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MUNGO MacCALLUM. Scott Morrison – channelling Paul Keating or Joe Hockey.

  In his latest jeremiad on the state of the economy, Scott Morrison seemed torn between channelling Paul Keating or Joe Hockey. There was an echo of Keating’s warning about the country turning into a banana republic, in the prospect … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. The 2016-17 Budget. Part 1 of 2.

The Turnbull Government’s Budget for 2016-17 reflects an essentially ‘steady as she goes’ fiscal strategy. Not that that is a fault – indeed it can be a virtue, especially when matched against the give-aways in other previous pre-election budgets. Furthermore, … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. The Turnbull Proposal for State Income Taxes

Prime Minister Turnbull says his proposal for the States to levy their own income tax ‘is the most fundamental reform to the Federation in generations’. Well maybe. It certainly would be a significant change, but reform? Furthermore, even if this … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. An Update on Tax Reform

The Prime Minister seems to have been encouraging speculation that the Government has decided not to consider any reform of taxation that involves an increase in the GST. If true, hardly a courageous decision, given the support he has received … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. The Government’s mid-year Budget Update. Part 1.

What does it say about the government’s fiscal performance?  The headline news is that the Budget deficit for the current fiscal year, 2014-15 has blown out by $10.6 bn from $29.8 bn in the Budget to $40.4 bn in the … Continue reading

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