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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 7 UNLOCK?

Has the tax discussion taken us further away from reform?

With most sensible options ruled out, we’ve gone backwards on tax reform, not forwards.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | UNLOCK?

Inflation on target, but will the Reserve Bank hold fire?

Yesterday’s inflation data gives the go-ahead to cut interest rates, but will the RBA wait for the budget, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane ask.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 13 UNLOCK?

Labor leaves Coalition isolated on super tax handouts

The government looks flat-flooted as sentiment turns against generous superannuation tax concessions to the wealthy.

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ECONOMY | 3 UNLOCK?

Stevens finally opens up on the fiscal front

Glenn Stevens has made clear he wants more help from the budget in improving Australia’s tepid economic growth, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | UNLOCK?

Essential: everyone thinks the budget will be bad for them

Voters expect the coming budget will be good for the wealthy and business, but bad for the rest of us — but that’s still better than last year’s budget, today’s Essential Report shows.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 24 UNLOCK?

Abbott rightly resists the whine of the west

Tony Abbott is right to avoid the WA-versus-the-rest GST stoush, but he can’t avoid the fight over health and education funding.

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Good news on the jobs front suggest growth could be picking up

Today’s jobless numbers suggest the economy’s tepid growth might be improving, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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CRIKEY INTERN | ECONOMY | 9 UNLOCK?

What the heck is horizontal fiscal equalisation, and why does WA hate it?

Western Australia is particularly upset with the way the federal government distributes GST revenue. Does it have a point? Crikey intern Sophie Thomas explains.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 6 UNLOCK?

Government faces fights on multiple fiscal fronts

The government faces fights on multiple fronts on tax and the budget, but doesn’t appear to have coordinated its tactics.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 12

‘Mild contraction’ to give birth to a big taxing and spending budget

Joe Hockey anticipates a “mildly contractionary” budget, in the face of falling revenues. What does he mean?

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 9

Timid politicians, angry voters and the two ‘reform agendas’

Business complaints about the lack of political will for reform disguises that the reform they now want is very different to that of the last 30 years.

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What’s strategic and what’s not for foreign investment?

With the ruling out of a Glencore bid for Rio Tinto by the Treasurer, we have a clearer idea of what’s protected in Australia. But not clear enough, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 21

The messy politics of multinational tax dodging

The Coalition is being outflanked by Labor on multinational tax avoidance, and the political costs to the government could be high.

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ECONOMY | 6

Sydney real estate versus the economy? Not that simple …

When it comes to interest rates, it’s not as simple as saying Sydney house prices as stopping rate cuts, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 21

The dirty secret of penalty rate opponents: business is booming

Far from being “crippled” or “killed” by penalty rates, Australia’s cafe and restaurant sector is growing so fast it will soon overtake manufacturing.

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ECONOMY | 8

What News Corp’s John Black got wrong about the NSW election

The Australian economist John Black had some pretty out-there ideas about what would happen in the NSW election. Let’s fact-check them, shall we? Economist Tom Westland does the maths.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 32

Super tax changes need to look beyond the fiscal

Fixing superannuation tax concessions will have implications right across our retirement income system — and we should use them to address emerging problems.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 7

Calls for TPP transparency likely to fall on DFAT ears

There’s a consensus among independent economic agencies that we are going about “free trade agreements” the wrong way, but the government is unlikely to listen as it prepares to cave in to US intellectual property demands.

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ECONOMY | 11

Harper review revisits old territory populated by political cowards

While the Harper review is valuable, we already know what we need to do about competition in Australia, and we’re not doing it, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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ECONOMY | 22

New TPP leak reveals how we’re trading our sovereignty for cheap tariffs

WikiLeaks has published the secret investment chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dr Matthew Rimmer, associate professor at ANU College of Law, explains its insidious implications.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 17

Reformers, overlook fairness in tax at your peril

If reformers overlook the importance of fairness in taxation, they’ll end up further undermining already fragile voter confidence in our tax system.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 1

Essential: what voters want on tax reform

Voters’ idea of tax reform is very different from economists’, today’s Essential Report shows.

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ECONOMY | 1

Business bites: consumers won’t spend … iron ore descends … oil slump trend …

Despite an increase in their disposable income, US consumers aren’t spending. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 1

It’s time to close this company tax loophole

The tax white paper urges a review of dividend imputation, which has now strayed from its original goals, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | ECONOMY | 19

Treasury’s panacea: surrender to tax dodgers

On multinational tax avoidance, the government white paper is a white flag, proposing a surrender to large corporations.

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