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.
Treasury modelling released by the government backs up Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to walk away from an increase to the GST.
The government has released Treasury modelling showing a tax mix switch with a 15% GST and income tax cuts would deliver no gains to economic growth.
Jay Weatherill's willingness to countenance an increase to the GST angered federal Labor colleagues. But he tells Michelle Grattan he has no regrets about his "circuit-breaker" intervention.
Economic models are not likely to give Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull any magic answers on tax reform.
The gains from modest tax reform are not likely to be a revolution in Australia.
As the government considers a tax reform agenda without changing the GST, Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer discusses tax and superannuation with Michelle Grattan.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a family fun day at The Lodge in Canberra.
As Malcolm Turnbull continues to strike down the prospects of a GST increase being part of his tax package, the secretary of his department, Martin Parkinson, is taking charge of the tax issue bureaucratically…
Malcolm Turnbull said the May budget would be the government’s tax platform and, for ‘all practical purposes’, its white paper.
Malcolm Turnbull has said the budget will contain the government's tax policy, and questioned whether the benefits of increasing the GST would be worth the difficulties of doing so.
As parliament returned this week, the government was rattled by a GST debate that had run wild, agitating backbenchers and causing the government to pause.
Treasurer Scott Morrison had a bad first week of the new parliamentary year, as the idea of a possible GST increase came in for a barrage of negativity.
If the government eventually decides against embracing a 15% GST, we might look back and conclude that the mortal blow was delivered this week.
At the start of a frenetic year for independent Nick Xenophon, the South Australian senator says his new national political party, the Nick Xenophon Team, will fill a vacuum.
Malcolm Turnbull must wait for Nationals leader Warren Truss to decide his future before announcing a ministerial reshuffle.
When Malcolm Turnbull addressed his party room on Tuesday, he had a double message.
In the first Politics Podcast for 2016, Michelle Grattan and Tony Burke discuss the challenging gap between government revenue and spending.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has been sceptical about the usefulness of economic modelling.
Scott Morrison has become a true believer in the cause of raising the GST, determined to drive a major switch in the tax mix. The big question is whether Malcolm Turnbull will end up in the same place…
The Coalition under Malcolm Turnbull continues its lead over Labor in the latest Newspoll.
A 15% GST accompanied by income tax cuts has received a thumbs down from voters in the first Newspoll of 2016.
Eric Abetz is resisting pressure to fall in line with the outcome of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
How far should party discipline go? Not as far as certain proponents of same-sex marriage would like it to in the Liberal Party.
Treasurer Scott Morrison’s critique of the green/white paper process is flawed and appears self-serving.
Last year Joe Hockey was quite clear: he issued a discussion about the Australian tax system, and promised a green paper on options and a white paper on government policy.
Treasurer Scott Morrison said people were not interested in “reading a large tome on tax”.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has opened the possibility for an alternative to the government's present white paper process for tax reform.
It went woozy in the middle but it ended ok.
The key events that made the business community laugh, cheer and despair in 2015.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has so far been a consultative leader who takes people with him.
Malcolm Turnbull has had a remarkable start to his prime ministership. Even in the little things.
Various options for increasing GST have been modelled.
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Is Labor's Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh, right to warn that each household may effectively face the prospect of paying an extra $4,500 a year in GST?