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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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Why the federal budget is not like a household budget – The Conversation

By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne Treasurer Joe Hockey is experiencing difficult times. Deteriorating terms of trade and an uncooperative senate mean that he cannot deliver the surplus when he said he would and he cannot continue to cut government … Continue reading

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The perils of the last human: flaws in modern economics

By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Nietzsche’s much quoted line “God is dead” was not, as it is often presented, a statement of triumphant atheism but was a … Continue reading

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My new article in The Conversation – Tax reform is hard…so it’s time for an independent tax board

Just published today. Tax reform is hard…so it’s time for an independent tax board By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne The federal government’s Commission of Audit – tasked with finding efficiency and productivity improvements to deliver a surplus of 1% … Continue reading

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New article in The Conversation – Ageing population and mining: a tale of two booms

The below article just published today in The Conversation. Click here to read the original. Ageing population and mining: a tale of two booms By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne In an unusual move, Mission Australia and the Business Council … Continue reading

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New article in The Conversation about land taxes

This just published today. Go here for the original. BCA wants your home taxed – and it’s actually a good idea By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne Housing affordability is an issue that perennially haunts political discourse. It rarely becomes … Continue reading

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New article in The Conversation: More pie in the sky – economic progress no slice of life

Originally published in The Conversation. More pie in the sky – economic progress no slice of life By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne In the verbal volley between Gillard and Abbott, Swan and Hockey, there is a conversation that we … Continue reading

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