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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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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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Isentia Index: GST carve up in the air as Hockey calls for change

State politics have taken a national bent, with WA fighting to keep its GST revenue.

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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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Essential: going off the grog, and what will support you in retirement?

Australians are drinking less, or not at all, but oppose more taxes on alcohol. And they’re increasingly uncertain about their retirement income, Essential Report shows.

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A mandate on the GST? Not so fast …

Crikey readers have their say on the GST, Senator Nova Peris and the ABC.

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Essential: Abbott plummets in voter esteem, and who influences parties?

Voters’ view of Tony Abbott has fallen alarmingly over the last month, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Crikey Clarifier: what’s the mechanism for hiking the GST?

Tony Abbott has goaded state governments into lobbying for hiking the GST. Crikey intern Danielle Thompson looks at the mechanisms for change.

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Labor lacks passion, but Liberals are liars

Crikey readers talk the budget, what the Labor Party stands for, and the problem with increasing the GST.

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Abbott’s fistful of dollars will be a slug on states as well as voters

Tony Abbott’s proposed income tax rise will hurt the states as well as consumers, and risks a demand crunch — all for a fiscal sugar hit.

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Government channelling Labor in its mixed budget messages

The government’s pre-budget messaging, with handouts for some and cuts for others, is chaotic and will undermine its economic case, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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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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