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Stagnation nation? Australian investment in a low-growth world

February 27, 2017

Stagnation nation? Australian investment in a low-growth world

Jim Minifie, Grattan Institute (February 2017). The Federal Government’s key policy prescription – a cut in the company tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent over ten years – would attract extra foreign investment, but at a cost: it would also reduce national income for years and hit the budget. Committing to the plan now, before the budget is on a clear path to recovery, risks reducing future living standards. Any cut in the company tax rate should be part of a wider package of reforms that explicitly funds the cost to the budget. The package could include an increase in the GST rate from 10 per cent to 15 per cent, which would bring in about $11 billion of extra revenue a year, even after compensation for lower-income households. The tax treatment of capital gains, borrowing and superannuation could also be adjusted.