An opportunity to help families get ahead!
Indexing tax scales is the morally correct thing for our government
to do. It is unconscionable conduct not to do so.
If a company used such a stealth-like mechanism as tax “bracket
creep” to increase prices, there would be public outrage and a call for action
by the government.
A report in Today’s Australian by Patrick Commins that: “Australians
are paying an average 30 per cent more income tax per person than a decade ago,
even after accounting for inflation” exemplifies the pernicious impact of tax bracket
Personal tax scales must be inflation indexed!
16 May 2023 by Glenn Barnes
Bring the community into the economic dialogue.
Australians are lucky to have one of the world’s best-functioning
However, our government processes have lost efficacy, being too
focused on political power instead of helping the community understand complex
issues and committing themselves to “common-good” solutions that often have
both “givers” and “recipients”.
A classic challenge is the expectation of some in the
community for more government services than revenues can sustain and rising individual spending power without increased taxes and productivity improvements.
Our governments are not courageous or trusted enough to resolve such dilemmas.
A community-wide dialogue is required, using trustworthy and transparent processes.
15 May 2023 by Glenn Barnes
It’s time for a Royal Commission on Housing
Our politicians fail to effectively address the growing
problem of delivering affordable and appropriately located housing for the
The initial discussion focused on how to help young families
commence home ownership. Focus is growing on affordable properties (either to
purchase or rent) for low-income earners, people on social benefits and front-line
service providers who should live near their work.
Given that all three levels of government impact the housing
supply and that our constitution does not provide a mechanism to bring about a
harmonised approach to the issue, a Royal Commission seems the best option for
breaking the inertia.
13 May 2023 by Glenn Barnes