Category Archives: tax economics

Resource rent tax – radio interview

I recently appeared on “On the money” on 2ser in Sydney (and other stations around the country through the community radio network).  I was explaining what a resource rent tax was and how it worked. As usual with this topic, … Continue reading

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Op-ed in The Age: Treasurer’s agenda running out of truth

This article originally appeared in The Age. Treasurer’s agenda running out of truth by Warwick Smith Joe Hockey has been talking non-stop about how the country is running out of money for Medicare, for the ABC, for welfare and for … 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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Addictive taxes, resources and gambling

I’ve written recently about the desirability of a resource rent tax for Australia. However, it’s not a simple issue and there are some potential pitfalls. Possibly the most important of these is the risk that governments will become addicted to … 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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Want to be healthy, wealthy and wise? Pay more tax.

The consistently measured and sensible Ken Henry this week criticised both major parties for promising not to raise taxes. The Labor party has promised not to increase the total federal government tax take beyond 23.5% and the Coalition have promised … Continue reading

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New article in The Conversation about land taxes

This just published today. Go here for the original. BCA wants your home taxed – and it’s actually a good idea By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne Housing affordability is an issue that perennially haunts political discourse. It rarely becomes … Continue reading

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