Category Archives: Taxation

We’re from the government and we’re here to pick your pockets

From a Government’s perspective, there are only two things they want: your votes and your money. The rest is just rhetoric to get you to vote for them and to make sure you pay every last cent of your tax … Continue reading

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Charles Jacobs: Tax cuts on the nose: Millennials

As the tax cuts were passed in Parliament, new CIS research suggests that they may not have the backing of one of Australia’s largest group of voters. Indeed, in new polling we have commissioned from You Gov Galaxy, it appears … Continue reading

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Spare us the hypocrisy

There is a shock, horror, surprise headline on the Australian today. MPs warn Facebook over China data deal It turns out that Facebook might be sharing the information we voluntarily reveal to to world about ourselves with communists. Yes – … Continue reading

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Tax cuts are not a gender conspiracy

So I saw this tweet: Analysis of Turnbull’s tax cuts shows for every $ that goes to women, $2 will go to men. (Not to mention less money to fund childcare and health services) It’s a sexist tax package. — … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm on the morality of taxation

Last week I had planned to ask the nice people at the AFR to accompany my column with a chart showing the income tax paid under current law, income tax paid from July if the Coalition’s budget plan is passed, … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics and morality, Taxation | 52 Comments

Hold the front page: Tax collectors unpopular

Chris Jordan complaining: Australia’s taxation commissioner Chris Jordan has launched a scathing attack on the public broadcaster for a Four Corners episode in April which quoted a company owner attacking the ATO as a “mongrel bunch of bastards”. Look mate – there … Continue reading

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Virtue signalling on the cheap

Economists have a model of signalling that requires economic agents to engage in costly signalling. These days, however, politicians and luvvies are into virtue signalling that is cheap. This is the promise to repeal the GST on tampons. The ALP … Continue reading

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Blinking Bill

The ALP has blinked on tax policy: Labor has responded to the government’s decision to drop plans for a 0.5 percent hike in the Medicare Levy to fund the NDIS by dropping its own plans to increase the levy for those earning … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm guest post on motorists

Australians love their cars. It’s not hard to see why; cars can be comfortable, convenient and liberating. Yet our governments seem intent on making life for motorists more difficult. First, there are the taxes on new cars. There’s a 5 … Continue reading

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Mongrel bunch of bastards or poor oversight?

Well. This is very interesting – the ABC and Fairfax have shot across the bow of the ATO. Two Australian Taxation Office whistleblowers have told a joint Four Corners and Fairfax investigation about a toxic internal culture where vulnerable small … Continue reading

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