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It’s not all about GST: why land tax should be on Hockey’s agenda

Most economists agree that indirect taxes are the future. But while GST gets all the political oxygen, it’s land tax where the real opportunity lies, writes economist and journalist Jason Murphy.

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Parkinson leaves the rich out of talk of fiscal sustainability

A debate about the sustainability of our tax system should start with fixing existing taxes before we increase them or create new ones, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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In tough budget times, retirees must take a hit

Big-ticket fiscal reforms that have limited economic impacts are few and far between, a new Grattan Institute report shows. And the ones that exist aren’t politically palatable.

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Labor’s not dead yet

Crikey readers have their say on the GST, what Rupert Murdoch’s endorsement really means and whether Labor really is dead and buried.

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GST lost to online imports isn’t the problem. This is …

Retailers’ arguments that we should impose the GST on online imported purchases ignore the point that other, more obvious GST fixes will yield far more money. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Coalition’s GST retreat a bad outcome for the states

The Coalition’s abandonment of its position on the GST is a victory for Labor but bad news for states struggling to pay the bills. Would Abbott be too scared to tackle tough issues in government?

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Poorly executed

Crikey readers talk the GST, whether the rich are paying enough tax and dangling modifiers at The Age.

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You can increase the GST without raising prices

Crikey readers talk the GST and asylum seekers.

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Sudden outbreak of responsibility from both parties on budget

The Coalition’s sudden enthusiasm for spending cuts is rather hypocritical — but a welcome embrace of fiscal responsibility. Both major parties are lifting their game, improving the dire standards in political debate.

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Fantasy budget: Keane on the slow path to sustainability

Big writedowns in revenues are a problem, but a slow path back to budget sustainability can be found by curbing big spending and tax items. Crikey’s political correspondent draws up his fantasy budget.

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Fantasy budget: economist John Quiggin is treasurer for a day

Ahead of the budget, Crikey asked economist John Quiggin what he would do if he were Wayne Swan. Tax hikes on the rich and a lift in the GST to pay for improved services — and don’t panic about the deficit.

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High consumption taxes? Not in Australia

A new survey shows Australia compares favourably when it comes to consumer taxes — and undermines the arguments of multinationals like Apple.

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Govt agrees on GST for e-shopping — whatever you think

Whatever your view on applying GST to online purchases, Canberra supports it. Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury is trying to walk both sides of the street.

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Ask the economists: should the GST remain a sacred cow?

Crikey intern Frances Mao asks the experts whether the GST should be increased (or broadened) to bail out cash-strapped state governments.

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Retailers’ GST import hopes will come to nothing

No politician is going to back a GST change that would directly hit the household. The hopes of Myer boss Bernie Brookes and others will inevitably be dashed.

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Terms of company tax paper too narrow to be meaningful

As expected, the proposals from the business tax working group to lower the company tax rate in Australia from 30% to 25% has produced the usual chorus of selfishness.

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Barnett’s GST call offers a clue to federal future

Does Colin Barnett know something about Tony Abbott’s plans for tax reform that the rest of us don’t? Rob Burgess of Business Spectator examines.

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Get a real job, Wayne — mining tax take won’t cut it

With the resources sector transitioning from boom times to just “good times”, Canberra’s tax take is on the slide. Without a bold fix it might be time for Wayne Swan to don the hard hat for real, says Rob Burgess.

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When’s a good time to introduce a great big new tax?

The chorus has been building for months from Coalition figures across the country: “now is not the time to introduce a carbon tax”. But if now’s a bad time to introduce a new tax, 2000 was much worse.

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Keane’s fantasy budget (and how to pay for it)

Removing middle class welfare and tax reform would deliver a health surplus while addressing some key economic problems.

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Tassie budget: Lara’s theme is austerity and the writing’s on the wall

There is tangible despair in Hobbit Town today as the full impact of Premier Lara Giddings’ austere budget reveals itself, writes Bruce Montgomery, a freelance journalist in Hobart.

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GST push on overseas purchases least of retail’s woes

The push by some Australian retailers for the government to apply GST on overseas retail purchases continues in earnest, despite the cost of the proposals.

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Dick Smith backs Gerry Harvey’s call for online GST

Entrepreneur Dick Smith has backed electronics mogul Gerry Harvey in his fight to have GST applied to online purchases from overseas.

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Productivity needs a shot in the arm — why not a GST boost?

Iin a political climate where people are craving leadership, and Australia’s productivity needs a desperate shot in the arm, advocating a tax swap should be opportune, writes Adam Creighton, a research fellow at The Centre For Independent Studies.

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States sing the same old tune at tax forum

This week’s tax summit — sorry, forum — comes with low expectations, and so far seems to be meeting them.

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