Federal Budget

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The changes announced in the latest federal budget could save members up to $3billion, but they don't tackle the problems of total disability insurance.

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Australian consumers could be affected if the 2018 federal budget imposes GST on small foreign imports.

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With $7 billion extra unexpected revenue from previous tax measures, the government may not need to make changes in the upcoming budget.

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A corporate tax cut might not bring the riches some supporters suggest, says Professor Peter Swan from the UNSW Business School.

 

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Science has largely flown under the radar in a restrained Federal Budget, with no big spending measures and no major cuts apart from the university funding changes announced last week, writes Les Field.

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The 'first home super saver scheme' is bad economics, somewhat costly, and a cruel hoax on prospective buyers who are struggling with an out-of-control housing market, writes Richard Holden.

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UNSW's President and Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs argues the government’s plans for the university sector are not in the long-term interests of Australia or its economy.

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We need to support our world-class researchers and research infrastructure to create knowledge and innovation, rather than putting future wealth and well-being at risk by plundering science for short-term savings, writes Les Field.

Budget

We can’t expect the budget to be a perfect predictor of debt and deficits – not even one year ahead. But we should at least make sure we’re not conned by the treasurer, or commentators, writes Richard Holden.

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We know perfectly well how to reduce inequality and tackle political favouritism and rent-seeking. The question is almost entirely one of political will, write Gigi Foster and Paul Frijters.

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