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Treasurer Scott Morrison will say in a speech on Thursday that with a stronger economy, the fiscal position has improved compared with a year ago. AAP/Luis Ascui

Turnbull government abandons $8.2 billion Medicare levy increase

Treasurer Scott Morrison will argue that a stronger budget outlook means the increase in the Medicare levy is no longer required.
Australians are spending a larger proportion of their income on health insurance as premium increases outpace wage growth. The Conversation / Shutterstock

Private health insurance premium increases explained in 14 charts

Private health insurance premiums are set to rise again. These 14 charts (well, technically 10 charts and four tables) look at some of the reasons why health insurance premiums keep going up and up.
Because the threshold for the Medicare levy exemption is based on family income, the reform will reinforce the move towards higher effective tax rates on low income second earners in a family. Joe Castro/AAP

Shifting the tax burden to middle-income earners will undermine jobs and growth

With its recent budget changes, the government is proposing a rise in marginal tax rates across a wide band of middle incomes and a marginal tax rate cut for the top.

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