Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised any changes to the GST will be “fair”.
There isn't a magical formula which compensates everyone for an increase in the GST - but there is a way to ensure fairness.
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.
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…
Public hospital funding is in a critical condition.
Any health reform proposals should start by addressing public hospitals and chronic care. But successful change in these areas requires getting the state-Commonwealth funding and incentives right.
The federation’s problems have outlasted the leaders who sought transformative reforms a decade ago; their successors must be wholly committed and follow democratic principles if they are to do any better.
The federalism discussion paper is out and the prime minister has called a leaders' 'retreat' to consider it. They should build on the Constitution's democratic principles to make the federation work better.
More mines, more roads, as the government puts its drive towards economic development ahead of all else.
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Amid talk of paths to surplus and investing in infrastructure, both sides of politics seem to have forgotten Australia's longstanding responsibility to govern sustainably, and not just for the economy.
Australia needs a new Federal Compact to supplement a Constitution now empty of meaning.
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There is almost nothing in the Constitution that helps us make the system function, as against a mass of gaps and silences that are the sources of our problems.
The Australian newspaper reported that the Federal Treasurer has refused to back down on a proposed $4 billion cut to schools and hospital funding – a move that will anger the states.
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The government’s attempt to engage the States on one hand while whipping them with the other does not augur well for tackling growing health and education costs -- or for lasting federal reform.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his state and territory counterparts have promised a stronger national response to violence against women – but will they deliver?
Australia's federal and state leaders have pledged "urgent collective action" on violence against women. But a closer look at COAG's new action plan reveals we're already years behind on key measures.
The Commonwealth appear to hold the aces when it comes to state-federal funding, but the states have cards to play.
The stoush over GST redistribution followed a predictable script of squabbling between states; but now is the time for an alternative agenda.
Members of COAG listen to Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the top of this morning’s meeting at Parliament House.
States ready for arm wrestle with Abbott to get better deal on hospitals, schools.
COAG meets to discuss the allocation of GST.
Wondering about the how the GST revenue is actually allocated? Read this explainer.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is dealing with a very different COAG to the last one he chaired.
Bitter battles about money hang heavily over the Council of Australian Governments meeting, though Tony Abbott wants it to concentrate on the less divisive topics.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will chair a meeting on domestic violence, flanked by the rest of Australia’s political leaders – but will they finally commit to long-term, bipartisan action?
For decades, successive governments have cherry-picked reports on domestic violence for the easy fixes, and ignored the hard stuff. So no more summits and royal commissions – it's time to act.
Rupert Murdoch has tweeted that Tony Abbott’s chief of staff Peta Credlin should stand down.
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News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch has made an extraordinary intervention in the Coalition controversy over Tony Abbott’s chief…
Today’s state and territory leaders have an opportunity to emulate the founders of the federation and make history by breathing new life into Australia’s system of government.
Federation in 1901 is now the middle point between 2014 and the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. Despite this, most views of federation, if Australians have one at all, are probably shaped by its 19th-century…
Does COAG help the Prime Minister and the Premiers collaborate - or create a platform for empty grandstanding?
The reform of Australia’s federation is under review. In this special series, we ask leading Australian academics to begin a debate on renewing federalism, from tax reform to the broader issues of democracy…
An unintended consequence of competitive federalism has led states to abandon high benefit-cost ratio projects for inferior ones.
Calls to lift the GST rate to placate the states financial challenges will serve to only exacerbate an already severe vertical fiscal imbalance and prolong a deeply unsatisfactory chapter in Australia’s…
Abandoning health reforms will undoubtedly lead to worse performance, including longer waiting times, across the health system.
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Yesterday was a sorry day in the long history of health reform in Australia. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council issued its five year score-keeper’s report on health reform progress…