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John Howard called an election a fortnight after announcing the GST on August 13 1998, which he only narrowly won. National Archives of Australia

Cabinet papers 1998-99: how the GST became unstoppable

The introduction of the GST got off to a wobbly start, but has since become accepted as the Australian way of paying for things.
Forget the low hanging fruit, for the Coalition tax reform might have well been forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden. Lukas Coch/AAP/Shutterstock

What will the Coalition be remembered for on tax? Tinkering, blunders and lost opportunities

Six years of Coalition government has had little impact on the tax system. It's not clear whether a Labor government would be any different.
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the legislation would be introduced in the next parliamentary sitting week. James Ross/AAP

States want the GST guarantee set in legislative stone

NSW Liberal Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said after the meeting that “all states and territories put forward the strong view” the bill must include this.
When details started leaking late Wednesday Malcolm Turnbull quickly declared its proposed model had been rejected. David Mariuz/AAP

Turnbull government says no losers in its new GST carve-up plan

The government's plan released by Treasurer Scott Morrison on Thursday, would ensure the fiscal capacity of all states and territories was "at least the equal of NSW or Victoria, whichever is higher".
Applying the GST to bank products and services would increase costs for consumers but reduce distortion in our economy. Sergio Dionisio/AAP

A better alternative to levying the bank tax

Applying the GST to banking has much sounder economic underpinnings than the current levy, would have raised much more revenue, and would have applied to all banks rather than just the big banks.

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