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Building a better future – A strong economy for all – ACTU response

October 11, 2017

Building a better future - A strong economy for all - ACTU response ACTU, October 2017 This document sets out the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) response to the National Reform Summit held on 26 August 2015. The Summit aimed to bring together unions, business and community groups to agree, as far as possible,

Changes in average personal income tax rates: distributional impacts

October 11, 2017

Changes in average personal income tax rates: distributional impacts PBO, October 2017 Report no. 03/2017 In the 2017–18 Budget, the projected return to surplus in 2020–21 is predominantly due to a projected increase in personal income tax revenue.  This report analyses the expected increase in average tax rates for individuals in different parts of the taxable

The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphilll Battle

October 04, 2017

The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle OECD, October 2017 The 2017 OECD report The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle explores how gender inequalities persist in social and economic life around the world. Young women in OECD countries have more years of schooling than young men, on average, but women are

Stuck in traffic? Road congestion in Sydney and Melbourne

October 04, 2017

Stuck in traffic? Road congestion in Sydney and Melbourne Grattan Institute, October 2017 Road congestion charges should be introduced in Sydney and Melbourne. An examination of 3.5 million Google Maps trip-time estimates across more than 350 routes over six months of this year suggests both cities could face traffic gridlock in future unless decisive

The bearable lightness of lost revenue: Negligible tax losses from poker machine reform

September 28, 2017

The bearable lightness of lost revenue: Negligible tax losses from poker machine reform The Australia Institute, September 2017 With the Tasmanian Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets considering the future of poker machines in Tasmania, community pressure is growing for poker machines to be banned from hotels and clubs, limiting them to casinos

Wage Suppression a Time Bomb in Superannuation System

September 21, 2017

Wage Suppression a Time Bomb in Superannuation System The record-slow pace of wage growth in Australia’s economy is not just making it difficult for families to balance their budgets, it also threatens severe long-run damage to Australia’s superannuation retirement system.  That’s the finding of new research from the Centre for Future Work at

Strengthening the Medicare Levy to secure the future of the NDIS and other essential universal services

September 13, 2017

Strengthening the Medicare Levy to secure the future of the NDIS and other essential universal services ACOSS, September 2017 This paper argues that the NDIS and health care services need a fair and robust revenue source to ensure they are there when people need them. It proposes four tests to assess competing revenue proposals, and

Macroeconomic and Distributional Effects of Personal Income Tax Reforms: A Heterogenous Agent Model Approach for the US

September 13, 2017

Macroeconomic and Distributional Effects of Personal Income Tax Reforms: A Heterogenous Agent Model Approach for the US IMF, September 2017  This paper is relevant to recent comparisons between Australian and American tax systems. This paper assesses the macroeconomic and distributional impact of personal income tax (PIT) reforms in the U.S. drawing on a multi-sector heterogenous

Rising Inequality: An Australian reality

September 13, 2017

Rising Inequality: An Australian Reality ACTU, September 2017 This report shows  Australia is at risk of becoming an Americanised society of working poor if people are not given a pay rise.  Rising inequality is forcing working people into poverty, with the number of workers who are now on minimum or award wages rocketing a staggering eight per

An Inequality Deflator for Australia

September 07, 2017

An Inequality Deflator for Australia This paper estimates an Inequality Deflator for the Australian economy, which represents the distributional trade-offs that exist within the current tax and transfer system. These trade-offs can be used to evaluate policy alternatives where equity is an important consideration, as well as provide a normative evaluation of the