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‘Ill-considered grab for cash’: Gold miners lash out at WA government’s tax hikes

October 04, 2017

'Ill-considered grab for cash': Gold miners lash out at WA government's tax hikes Nassim Khadem, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 October 2017 The nation's biggest gold miners have ramped up their campaign against the WA government over its plans for tax hikes claiming it will cost jobs in an environment of low profit margins. But

Why Australia doesn’t need to match the Trump tax cuts

October 04, 2017

Why Australia doesn’t need to match the Trump tax cuts Fabrizio Carmignan, The Conversation, 4 October 2017 Moves by President Donald Trump to slash the US corporate tax rate to 20% have been met by calls for Australia to do the same, or risk losing investment dollars. But it is not clear that lower

Australia’s economic luck looks to be running out

October 04, 2017

Australia's economic luck looks to be running out Satyajit Das, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 October 2017 Australia's record of 26 years without a recession flatters to deceive. The gaudy numbers mask serious flaws in the country's economic model. First and most obviously, the Australian economy is still far too dependent on "houses and holes."

‘Red flags’ raised over Amazon’s Australian tax arrangements

October 04, 2017

'Red flags' raised over Amazon's Australian tax arrangements Nassim Khadem, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 October 2017 As local retailers worry about the arrival of Amazon destroying their business, the taxman will soon need to start worrying about how Amazon is going to work to minimise its tax bills. The company, headed by billionaire Jeff

Sydney congestion tax won’t work: expert

October 04, 2017

Sydney congestion tax won't work: expert Dominica Sanda, The Australian, 3 October 2017 Sydney's traffic problems won't be solved by an area-based congestion charge as traffic jams spread far beyond the CBD, a transport expert says. The cordon-based congestion tax proposed in Monday's Grattan Institute report would charge drivers for entering the CBD and would

Australia urged to consider congestion charges but do they work?

October 04, 2017

Australia urged to consider congestion charges but do they work? Andrew Booth, SBS News, 3 October 2017 A report released Tuesday by independent public policy organisation, the Grattan Institute, advises NSW and Victoria's state governments to impose motorists driving in Sydney and Melbourne with a "small" congestion charge during peak hours to ease heavy

Company tax cut law is still befuddling: accountants

October 04, 2017

Company tax cut law is still befuddling: accountants Joanna Mather, The Australian Financial Review, 3 October 2017 Another tweak to company tax legislation is required to make eligibility for the lower rate of 27.5 per cent completely clear, the Institute of Public Accountants says. The government is amending the Enterprise Tax Plan to include an

Adani Australia: Investigation uncovers tax haven ties to British Virgin Islands

October 04, 2017

Adani Australia: Investigation uncovers tax haven ties to British Virgin Islands Stephen Long, Wayne Harley and Mary Fallon, ABC News, 3 October 2017 An investigation by the ABC's Four Corners program has uncovered previously unknown tax haven ties for Adani Group's Australian operations, with key assets ultimately owned in the British Virgin Islands. Key points: Adani

WA treasurer threatens bank tax, more debt

October 04, 2017

WA treasurer threatens bank tax, more debt Sophie Moore, The Australian, 2 October 2017 West Australian Treasurer Ben Wyatt has threatened to introduce a bank tax if the federal government denies the state its fair share of the GST, while also warning he will extend WA's crippling overseas debt if his controversial gold tax

Targeted tax cuts a powerful policy

October 04, 2017

Targeted tax cuts a powerful policy David Coleman, The Australian Financial Review, 1 October 2017 Singapore's growth is one of the most remarkable economic feats of the 20th century. The World Bank says its GDP per capita in 1960 was less than 15 per cent of the United States – but by 2011, it