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Australia’s tax and transfer system is highly progressive and benefits more people than is generally acknowledged. Image sourced from

Who really benefits from Australia’s tax and social security system?

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…
Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses a forum of Tax Institute and Chartered Accountants from Australia and New Zealand, on Monday. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Hockey’s tax story has a long journey ahead from fairytale to reality show

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…
Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh has said the GST is as inefficient but less equitable than income tax. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

FactCheck: is the GST as efficient but less equitable than income tax?

The Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh, has said the the Government's latest tax discussion paper says the GST is as inefficient as income tax, adding he thinks it's less equitable. Is that right?
A leader’s retreat between state premiers and prime minister Tony Abbott will centre around the GST. AAP/David Moir

Leaders debate the GST: what you need to know

Who supports increasing the GST and who is against it? What does 'regressive tax' mean? And who will be worse off? Our experts give the answers.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird is one of the more reasonable and well-performing politicians in the country. David Moir/AAP

That GST debate: is it game over, game on, or just a never-ending game?

On Sunday, June 28, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill breakfasted at an Adelaide cafe. Baird had flown to SA for the meeting. Their discussion was about Tony…
Joe Hockey made policy on the run when he appeared on ABC television’s Q&A. AAP/Lukas Coch

Hockey’s expensive night out

Treasurer Joe Hockey has always been wary of going on Q&A. He was right. Hockey made policy on the run on the program when he agreed that GST shouldn’t be applied to women’s sanitary products and promised…
Uber drivers have been classified as taxi drivers and will have to register for GST. Uber says they will challenge the decision. MAHATHIR MOHD YASIN /

GST and ride-sharing: why the ATO believes Uber must pay

A recent decision by the tax office that ride sharing services must pay GST has infuriated Uber. But are they being singled out?
Introducing a so-called ‘Netflix" tax in Australia makes sense. AAP/NewZulu/Richard Goldschmidt

The “Netflix tax” - coming to a country near you

The arrival of Netflix in Australia has brought into sharp relief the GST base erosion problem caused by global digital commerce. Along with the non-taxation of low-value imported goods, the absence of…
The Commonwealth appear to hold the aces when it comes to state-federal funding, but the states have cards to play. AAP/Stefan Postles

Time for states to change the script over GST gains

The stoush over GST redistribution followed a predictable script of squabbling between states; but now is the time for an alternative agenda.

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