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Treasurer Scott Morrison says ‘this is not a time to be splashing money around’. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Election budget sends companies sweeteners to drive growth

The Turnbull government has promised company tax cuts to stimulate investment and action to prevent middle-income earners moving into a higher tax bracket, in a budget that will launch its election campaign.
African governments have some hard decisions to make if they want to breathe new life into the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative. Shutterstock

Africa needs smart macroeconomic policies to navigate headwinds

Africa needs to navigate the difficult economic waters that lie ahead without undoing the gains of the past two decades. Success will require difficult political choices.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says now is not the right time for corporate tax cuts. Lukas Coch/AAP

Budget company tax cut a hard sell politically

After a GST increase to finance big income tax cuts disappeared as a viable option for the May budget, attention centred on reducing the 30% company tax rate. But, assuming the government goes ahead with…
Malcolm Turnbull plans to raise the idea of states' access to income tax at this week’s COAG meeting. Dean Lewins/AAP

Turnbull’s reform pitch – state access to income tax

Just when we thought the tax debate was winding down to minimalism, as least as far as the federal government was concerned, Malcolm Turnbull has decided to throw a curveball. The government is preparing…
Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy Turnbull watch on during the FIRST Global Robotics Competition in Sydney on Saturday. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Voters say Turnbull best to handle tax reform: Newspoll

Malcolm Turnbull is 20 points ahead of Bill Shorten as the leader more capable of managing tax reform in a Newspoll that has the Coalition slightly improving its two-party position.
Cabinet Secretary Arthur Sinodinos outlines the case for a cut in the company tax rate. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Workers would benefit from lowering company tax: Sinodinos

Cabinet secretary Arthur Sinodinos has made a strong pitch for giving priority to a company tax cut in the coming budget as the best way to boost growth, with a significant flow on for workers.
The Commonwealth is telling the states to fix their own hospital budget problems, as though state governments can simply find savings from other areas. MARCELODLT/Shutterstock

Here’s how to boost hospital funds and end the blame game

Health-care costs are rising, driven by expensive developments in treatments, more demanding populations and rising national wealth. We need to change the financing system to meet this challenge.
In comments to the Coalition joint partyroom, Tony Abbott urged the government to go down the savings path. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Tony Abbott’s nope, nope, nope moment on tax

On Monday, a scarifying account of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership appears in the bookshops. By journalist Niki Savva, The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government…
Malcolm Turnbull tosses the coin ahead of the politicians versus Canberra Press Gallery cricket match on Sunday. Lukas Coch/AAP

John Howard complicates Malcolm Turnbull’s tax problems

When you are Malcolm Turnbull floundering in the heavy seas of tax reform, it is perhaps unfortunate that the 20th anniversary of the election of the Howard government has come around at this particular…
A key problem with working out the impacts of negative gearing is that we don’t know exactly which properties it affects or the status of their tenants. AAP/Dan Peled

Scrap or preserve negative gearing? Here’s six other options worth debating

What if there was a middle option between retention and abolition that made negative gearing work better? There are multiple ways to improve accountability for this $8 billion-a-year tax concession.
The tax deal between the UK government and Google shows governments have a long way to go when sharing the benefits of the knowledge economy. Andy Rain/EPA/AAP

When ‘innovation’ fails to fix our finances

The rest of society won't see the benefits of innovation until governments figure out a way to effectively tax the knowledge economy.

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