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The impact of tax reform proposals on lower income earners and housing affordability in Australia


The following is an edited transcript of Cassandra Goldie's presentation at The Tax Institute's "Great Tax Debate", held in Sydney on 31 August 2011. Cassandra discusses the role of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) in framing the current debate about tax reform, and why it is important for ACOSS to be part of the debate. ACOSS highlights several areas of the taxation and transfer system which are, in its view, in urgent need of reform.

These include the user-pays system for the provision of social services, fairness in the imposition of taxes, efficiency, especially in relation to differential taxation of labour and investment income, poverty and participation, Australia's current retirement arrangements, and affordable housing. Cassandra also discusses perceived problems which are not seen as important to the debate, including the tax mix and the overall rate of taxation, and investment from overseas.

Author profile

Cassandra Goldie
Cassandra has been CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service since July 2010, with extensive public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice and human rights. She has represented the interests of people who are disadvantaged and civil society in major national and international processes including most recently through the G20 as Deputy Chair of the Civil Society20 and Chair of the Global Infrastructure Working Group (2014), as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s National Panel on Economic Reform (2013), the Ministerial Roundtable on Superannuation (2012/13) and the National Tax Forum (2011). Cassandra was recognised as one of the Inaugural Westpac/Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in 2012. She was selected as an AFR/BOSS True Leader in 2013 and voted one of the Impact 25 Most Influential People in the Social Economy in 2014. - Current at 17 March 2016


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The Great Tax Debate - Panel B

Author(s):  Greg SMITH,  Henry Ergas,  Adam Creighton,  Cassandra Goldie

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The Great Tax Debate - Panel A

Author(s):  Mathias Cormann,  Rob Oakeshott

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A process to implement a tax reform agenda

Author(s):  Rob Oakeshott

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The principles underpinning an efficient and equitable tax system

Author(s):  Mathias Cormann

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The inefficiencies in and distrortions caused by our tax system

Author(s):  Henry Ergas

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Tax reform: Priorities and prospects

Author(s):  Greg SMITH

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The Henry Review - A liberal critique

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