There have been plenty of suggestions of statistics that subscribers
would like to see comparing Australia in 1996 and 2006, but don’t
forget to also email through the actual stats themselves to
Here are another 12 measures which are mostly focused around the economy and federal budget:
|Total tax revenue||$116 billion||$237 billion (inc GST)|
|Net worth of govt||-$74bn||-$26bn|
|Federal tax as proportion of GDP||22.3%||24.8%|
|Company tax revenue||$18.2bn||$41bn|
|Income tax revenue||$61.7bn||$110.5bn|
|Exports goods and services||$99.4bn||$170bn|
|Imports goods and services||$101bn||$200bn|
For all the overblown rhetoric, John Howard and Peter Costello have
ridden a huge boom and still managed to increase tax as a proportion of
GDP, retain a negative net worth of $30 billion for the Federal
government, massively blow out welfare spending, under-invest in
education and oversee a deteriorating trade performance with import
growth outpacing exports.
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What would the corporate sycophants be saying if all these measures had been genuinely impressive?