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- IBARKER on Caught out: Lord Mayor's car in no ... Tell him to walk and if he does he might loose one of those "CHINS". more
- Atticus on Caught out: Lord Mayor's car in no ... He parked put the front so that porky would not have to walk too far.Disgrace. more
- James on Caught out: Lord Mayor's car in no ... Why didn't 3AW give him a spot in the visitor car park if he is expected/a regular guest? more
- Bugs54 on Monash Council to fine you for not ... If you park your car on the nature strip the council will say it's their land and fine you,yet they want you to mow it and ... more
- Mr Gararth on Monash Council to fine you for not ... No wonder Rudd dropped Geoff Lake as the candidate for Hotham last year. Get out of our lives local government! more
- KANE on Monash Council to fine you for not ... Melbournians are going to be 'Taxed, Dutied, Priced, Tar riffed, Levied, Excised, Pork Barreled OUT OF EXISTANCE!!! more
- Geoff on Monash Council to fine you for not ... Easy solution to the problem. If the council don't want to look after their own land ie the nature strips, just give the ... more
- mylene on Monash Council to fine you for not ... If Darebin council tried this they'd make a billion dollars before the sun went down. more
- bc on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' get WADA to come in over the top and give the killer blow stuff the AFL and hird and doctor little more
- Rod on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' What's Paul Little talking about. They have only been in court for 3 days. If Essendon don't get some sort of penalty, Then ... more
- Mooroolbark Mick on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' "Swepped" indicates the level of intelligence we have in this debate. I give up! more
- Peter Flynn on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' Yes we the footy public do want to know and if the Essendon Football Club and James Hird were not gagged maybe we would. And ... more
- Docklands on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' Show Cause Notices Issued.Essendon shows bokk of what was given and on what dates and to who ?Notices withdrawn. What has ... more
- Arthur Hiliard on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' If these footy "sportsman" have nothing to hide they should be welcoming any investigation! Seems they're a bit shocked to ... more
- David on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' We haven't got deal fatigue. We want to see Essendon held to account. Let the charges be heard! The public wants to see ... more
- iain on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' More political interference is not what is required here. We need allegations of doping heard and either cleared or ... more
- Colin Lacivita on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' This is a waste of taxpayers money the courts have more urgent cases to deal with. more
- Sid on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' Guilty as sin but not an iota of evidence or positive test to support these claims?Everyone has a problem saying the Bombers ... more
- Christine on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' For people who actively listen, and have no agenda, Paul Little has conducted himself impeccably throughout this drawn-out ... more
- Nigel on Essendon looks for 'circuit breaker' No Mr Little, the whole community hasn't got deal fatigue, it's sick and tired of Essendonâ?¢ trying to stall/block ... more
Are Australians taxed too much?
The great Canberra tax summit began on Tuesday, with the Treasurer promising all sorts of exciting reforms that may emerge from the discussions.
In reality, of course, this summit is nothing more than a sop to appease independent MP Rob Oakeshott, on whose vote the government depends for its continued survival.
Thanks to an absence of any real enthusiasm for genuine tax reform, government after government in Australia have continually layered new taxes on top of the old ones.
The end result of this is an income tax act over 10,000 pages long and an overall tax system so complicated that no single person in Australia can be said to understand all of it.
Tax is a necessary part of any civil society, but a tax act incapable of being understood by the average citizen is not.
As a result, if Wayne Swan were to put me in charge of tax reform, here's what I'd do:
First, at present, Australia has over 120 separate taxes. I'd reduce this number by 90% to no more than 12 taxes, and have this total written into the constitution.
Second, no one on a low income should have to either pay tax or fill out a tax return. As a result, I'd lift the tax free threshold from the current $6000 to the minimum wage of around $30,000 per annum. To help pay for this I'd get rid of all personal tax deductions like car and work expenses, thus making tax returns extraordinarily simple.
And finally, I'd get rid of all current state taxes in favour of a higher GST. Sure, this might lead to a sales tax rise from 10% to 20 or even 25%, but people would be compensated by the abolition of many other nuisance taxes like stamp duty.
For the tax summit Canberra to work, a genuine political appetite for reform is needed. Unfortunately, I think the talking shop that we'll get instead will achieve very little apart from, well, talk. A relevant quote my father used to use was "When all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done".
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I feel Australia tax is a rip-off. We are working hard and only getting a super tiny amount back that we could save in the bank for our offsprings.We all know we been taxed like we been rip off by someone, and look at the cost on food, tickets,daily living products,how much have them been increased?? and how much our wage has been increase? I feel like working hard in Aus is meanless, because we can't get anything out from it, but TAX.amanda Friday 20 April, 2012 - 6:57 PM
Maybe if Austrtalia got its own flag we would not be taxed so muchcol Thursday 6 October, 2011 - 2:33 PM
Australia is one of the most heavily taxed nations in the world, we are not as lucky as we once were, but we still have the opportunity to get back on track. With the Mining Tax and the Carbon Tax on the way, we face the prospect of skyrocketing up the rankings of the most taxed nations in the world. According to ritholtz.com we are already the 10th most heavily taxed nation in the world. Furthermore; I am reminded of a well-fitting quote, to the tax debacle we now face. â??We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." Winston Churchill - Former UK Prime Minister.ScottL Wednesday 5 October, 2011 - 6:28 PM
Suspected the 'tax summary' was a farce then I saw John Brumby sitting there with a smile on his face and knew it was all a big con. What was she thinking by dragging out the greatest dud in the world???Ralph Wednesday 5 October, 2011 - 9:15 AM
What rubbish. We should be looking to the Scandanavian countries instead of whingeing all the time about how much tax we're paying. A flat tax for all earning over $30k, including businesses and corporations.Jenlu Tuesday 4 October, 2011 - 5:12 PM
Of course we are... with Gillard & Co. intent on taxing us a lot more!
The so-called Canberra tax summit will be another typical Labor farce - a whitewash of the 'Ranga's rorts'!
How much money can one government blow?
Give Labor a billion dollars and they'll blow it.
Give them a trillion, and they'll blow that too.
Such is the Labor Party - clueless, inept and just not worthy of a pittance - simply a DISGRACE!!!Gerard Tuesday 4 October, 2011 - 5:11 PM