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Peter Costello believes the Liberals are destroying their economic credentials. AAP/Alan Porritt

Who thinks adults don’t fight over (tax) money?

It's no secret that Peter Costello doesn't give a high mark to the Abbott government, and every now and then he uses his column in News Corp papers to call it out.
Treasurer Joe Hockey says fairness is in the eye of the beholder. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

A confused start to government’s tax conversation

In launching its national "conversation" about tax reform, the Abbott government is caught between the policy imperative of "leading" and the political requirement of "listening".
H is for heft. Matt Buck

What’s gone wrong at HSBC?

As HSBC suffers under the scorching spotlight of public scrutiny once more, it is fair to ask why the banking group so often finds itself at the heart of the action.
Realistic reforms to federal-state financial relations are possible with the right amount of political will. AAP/Alan Porritt

Could ‘hard budget constraints’ fix the federation’s fiscal feud?

The federal budget reignited debate over federal-state relations with a decision to cut $80 billion funding for the state responsibilities of schools and hospitals over the coming years. So how can federal-state…
Miners, farmers and trucking companies spoke out over rumoured cuts to fuel tax credits in this year’s budget, and the credits for off-road diesel use are now tipped to be left alone. Rebecca Le May/AAP

Viewpoints: should fuel tax credits be cut in the budget?

Tony Abbott has warned there will be “tough decisions” in tomorrow’s federal budget – but would his government risk an industry and internal backlash by cutting back on multi-billion-dollar fuel tax credits…
After a promising start to an ambitious economic turn-around program, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have more difficulty with tax changes scheduled to come in over the next few years. EPA/Harish Tyagi

Japanese tax hikes loom large for Abenomics

Another record trade deficit for Japan is raising doubts about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” strategy for economic revival. The new figures follow poor manufacturing sentiment numbers earlier…
Just make sure you get a receipt. Tom Miller/PA

India’s firm stance on tax could actually help investors

India keeps getting into arguments with foreign firms over tax; is it wise to do so? The Financial Times, for one, is in no doubt that India is scaring off foreign investors, and that it is making a mistake…

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