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Articles from Peter Martin

Cry for the banks. They'll pay more than they'll save

May 21, 2018 - 19:59 -- Admin

Australia’s big four banks and their shareholders will recover very little of the new major bank levy from the proposed cut in company tax, a Fairfax Media analysis has found.

In fact, the proposed company tax cut and the major bank levy would leave banks more highly taxed than they were before the 2017 budget.

The levy, which came into force in the middle of last year, is expected to raise $1.6 billion a year from each of the big four banks and Macquarie Bank.

Here's my big dangerous tax idea: let us keep our money

May 17, 2018 - 20:09 -- Admin

Suddenly we’ve wised up. As far back as any of us can remember, all the way back to the beginning of income tax, we’ve been easy to bribe.

Here’s how it has worked in every election and in almost every budget: “You’ve been working hard and paying too much tax. We feel your pain. We’ve magically found some money from somewhere. We’re pulling a tax cut out of a hat. You can thank us later.”

Budget 2018: Morrison budgets for good times

May 8, 2018 - 20:37 -- Admin

Rarely has a government so brazenly broken its compact with the Australian people.

Set down in every budget since the Coalition's first in 2014, and reprinted in this one, is a commitment that any boost to the budget due to better economic circumstances "will be banked as an improvement to the budget bottom line" rather than given away as tax cuts, or a package for Baby Boomers, or anything else.