Tax reform remains a political blame-game between the federal government and states.
If only the debate around the GST focused on what it takes to make a good tax system.
Treasurer Scott Morrison said if the states wanted to spend more they could raise their own taxes.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has declared that differences between federal and state governments over tax reform may be "irreconcilable" because states want to use funds from a GST change to spend more.
Malcolm Turnbull may struggle to persuade Daniel Andrews and some other state leaders to back major tax change, though Mike Baird has been arguing for reform.
Despite all the media coverage, don't expect any clear decisions on national tax reform on Friday. But we should see more progress on other issues, including domestic violence and violent extremism.
Former Howard government minister Peter Reith talks about the current challenges facing the Turnbull government.
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.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill is proposing to levy the GST on banking transactions.
Calls for GST on banking make sense, but working out the ultimate benefit is no easy task.
Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison’s recent comment was easy to misinterpret but ultimately correct.
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It would be easy to misinterpret a recent comment by federal Treasurer Scott Morrison as meaning that states and territories generate 90% of all revenue collected in Australia. That's not the case.
Treasurer Scott Morrison says he wants a ‘better tax system with a better mix’.
The tax mix switch logic the government seems to be pursuing is unlikely to have the desired effect.
Business Council of Australia president Catherine Livingstone has called on the government to cut the tax rates of all businesses.
Business Council of Australia president Catherine Livingstone has told Malcolm Turnbull he has had an "almost unparalleled" impact on national sentiment since becoming prime minister.
Issues of how to fairly compensate for a change to the GST in a cost-effective way have yet to be dealt with in detail.
The current GST debate slides over the issue of compensation - proposals so far are poorly defined and run into cost and fairness problems.
ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie has released modelling which shows that an increase to the GST will disproportionately affect those on lower incomes.
The Australian Council of Social Service has released modelling on the regressive effects of increasing or broadening the GST.
Katy Gallagher delivers her maiden speech in the Senate.
Former ACT chief minister now senator Katy Gallagher admits she has found the jump into the bigger political pool challenging.
Neville Wran, New South Wales premier from 1976 to 1986, was Australia’s first modern leader, building and using ‘political capital’.
Tax reform will be a hard sell, even for a prime minister of Malcolm Turnbull’s standing and imagination.
Guiyu, China: where electronic goods go to die.
Splitting the Goods and Services Tax in two, and taxing goods at a higher rate, would help to reflect the extra environmental damage done by products that are bought and later thrown in the rubbish.
Malcolm Turnbull will need to allow himself plenty of time to spruik tax reform before an election in 2016.
Call me naïve, but I can't see why Malcolm Turnbull would rush to an election early next year after flagging he will go full term.
John Howard took a big political risk to introduce the GST - will Malcolm Turnbull be bold enough to campaign on increasing it?
Cabinet secretary Arthur Sinodinos made some obvious but fundamental points when talking on Sunday about Malcolm Turnbull and tax reform.
Rather than expanding or increasing the GST, why not levy more heavily on items that hurt society and charge less on those that don’t?
The reasons this prominent economist doesn't support removing exemptions on GST are not what you'd think.
Australia’s tax and transfer system is highly progressive and benefits more people than is generally acknowledged.
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The Productivity Commission has just released a timely new working paper that sheds light on how Australia’s tax and transfer system functions to distribute income across the population both at a point…
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen, on Q&A, September 7, 2015.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen told Q&A that the government would have to spend close to 60% of any GST revenue raised on compensation. Is that a fact?
Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses a forum of Tax Institute and Chartered Accountants from Australia and New Zealand, on Monday.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has delivered yet another address saying income tax cuts must be given. That gets him an easy headline but tells us very little about the government’s plans. Hockey has also given…