Category Archives: tax economics

The Coalition has boxed itself into a ridiculous corner on tax – The Drum

OPINION Originally published in The Drum By Warwick Smith Posted 18 Mar 2016, 10:47am According to the Coalition, we can’t raise taxes nor introduce new taxes. And if cutting expenditure is off the table following the dire experience of the … Continue reading

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Tax and tax reform in Australia – appearance on Radio National’s Rear Vision

I was one of four guests on RN’s Rear Vision special on tax reform. You can download the audio here. A sample my contribution to the program is below. Keri Phillips: Warwick Smith is a research economist at the University … Continue reading

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Death and taxes on 2SER’s breakfast show

I was back on 2SER’s breakfast show this morning with Mitch Byatt. We talked about inheritance taxes: whether they’re good or not; why they were abolished in the ’70s and what other options there are for tax reform.  It was slightly … Continue reading

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TAXual healing – Interview on 2SER 107.3 FM Sydney

By Warwick Smith This morning I was talking tax on 2ser‘s breakfast program with Mitch Byatt. We focussed on state finances and today’s tax meeting between state premiers and the Prime Minister. An increase in the GST is on the … Continue reading

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Four tax policies Australian house prices rest on – The Conversation

Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne First published at The Conversation The issues of tax and house prices are colliding in new ways ahead of the release of the government’s options paper on tax reform later this year. Treasurer Joe Hockey … Continue reading

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Joe Hockey is beginning to understand not all taxes are created equal – The Guardian

By Warwick Smith Originally published at The Guardian. The treasurer’s endorsement of land tax in South Australia is an encouraging move away from his general opposition to taxation Joe Hockey recently said “I don’t like higher taxes; I am philosophically … Continue reading

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The diabolical problem of housing affordability

By Warwick Smith Fairfax economics editor, Peter Martin, recenly wrote a piece defending Joe Hockey’s suggestion that we should let first home buyers access part of their superannuation for buying a home while also abolishing negative gearing. Before reading Peter’s … Continue reading

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