With the 20th anniversary of the introduction of GST, the calls for tax reform are rising.
We should re-think and re-focus our taxation structure to give
improved incentives to work and make productive investments. We should seek
taxation structures that are simple to administer and difficult to avoid.
too long we have seen people taxed on their work at too high a level relative
to the returns given to passive capital (including the family home). All taxes
should be put on the table for consideration with no sacred cows.
Prof Thomas Picketty's work on voter alignment demonstrates
the continued fragmentation and movement of voter support between Australian
(Report by Troy Bramston, The Australian 19/6/21)
This unravelling of the bases of the 2 main parties, Labor
and LNP, was all too predictable as they have both become so inward focused and
have lost touch with their primary role in implementing ‘common good’ outcomes
that the broad community can support.
A great opportunity exists for the party who
re-connects across the electorate through broad-scale active listening,
evidence-based policy formulation and communication, and then action, focused on faultless implementation.
“Competent government is a beautiful thing to
behold. So much militates against it“… in modern-day Australia.
“Politics also offers a venue for the playing out
of ancient tribal bonds. Large minorities will ally themselves with a political
party for life – although today this attachment is diminishing. The bond is
visceral and not compromised by poor performance, corruption and mediocre
Putting the focus back on "common good solutions"
that the majority of the community support, via inclusion and evidence-based
policies, rather than political party dictate or individual ego drive is what