Tag Archives: taxation

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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Guardian article on infrastructure funding

This article was originally published in The Guardian Australia. How to make Australian infrastructure pay for itself – with no selloffs, and no tricks ‘Asset recycling’, as an approach to infrastructure investment, will only end up benefiting the banks. Taxing land … Continue reading

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Guest appearance on Radio Roundup – Main FM

On Friday night I was the guest of Radio Roundup‘s Rusty Nails and Ben Boyang where we spent an hour talking about money. We covered a lot of territory including money creation, interest rates, real estate prices, quantitative easing and … Continue reading

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Joe Hockey fights to claw back a little for the overburdened wealthy

By Warwick Smith Originally published at The AIM NetworkAugust 11, 2014 If Joe Hockey’s first budget wasn’t enough to convince people that the government was going into bat for the nation’s wealthy, then Joe himself has surely confirmed this with … Continue reading

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Op-ed in The Age: Treasurer’s agenda running out of truth

This article originally appeared in The Age. Treasurer’s agenda running out of truth by Warwick Smith Joe Hockey has been talking non-stop about how the country is running out of money for Medicare, for the ABC, for welfare and for … Continue reading

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Addictive taxes, resources and gambling

I’ve written recently about the desirability of a resource rent tax for Australia. However, it’s not a simple issue and there are some potential pitfalls. Possibly the most important of these is the risk that governments will become addicted to … Continue reading

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