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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.

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Cassandra Goldie
Current at 27 September 2011


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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

Author(s):  Adam Creighton

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