Category Archives: Inequality

My article in today’s Guardian – The United States of Australia?

Are we witnessing the emergence of the United States of Australia? Australia can have its cake and eat it too, because a healthy and materially secure population will repay enormous economic dividends. Instead, we’re going further down the US pathin … Continue reading

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Budget vision

By Warwick Smith No other event equals the release of a federal budget for a clear statement of what the government really intends for the country. Almost everything else they do is smoke and mirrors. The budget tells us who … Continue reading

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My new article in The Conversation – Tax reform is hard…so it’s time for an independent tax board

Just published today. Tax reform is hard…so it’s time for an independent tax board By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne The federal government’s Commission of Audit – tasked with finding efficiency and productivity improvements to deliver a surplus of 1% … Continue reading

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New article in The Conversation – Ageing population and mining: a tale of two booms

The below article just published today in The Conversation. Click here to read the original. Ageing population and mining: a tale of two booms By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne In an unusual move, Mission Australia and the Business Council … Continue reading

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Land taxes are hard to avoid

This is the third of a series of posts providing extra information for an article in The Conversation about land taxes. Federal treasury just released a scoping paper on corporate taxation and have warned that they are basically impotent when … Continue reading

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Land taxes reduce house prices and increase housing supply

This is the second of a series of posts providing extra information for an article in The Conversation about land taxes. Last year it was estimated that there were over 90,000 vacant houses in Melbourne alone that were not available … Continue reading

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Land taxes can recoup government expenditure on public infrastructure

This is the first of a series of posts providing extra information for an article in The Conversation about land taxes. The World Bank produced a report in 2008 titled Unlocking Land Values for Financing Urban Infrastructure. This report assesses … Continue reading

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