Author Archives: Sinclair Davidson

Theresa! What is best in life?

UK PM Theresa May has called a snap election after polls indicated the Tories were 21 points ahead of Labour.

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Just how absurd the Low Value Good GST is

The extract below is from Chris Berg and my submission to to Senate inquiry. ~~~+++~~~ To highlight the absurdity of the Bill, we make use of one of the examples set out in the Explanatory Memorandum (pg. 21). Wei is … Continue reading

Posted in Taxation, Technology & Telco | 63 Comments

Do enemies beat policies?

Adam Creighton makes a big call: If I were French I would vote for Marine Le Pen in next week’s presidential election. That is a huge call. Not to do so would be to endorse the political and economic elites … Continue reading

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Monday Forum: April 17, 2017

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Open Forum: April 15, 2017

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Easter 2017

Long term Cats will have seen this before – but it has become something of a tradition to post this up at Easter. Several years ago my RMIT colleague Tim Fry and I had an Easter-themed op-ed in the Fin … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Taxation | 24 Comments

Tax Stats 2014-15

Every year the ATO put out their annual Tax Stats report. It is a treasure trove. I have – since the early noughties – been keeping track of the proportions on net income tax being paid by various income groups. … Continue reading

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Thursday Forum: April 13, 2017

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Political parties are voluntary associations

Niki Savva has an op-ed talking about the problems the Liberal Party currently faces.  In summary, the Liberals are short on funds, short on talent, and short on voters. I don’t think anyone would be surprised by that description. Well, … Continue reading

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Tax beat up

Yes, I know, I know. It’s not like the Fairfax media to beat up on taxation. This morning, however, there was this interesting story in the SMH: The tax on an Australian family earning $82,000 a year has risen to … Continue reading

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