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The thirty year problem: The politics of Australian tax reform paper

Published on 01 Jan 04 by Australian Tax Research Foundation

Taxation policy has assumed a prominent position in Australian politics in recent years and this is particularly the case during election campaigns. From the National Tax Summit of 1985 to the bitterly contested 1993 federal election and the Howard Government’s historic implementation of a GST in 2000, taxation issues have never been very far from the news headlines.

The Thirty Year Problem provides the first detailed assessment of the politics of Australian taxation published in over a decade. The book presents a systematic account of the account of the politics of Australian tax reform since the 1970s and then develops a clear explanation of what Prime Minister John Howard described as the ‘Thirty Year Problem’. Eccleston argues that while historically entrenched political institutions and practices hampered the tax reform process in Australia, there are tentative signsof more a more collaborative approach to policy making in the taxation arena.

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Richard is an Associate Professor in Political Science School of Government University of Tasmania.
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