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Treasury modelling released by the government backs up Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to walk away from an increase to the GST. Lukas Coch/AAP

Treasury modelling shows no growth lift from GST tax mix switch

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.
Economic models are not likely to give Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull any magic answers on tax reform. Lukas Coch/AAP

Models only give part answer to real tax reform

The gains from modest tax reform are not likely to be a revolution in Australia.
Malcolm Turnbull said the May budget would be the government’s tax platform and, for ‘all practical purposes’, its white paper. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull points to problems in raising GST

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.
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. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Scott Morrison has been wounded in GST row

If the government eventually decides against embracing a 15% GST, we might look back and conclude that the mortal blow was delivered this week.
Treasurer Scott Morrison’s critique of the green/white paper process is flawed and appears self-serving. Aaron Bunch/AAP

Why we need a taxation green paper

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”. Aaron Bunch/AAP

Morrison open to changing tax white paper process

Treasurer Scott Morrison has opened the possibility for an alternative to the government's present white paper process for tax reform.

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