Category Archives: tax economics

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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Reviewer for a FactCheck article in The Conversation

I reviewed the below FactCheck for the conversation. Unfortunately there is little space as a reviewer to say much but I would like to have gone into more detail discussing who really loses and who benefits from changes in company … Continue reading

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Interview on economic rent taxes on Sydney’s 2ser breakfast radio

This morning I was on 2ser‘s breakfast program with Mitch Byatt discussing the proposal in my recent Conversation article that we should be increasing taxes on economic rent (unearned income). As usual with such a subject much of the interview … Continue reading

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Tax economic rent, not productive activity – The Conversation

How’s this for fundamental tax reform? Target the rentseekers By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne Tax is back in the spotlight with coalition MPs and the Australia Institute talking about getting rid of some of the exemptions to the GST. … Continue reading

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His solutions are wrong, but it’s a good sign when even Rupert Murdoch is worried about inequality

It would be a mistake to dismiss Murdoch’s concerns about inequality as nothing more than self-interest. It’s a victory for advocates of regulated markets. By Warwick Smith First published at The Guardian, Tuesday 28 October 2014 16.00 AEST Rupert Murdoch … Continue reading

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