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Super tax concessions the lowest of low-hanging fruit

Super tax concessions the lowest of low-hanging fruit

It's time for Turnbull to pick the lowest low-hanging fruit of tax reform, writes executive director of The Australia Institute Ben Oquist.

Forget broadening GST, it’s time to close tax breaks for the rich

Forget broadening GST, it’s time to close tax breaks for the rich

If Turnbull really wants a fair tax system, he needs to look beyond GST, writes executive director of the Australia Institute Ben Oquist.

Guinea, Gina and the giant gifts enjoyed by miners

Guinea, Gina and the giant gifts enjoyed by miners

While Gina Rinehart demands that governments get off the back of the beleaguered mining industry, it is enjoying massive subsidies from state governments.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Foxtel revamp on the cards ... the Victorian ALP is fighting fires ... odds off for public servants ...

Direct Action a gross waste, and Abbott’s right to cap its funding

Direct Action a gross waste, and Abbott’s right to cap its funding

Tony Abbott is right to cap his worthless Direct Action plan on carbon emissions. If only he'd go further and dump it altogether, writes our man in Canberra.

Keane: super is upper-class welfare and a swindle

Keane: super is upper-class welfare and a swindle

It's predictable that media outlets aimed at the wealthy would defend the current superannuation tax rorts, which see the poor boost the retirement savings of the very rich. So why is Simon Crean defending it?

C’mon, Kev, show some guts: tell us where we’re weak

C’mon, Kev, show some guts: tell us where we’re weak

We need more than just idle talk from a Prime Minister and a Treasury that knows what's needed and should have the guts to issue a report pointing out our weak areas and suggesting what needs to be done.

Kiribati and Tuvalu climate change strategy: total evacuation

Kiribati and Tuvalu climate change strategy: total evacuation

Climate change is already having major effects on Pacific Island states, says a new report from Oxfam. Australia and New Zealand need to stop hoping the problem will go away.

A mining boom for mining companies… not for anyone else

A mining boom for mining companies… not for anyone else

New research suggests the benefits of the mining boom were far smaller than believed.

You don’t have to be Humbert Humbert to see child sexualisation

You don’t have to be Humbert Humbert to see child sexualisation

The uncovering of hard evidence that David Jones set out to sexualise children in its advertising makes monkeys out of the small band of media academics who leapt to the defence of the retailer.