University of Canberra Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis Mark Evans and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott wasn’t happy with Treasurer Joe Hockey offering up GST revenue.
The Abbott government desperately tries, but nearly always fails, to run to a tight script.
Joe Hockey made policy on the run when he appeared on ABC television’s Q&A.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has always been wary of going on Q&A. He was right. Hockey made policy on the run on the program when he agreed that GST shouldn’t be applied to women’s sanitary products and promised…
Uber drivers have been classified as taxi drivers and will have to register for GST. Uber says they will challenge the decision.
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A recent decision by the tax office that ride sharing services must pay GST has infuriated Uber. But are they being singled out?
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.
Introducing a so-called ‘Netflix" tax in Australia makes sense.
The arrival of Netflix in Australia has brought into sharp relief the GST base erosion problem caused by global digital commerce. Along with the non-taxation of low-value imported goods, the absence of…
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.
Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has not responded happily to hints by federal government ministers that his state must privatise assets if they want a larger slice of the GST pie.
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Western Australia should not be bullied into microeconomic reform and privatisation by the federal government while their slice of the GST is held to ransom.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has faced a blow in the latest opinion poll.
With the May 12 budget potentially crucial for Tony Abbott's future, a Fairfax/Ipsos poll shows the government will go into its testing selling task with Treasurer Joe Hockey at rock bottom popularity.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics, including why Western Australia is wild about a possible cut in its share of GST revenue.
Treasurer Joe Hockey is sympathetic to Western Australia’s GST wishes.
Of all the states, Western Australia is the one that traditionally has had the most individual and, let's face it, bolshie, identity. When it has a grievance, the west can raise hell for a federal government of either hue.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are currently exempt from GST for equity reasons, but it’s time for a rethink.
Simply increasing the GST rate would make for poor tax design. Instead, the government should broaden the base and lock in compensation measures.
Treasurer Joe Hockey is likely to have an easier time selling a package of tax reforms rather than individual changes.
Changing the GST in isolation would create serious problems, but increasing it alongside other reforms could have a major upside.
Treasurer Joe Hockey said that Australia’s heavy reliance on income taxes ‘may be unsustainable’.
The government's long awaited tax discussion paper says Australia has a relatively low tax burden compared to other developed countries but its system faces "challenges from a changing world".
Can everyone be a winner from comprehensive tax reform?
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Just what are the issues we need to watch when it comes to tax reform? Read this explainer.
Political, not legal hurdles, stand in the way of the Australian Prime Minister increasing the GST.
Under Australian law, changes to the GST are said to be not permitted unless the states agree to the changes. In reality, the GST lock-in mechanism is legally meaningless and unenforceable, though it may…
History tells us it’s better for countries to get their GST right to start with, rather than try to broaden the base later.
Value added tax (VAT), virtually non-existent before 1960, has been the predominant form of consumption tax since the mid-1980s. Given that more than 160 countries now have a VAT, it is hardly surprising…