Federal

Oct 10, 2017

GST carve-up mess makes a diabolical political challenge even tougher

The government is in terrible trouble in Queensland and Western Australia. So you'll never guess who would be one of the biggest losers from a reallocation of the GST to the west ...

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The Productivity Commission’s examination of the the means for divvying up GST revenue, and the underlying principle of “horizontal fiscal equalisation“, was always going to be a delaying mechanism for the government, and not a solution for what, from the Coalition’s point of view, is a Gordian fiscal knot.

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