Issues of how to fairly compensate for a change to the GST in a cost-effective way have yet to be dealt with in detail.
The current GST debate slides over the issue of compensation - proposals so far are poorly defined and run into cost and fairness problems.
ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie has released modelling which shows that an increase to the GST will disproportionately affect those on lower incomes.
The Australian Council of Social Service has released modelling on the regressive effects of increasing or broadening the GST.
Katy Gallagher delivers her maiden speech in the Senate.
Former ACT chief minister now senator Katy Gallagher admits she has found the jump into the bigger political pool challenging.
Neville Wran, New South Wales premier from 1976 to 1986, was Australia’s first modern leader, building and using ‘political capital’.
Tax reform will be a hard sell, even for a prime minister of Malcolm Turnbull’s standing and imagination.
Guiyu, China: where electronic goods go to die.
Splitting the Goods and Services Tax in two, and taxing goods at a higher rate, would help to reflect the extra environmental damage done by products that are bought and later thrown in the rubbish.
Malcolm Turnbull will need to allow himself plenty of time to spruik tax reform before an election in 2016.
Call me naïve, but I can't see why Malcolm Turnbull would rush to an election early next year after flagging he will go full term.
John Howard took a big political risk to introduce the GST - will Malcolm Turnbull be bold enough to campaign on increasing it?
Cabinet secretary Arthur Sinodinos made some obvious but fundamental points when talking on Sunday about Malcolm Turnbull and tax reform.
Rather than expanding or increasing the GST, why not levy more heavily on items that hurt society and charge less on those that don’t?
The reasons this prominent economist doesn't support removing exemptions on GST are not what you'd think.
Australia’s tax and transfer system is highly progressive and benefits more people than is generally acknowledged.
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The Productivity Commission has just released a timely new working paper that sheds light on how Australia’s tax and transfer system functions to distribute income across the population both at a point…
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen, on Q&A, September 7, 2015.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen told Q&A that the government would have to spend close to 60% of any GST revenue raised on compensation. Is that a fact?
Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses a forum of Tax Institute and Chartered Accountants from Australia and New Zealand, on Monday.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has delivered yet another address saying income tax cuts must be given. That gets him an easy headline but tells us very little about the government’s plans. Hockey has also given…
Treasurers have agreed the GST should be levied on overseas purchases, but working out how to collect it is another matter.
The Australian Government's plan to make offshore companies collect and pass on GST has thrown up more questions than answers.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has agreement from the states on one aspect of the GST.
GST will be applied to all online goods, starting from 2017, following a meeting of state and federal treasurers.
Bitcoin functions like money, but the ATO treats it as a commodity for tax purposes.
The tax treatment of Bitcoin has been holding back the industry in Australia, but gradually the rules are changing.
Too much meat is bad for our health and the environment, so why not tax it while giving veggies a free pass?
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If GST was added to meat, the government could raise billions of dollars in revenue while also encouraging shoppers to eat more veggies - a lipsmacking prospect for public health and the environment.
Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh has said the GST is as inefficient but less equitable than income tax.
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The Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh, has said the the Government's latest tax discussion paper says the GST is as inefficient as income tax, adding he thinks it's less equitable. Is that right?
Australia’s government leaders are yet to unite on tax reform.
A package of tax reform, including a GST with a broader base, would help grow the Australian economy.
A leader’s retreat between state premiers and prime minister Tony Abbott will centre around the GST.
Who supports increasing the GST and who is against it? What does 'regressive tax' mean? And who will be worse off? Our experts give the answers.
Rethinking tax is harder than it looks.
Even when everyone agrees on the need for reform, there's no guarantee we'll ever see it happen.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird is one of the more reasonable and well-performing politicians in the country.
On Sunday, June 28, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill breakfasted at an Adelaide cafe. Baird had flown to SA for the meeting. Their discussion was about Tony…