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Michael Keating. Federalism (repost)

The Government’s Commission of Audit, which preceded this Budget, recommended that policy and service delivery should as far as practicable be the responsibility of the level of government closest to the people receiving those services, and that each level of … 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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John Menadue. Tax reform and vested interests.

We are in the midst of a misleading campaign on tax and budget reform. Large corporations and high income groups are pressing the government to increase the GST in order to reduce company tax and taxes for high-income groups. I … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. The Key Options for Tax Reform

One useful outcome from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on 11 December, was its acknowledgement of the “emerging budgetary pressures across all levels of government, particularly in the health sector.” This acknowledgement must be the critical starting point … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. Tax Reform and Future Federal-State Relations

All informed opinion is that fiscal repair in Australia will require action on the revenue side as well as the expenditure side of the Budget. Accordingly at least some tax reform is essential and unavoidable. In addition, reform of the … Continue reading

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Greg Smith- Tax Reform and Change Leadership

If we look at the tax reforms of the past we can observe a few clear problems that are accumulating from design compromises. We replaced narrow indirect taxes with a broader GST, but the GST base is narrower than consumption … Continue reading

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Focus on tax avoidance, not GST hike.

Michael West, in the SMH continues his many articles on tax avoidance by major international companies who operate in Australia. He mentions many of them, including Big Pharma, Google, Paypal, Newscorp. He comments ‘How long can [these companies] continue to … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. Taxation Reform

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue.  Oliver Wendell Holmes, the great American jurist, is reputed to have said, ‘I like to pay taxes. In this way I buy civilisation.’ However, in contrast to … Continue reading

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