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Aug 22, 2014

Crikey says: govt has lost the battle on fairness

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Outgoing Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson has identified one of the key problems at the heart of the government’s efforts to sell its budget — and indeed its broader economic strategy.

The perceptions of unfairness that have dogged the government from the moment Joe Hockey delivered the budget could have been offset by signalling that it would address the extraordinary benefits that high-income earners derive from the tax system in areas like superannuation in its tax white paper.

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2 thoughts on “Crikey says: govt has lost the battle on fairness

  1. Alex

    Here sits I, middle-income, very comfortably well-off, paying less tax thanks to superannuation concessions. Now, I choose to take advantage of these because I see no benefit in ‘donating” to the government, but, it ain’t right! Maybe I compensate by directing more money to genuine charities, maybe I don’t, but, there are people who will be far worse off than me, paying more tax, or at least a higher ttax rate, and when your poor, each dollar foregone counts for so much more.

    This sort of policy leads to greater inequity, and in the longer run, lower overall wealth, as so very well illustrated by the good ol’ US of A. And, if yfou think that higher taxation rates reduce prosperity, take a look at Scandanavia, with some of the highest average wealth levels in the world.

    Of course, what puts fear into the wealthy is the word “average”. It implies equity, i.e. the loss of their equity and privileges.

  2. AR

    Thanks [email protected] – you saved me the effort to write almost exactly the same thing. I benefit hugely, think it unfair but am not currently feeling masochistic.

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