As parliament returned this week, the government was rattled by a GST debate that had run wild, agitating backbenchers and causing the government to pause.
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.
If the government eventually decides against embracing a 15% GST, we might look back and conclude that the mortal blow was delivered this week.
At the start of a frenetic year for independent Nick Xenophon, the South Australian senator says his new national political party, the Nick Xenophon Team, will fill a vacuum.
Malcolm Turnbull must wait for Nationals leader Warren Truss to decide his future before announcing a ministerial reshuffle.
When Malcolm Turnbull addressed his party room on Tuesday, he had a double message.
In the first Politics Podcast for 2016, Michelle Grattan and Tony Burke discuss the challenging gap between government revenue and spending.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has been sceptical about the usefulness of economic modelling.
Scott Morrison has become a true believer in the cause of raising the GST, determined to drive a major switch in the tax mix. The big question is whether Malcolm Turnbull will end up in the same place…
The Coalition under Malcolm Turnbull continues its lead over Labor in the latest Newspoll.
A 15% GST accompanied by income tax cuts has received a thumbs down from voters in the first Newspoll of 2016.
Eric Abetz is resisting pressure to fall in line with the outcome of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
How far should party discipline go? Not as far as certain proponents of same-sex marriage would like it to in the Liberal Party.
Treasurer Scott Morrison’s critique of the green/white paper process is flawed and appears self-serving.
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”.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has opened the possibility for an alternative to the government's present white paper process for tax reform.
It went woozy in the middle but it ended ok.
The key events that made the business community laugh, cheer and despair in 2015.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has so far been a consultative leader who takes people with him.
Malcolm Turnbull has had a remarkable start to his prime ministership. Even in the little things.
Various options for increasing GST have been modelled.
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Is Labor's Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh, right to warn that each household may effectively face the prospect of paying an extra $4,500 a year in GST?
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.