Category Archives: Tax

Cannabis Industry to Light Up – guest post by Stephen Thornton

The win by the US Democratic Party of two federal senate seats representing the state of Georgia creates a situation whereby the Republican Party will lose their majority in the Upper House. Given the Democrats control the House of Representatives, … Continue reading

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EV taxes, property taxes, and the need to reset federal financial relations in Australia

It’s good news that, according to the Brisbane Times, Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey has ruled out a special Electric Vehicle tax (at least for now). You may recall I reported on the Australia Institute’s campaign to stop state-levied EV … Continue reading

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GST & Vertical Fiscal Imbalance video

The Update on Queensland’s fiscal position media release from state Treasurer Cameron Dick last Thursday noted “over the 2019-20 and 2020-21 financial years, GST receipts to Queensland will be cut by up to $2.5 billion compared to our MYFER [Mid … Continue reading

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Premier’s 2016 Lodge dinner remark to Turnbull highlighted Vertical Fiscal Imbalance problem

I started reading Malcolm Turnbull’s autobiography A Bigger Picture on the weekend, and it’s much better than I expected, with lots of interesting revelations and insights into the last couple of decades of Australian politics. One of my favourites is … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship with Prof. Peter G. Klein – latest Economics Explained episode

My latest Economics Explained episode on entrepreneurship featuring Professor Peter G. Klein of Baylor University is now available. Many universities now offer courses in entrepreneurship, as students have been inspired by tech entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. … Continue reading

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Cannabis with Dr Stephen Thornton – latest Economics Explained episode

Several jurisdictions around the world, such as the US states of California and Colorado, have legalised cannabis, also known as marijuana. In Australia, the Australian Capital Territory will become the first Australian jurisdiction to legalise recreational cannabis use on the … Continue reading

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The Fight on the Right – latest International Liberty post features my interview with Dr Dan Mitchell

Well known US economist and pundit Dr Dan Mitchell has featured my Economics Explained interview with him in the latest instalment of his Fight on the Right series of posts on his International Liberty blog: Fight on the Right part … Continue reading

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Panama papers & multinational tax avoidance Economics Explained episode with QUT’s Prof. Raimondos

In the latest episode of my Economics Explained podcast, I chat with QUT Head of School of Economics and Finance Professor Pascalis Raimondos about international taxation issues, particularly multinational and personal tax avoidance and evasion. As Pascalis notes in the … Continue reading

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Qld-Commonwealth argy bargy over dam funding & vertical fiscal imbalance

The argy bargy over dam funding between the federal and state government reported by the Courier-Mail (State accuses feds of holding out on dam money) earlier this week is yet another illustration of a big problem in our federation: vertical … Continue reading

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Upcoming AiP event on “The golden handcuffs of federation”

The Australian Institute for Progress, a Brisbane-based conservative think tank, has a very interesting upcoming event on what some may consider the rather dry topic of horizontal fiscal equalisation, the complex methodology by which the Commonwealth Grants Commission determines each … Continue reading

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