Henry review

Redirecting Royalties to the Rural Rump – The Nationals go vote-harvesting

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The Western Australian election 11 March will be a furious battle, but don’t bother with the popcorn – the ALP led by Mark McGowan is set to win easily and the fireworks of One Nation will prove a damp squib. Facing certain defeat, the Liberal–National Coalition are playing hard-ball to minimise their losses. The close […]

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Next time government says it can’t afford to build, wave this IA report in their face

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Australia has a problem: we can’t build roads, rail and schools as fast as population is growing with current government financing methods. Failing to keep up with our current needs – let alone investing for an uncertain future – puts the living standards of everyone at risk. We and our ancestors worked very hard to […]

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True Grit: leadership, political backbone and advancing the national interest

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The worst tax we pay is a state charge – conveyancing Stamp Duty, which makes it hard, sometimes impossible, to move across town to a better job or around the corner to a bigger or smaller home. Anyone living with modern teenagers and the elderly in a house of many steps or plentiful weeds know […]

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Australia’s real lifters and leaners

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by Philip Soos When the infamous duo of Abbott and Hockey came to power in 2013, they embarked upon a polarising rhetoric of “lifters” versus “leaners” separating Australians into one of two camps. The split was a simple one: those who earn and engage in productive activity, indicated by making a revenue or wage and […]

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Victoria thinks the unthinkable – land tax

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The Andrews government is flying a kite today in The Age to gauge public opinion on removing conveyancing Stamp Duty and using State Land Tax instead. This initiative deserves thunderous applause. With many young Victorians now excluded from home ownership and renting instead of building asset wealth in their own homes, the government can see […]

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Abandon bad taxes

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Flinty Deloittes economist Chris Richardson and all-heart ACOSS chief Cassandra Goldie are on the same page today in the Australian Financial Review. Literally – page 47. Their tax policy prescriptions, now Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out increasing the GST, are identical. Both pieces are paywalled to limit readership and discussion to AFR subscribers. We won’t […]

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Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

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The economic impact of stamp duty, a study by Deloitte Access Economics for the Property Council of Australia released yesterday, finds Australia’s GDP would increase by $3.3 billion and real consumption by $9.7 billion if conveyancing stamp duty was replaced by an increase in the GST. Deloittes explains the damage and misallocation stamp duties impose: […]

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Freebairn & Stewart: Let’s talk tax.

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Professors John Freebairn and Miranda Stewart have penned an opinion piece today in The Age with a welcome call for state tax reform that could save taxpayers tens of billions every year. Most taxes carry deadweight losses – value destroyed as behaviour is distorted to avoid paying tax or make un-taxed alternatives more attractive. There […]

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Political cowardice, bad taxes and the FIRB furball

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The Australian people are being distracted from the main game by a mad side-show over foreign nationals buying our land. The sheer scale of this buying is further inflating our sorely overheated property market, imposing great costs on first-time buyers, giving a free carry to existing owners and adding to the distortions in our economy […]

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Find me a true prophet!

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The Barnett government in WA is advertising for someone to forecast what its tax and royalty revenues will be. Earlier official predictions, notably on iron ore royalty revenue, have proven wildly inaccurate. The advertisement specifically calls for macro-economic and econometric skills and the ability to, ahem, “develop the econometric skills within the division”. This appointment […]

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