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CHARLES LIVINGSTONE. South Australia’s gambling tax highlights the regulatory mess of online betting.

The South Australian government  will introduce from July a “point-of-consumption tax” to claw back some of the gambling tax revenue it is seeing disappear over the border. The new tax is a reasonable response to a growing problem, and probably won’t … Continue reading

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John Menadue. State income taxes – another political diversion?

Malcolm Turnbull’s suggestion of states entering the income tax field may please ‘state rightists’ in the Liberal party, but it will damage our national aspirations and our national society and economy. In the repost below, Michael Keating, almost two years … Continue reading

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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. The Future of Federalism

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue. Six months ago Tony Abbott announced that he wanted to ‘create a more rational system of government for the nation that we have undoubtedly have become’. A … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. Rebalancing government in Australia. Part II

Taxation Reform and Vertical Fiscal Imbalance Another third and final reason for national government pre-eminence over the States in our federal system is of course the national government’s domination of taxation, widely described as ‘vertical fiscal imbalance’ or VFI. Paul … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. Rebalancing government in Australia. Part I.

The Future of Federalism Tony Abbott recently announced that he wants ‘to create a more rational system of government for the nation that we have undoubtedly become’. As Abbott describes it, achievement of this more rational system is dependent on developing … Continue reading

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Turning the federation clock back to 1901.

The Commission of Audit has made many unhelpful suggestions about budgetary and economic issues. It seems to have been driven more by ideology than fact.  See my blog of May 1 2014 “The Commission of Audit and facing the wrong … Continue reading

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