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Malcolm Turnbull touring one of Australia’s large LNG fields. AAP Image/News Corp Pool, Ray Strange

Australia must catch up with Papua New Guinea on how we tax gas

The way Australia taxes companies for gas projects now lags behind our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, which has reformed its tax system to ensure it gets money sooner.
They might be certain, but they don’t have to be brutal. Shutterstock

Tax systems are inhumane. It’s time this changed

Tax systems in post-colonial Africa need to be reformed. For instance, there ought to be rebates for advancing moral good or educating future taxpayers.
Trump’s tax returns would tell us a lot about who he is. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

What we can learn from Trump’s $916 million loss

A 1995 tax return shows a net operating loss so large that it raises concerns about whether it was reported properly – and if Trump has been honest about his taxes.
University students are fed up that their calls for free education are being ignored. Nic Bothma/EPA

Free education is possible if South Africa moves beyond smoke and mirrors

South Africa's higher education minister has dealt with fee increments for 2017 but sidestepped students' fundamental issue: an ongoing call to make higher education free for all.
Students have been agitating for an end to public university fees in South Africa. Nic Bothma/EPA

How to take free public higher education from pipe dream to reality

Free public higher education is possible and necessary. It's also realistic, if it's based on thorough research, consultation and students giving back through community service after graduation.
Warren Buffett’s voice has been one of the loudest arguing it’s time to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires like him. Rick Wilking/Reuters

Are we ready to raise taxes on the rich? History says no

Two centuries of tax policy show efforts to raise taxes on the rich hinge on questions of fairness. The history also suggests proponents have a tough road ahead.
Economic reality has intruded on rosy budget predictions for years now and the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook may soon challenge Treasurer Scott Morrison’s forecasts. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Three critical tests for Budget 2016: how does it fare?

Budget repair was put off till later, and the net impact of decisions in the budget was small, but it will be easier to defend in the coming election campaign than some other recent efforts.

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