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TIM AYRES. What We Leave Behind: The Case for Universal Inheritance, including an inheritance tax.

Older Australians are enjoying a growing share of Australia’s wealth; the wealth of younger Australians has stagnated. Structural changes to the labour market threatens to leave more young people in low wage, precarious work than any generation before them, and … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. Federal Government failure and State Government responses.

Various premiers have finally despaired of the torpor of the Turnbull administration. .. so the states have begun to go it on their own. 

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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 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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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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Michael Keating. Fiscal Repair – both Revenue and Expenditure.

With Federal Budget deficits projected to continue indefinitely, the one thing that is generally agreed is that fiscal repair and consolidation is absolutely necessary. Where there is debate, however, is about how much of the repair job must be achieved … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. The Government’s mid-year budget update. Part 2.

Where to from here?  So what is the Government’s strategy to return the Budget to return to surplus as the government has promised over the medium term? The May Budget was almost universally criticised for its unfairness. While restoring fiscal … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. Government Concedes and Declares Victory

For months the government and its various spokesmen in the Australian have been warning us that the nation faces a catastrophe if the Budget does not pass the Parliament intact. Essentially we were told that there was ‘no alternative’ if … Continue reading

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