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Whether he succeeds or not, Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to reform the federation will be a long and tricky process. AAP/Ben Macmahon

Turnbull’s plan to fix the federation is bold – but can he deliver?

Malcolm Turnbull's bold plan to give states the power to levy income tax is a risky move, and the latest in a string of attempts to 'fix' federal-state relations that have not succeeded.
A look at spending inequality suggests America is a bit more equal than we thought. Economic inequality via www.shutterstock.com

We’ve been measuring inequality wrong – here’s the real story

A new study on inequality analyzes the impact of fiscal policy, dramatically altering the standard view of rich and poor in America. It may also change how voters and candidates think about the issue.
Will South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma support the commitments to reform the economy? REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

South Africa’s budget promises will require buckets of political capital

There are many good things about the budget, including the promised cut to the payroll, but many of the key commitments relating to how policies will support growth are, at best, pointers.
Malcolm Turnbull is keen on big ideas, but so far has been slow to put any of his own into action. AAP/Dean Lewins

Why has the ‘ideas boom’ eluded the Turnbull government?

Five months into his prime ministership, it is difficult to know what Malcolm Turnbull really stands for, and his government risks paralysis as a result.
We might be ambivalent about taxation because it challenges our sense of ourselves as individuals – and we may not trust governments to spend it properly. Shutterstock

The politics of taxation – or how to convince people to part with their money

Many of us are happy for governments to increase spending on public services, but we don't like the idea of higher taxes. There are some good reasons for this.
Economic models are not likely to give Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull any magic answers on tax reform. Lukas Coch/AAP

Models only give part answer to real tax reform

The gains from modest tax reform are not likely to be a revolution in Australia.
Governments around the world are rewriting law to deal with tax avoidance by multinationals like Google. Peter Power/Reuters

‘War’ on tax avoidance overlooks some obvious legal fixes

Global measures to crack down on tax avoidance by multinationals will take some time to deliver. And there's still work to be done locally.
Google vice president Matt Brittin (right) and John Dixon, Ernst and Young’s head of tax (left), giving evidence to a Public Accounts Committee on tax avoidance in 2013. PA / PA Archive

How governments are helping big companies pay less tax

Governments may pledge to stop big companies from exploiting tax avoidance loopholes, but are they being honest?

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