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Jack the Insider: Labor's perfectly good GST scare campaign wasted

The Australian (subscription) (blog) - ‎9 hours ago‎
The Turnbull government would go to the election proposing a GST hike from 10 to 15 per cent and possibly also broadening the direct taxation base to include fresh foods.
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Treasurer introduces 'Netflix tax' for GST on digital products to Parliament

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
Digital products such as books, movies, games, apps and e-books purchased by Australians from overseas could soon attract the GST. Treasurer Scott Morrison introduced draft laws to Parliament on Wednesday seeking to level the playing field between ...

What would Tony Abbott have done on GST reform?

The Canberra Times - ‎21 hours ago‎
But beyond these reasons the future of any GST reform raises interesting questions about the broader dynamics of the politics of reform.
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BCA trumpets $9bn boost from lifting GST

The Australian (subscription) - ‎21 hours ago‎
The nation's peak business group will outline the benefits in a last-ditch attempt to keep major reform on the agenda, refusing to concede that the government has abandoned the option of lifting the GST to pay for sweeping tax cuts for millions of workers.
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Jay Weatherill's call for GST on financial services rejected

The Australian (subscription) - ‎21 hours ago‎
Mr Weatherill has conceded that his primary plan for a 15 per cent GST, with the revenue to be kept by the commonwealth in return for a fixed share of income tax for states to spend on schools and hospitals, is doomed.
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Why Malcolm Turnbull's GST increase may not be dead

The Australian Financial Review - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
Is GST reform as dead as the public has been led to believe? Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says there is not enough economic benefit in it, but he has stopped short of completely rejecting the idea of a 15 per cent GST. State tax increases are a ...

Social services dept does GST modelling - ‎9 hours ago‎
The Department of Social Services has conducted modelling of the impact a hike in the GST would have on welfare recipients.
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Focus on negative gearing after GST jitters

Sky News Australia - ‎Feb 7, 2016‎
After facing a backbencher backlash over a rise in the GST the Turnbull government's stance on the tax hike is a little murkier.
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With GST off the table, fund company tax cuts by ending dividend imputation

The Australian Financial Review - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
Dividend imputation should be scrapped as a way to fund company tax cuts now that GST is off the table. Chris Ratcliffe. by Innes Willox.
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WA may have to sell Western Power assets if GST isn't changed

The Australian Financial Review - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
West Australian Premier Colin Barnett may have to consider selling the state's poles and wires. Stefan Gosatti. Share on twitter · Share on Google Plus.

GST debate: Adopt a higher GST or face 'American-style healthcare system', SA Premier Jay Weatherill

ABC Online - ‎Feb 5, 2016‎
He said good public hospitals were more valuable to people on low incomes than a lower GST rate. "The public healthcare system is one of the greatest projects that exists in this nation for dealing with equity," he said.
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Charities call for death tax on rich - ‎21 hours ago‎
Mr Crosbie said there were around 25,000 "super rich" Australian families and so the new tax would impact only a small percentage of the population and be fairer than an increase in the GST. Mr Costello said a death tax would encourage the super rich ...

GST rise will damage housing affordability: HIA

The Adviser - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
A proposed increase to the GST on new housing will reduce affordability and cost jobs, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) has warned.
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Dissent over potential GST increase builds, Coalition MPs fear electoral damage

ABC Online - ‎Feb 3, 2016‎
One MP who had been talking to more than 20 colleagues said there was less and less appetite for lifting the GST and warned the strength of that view should not be underestimated.

JB Hi-Fi boss says GST without broad reform would be death by a thousand cuts

ABC Online - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: While big business has expressed alarm at the Prime Minister's reluctance to pursue a higher GST, retailers in the main street are breathing a sigh of relief.

Nice guy Mike's got plenty of nasty surprises - ‎22 hours ago‎
Pushing up the GST would be a massive hit on family budgets, pushing up the price of almost everything. Even worse, the Premier wanted to use the increased GST to cut the taxes paid by corporations. Not one cent of the extra GST was to fund our schools ...
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JB Hi-Fi shrugs off possible GST hike after posting half year profit of $95.2 million - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
Electronics chain JB Hi-Fi is not concerned by a potential rise in the GST, setting its sights set on a bumper rise in sales by luring customers from its troubled rivals Dick Smith and Masters.
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To raise or not to raise the GST: the battle to convince voters

The Australian - ‎Feb 5, 2016‎
Federal Labor is opposed to any increase in either the rate or coverage of the GST. The latest development has seen the overt growing unease of members of the government.
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the GST is no 'Thermomix'

The Australian Financial Review - ‎Feb 3, 2016‎
Senator Matthew Canavan says the GST is not the "thermomix" for Australia's tax problems. Alex Ellinghausen. Primrose Riordan.
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voters reject rise in GST rate

The Australian - ‎Jan 31, 2016‎
Malcolm Turnbull faces a significant challenge to convince voters to accept a higher GST as a central plank of any tax reform plan, with Newspoll revealing that a majority of voters opposes increasing the rate, even if it came with across-the-board tax ...