Beautiful Cottesloe beach in Perth – could Western Australians soon file for divorce from the rest of us?
To secede or not to secede, that is the question for WA, as it considers going it alone (though not everyone is taking it seriously).
Applying the GST to bank products and services would increase costs for consumers but reduce distortion in our economy.
Applying the GST to banking has much sounder economic underpinnings than the current levy, would have raised much more revenue, and would have applied to all banks rather than just the big banks.
Blessed with mineral royalty payments, the Western Australian Government has seen its allocation of GST revenue slashed.
The government shouldn't cave to WA's calls for a change to the way GST is divvied out. The current system has served Australia well.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says he wants to cap tax revenue.
There are many potential reforms to the tax system that are revenue neutral, from broadening the tax base to replacing transaction taxes.
Scott Morrison said the Productivity Commission had been asked to inquire into the impact of the current system of horizontal fiscal equalisation.
The government has ordered the Productivity Commission to review how the GST revenue is sliced up.
The new GST laws will force Ebay and other online marketplaces to pay GST on goods sold by overseas sellers.
The governments move to include low-value online bought goods in the GST doesn't treat overseas and local sellers in the same way.
India’s GST still needs to pass some check points but it promises economic reform.
India stands to economically benefit from the introduction of a Goods and Services Tax. Australia could also cash in.
No matter who wins power, a large part of federal budget repair will fall on the states.
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The path back to surplus inevitably winds through state finances. And it's a potholed road.
NSW treasurer Gladys Berejiklian has handed down a $3.7 billion surplus.
NSW's no-debt budget comes with a declining share of GST, an issue that must be wrangled with the federal government.
Malcolm Turnbull visited a shipyard early in the campaign to highlight an already announced contract to build naval patrol boats.
When it comes to Western Australia, key state issues will be more significant than usual in swinging the vote in the 2016 federal election.
BCA President Catherine Livingstone greets Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The Business Council of Australia speaks for the big end of town - but does it still have the ear of government?
$2 a day bought me a lacto-ovo-pesco vegetarian style diet (milk, eggs and fish) but with very small quantities of protein foods.
Last week I joined 8,500 Australians on the charity challenge to live below the extreme poverty line, spending just $2 a day on food for five days. It was tough and my diet was far from complete.
Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull will be working hard to prevent the kind of errors and complacency that have tripped up leaders before them.
The recent history of elections in Australia is a varied one, with some spectacular crashes and own goals along the way.
Bill Shorten is not a natural orator, but was passionate and persuasive in the more sober parts of his speech.
In his budget reply, Bill Shorten avoided the government's traps and wisely stressed his party's traditional strengths: health, education and social policy.
A handful of ideas to fix the tax system.
A better tax system and long-term budget sustainability starts with this blueprint.
Whether he succeeds or not, Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to reform the federation will be a long and tricky process.
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.
Malcolm Turnbull is keen on big ideas, but so far has been slow to put any of his own into action.
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.
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.
While a major tax switch is now not on, Scott Morrison is still heavily focused on the challenge of bracket creep.
Fairfax-Ipsos’ first poll of 2016 has the government ahead 52-48% on the two-party vote and Malcolm Turnbull leading Bill Shorten 64-19% as preferred prime minister. While the numbers for the Coalition…
Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash worked closely when he was a senator, and he has been a supporter of hers.
In some circles they call Fiona Nash the "Barnaby whisperer". It's said she's able to calm him down. In electing Nash their new deputy the Nationals have acted wisely.