Tax is the price we pay to live in a civilised society. So, in my fantasy budget, our elected government would invest in a lot more civilisation. Imagine if those waiting in chronic pain for their hip replacements didn't have to wait so long. Imagine if kids with severe disabilities got the support they needed while they were still kids. And imagine if riding the train or bus to work was not just convenient, but a productive and convivial use of time.
Fantasy budget 2015: close the tax loopholes
If economist and Australia Institute executive directorRichard Denniss were treasurer, he would stop giving subsidies to things we want to discourage, such as fossil fuels and binge drinking.