Danielle Wood

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20 Mar 2017

If I ask you to picture an economist, what’s the first image that comes to your mind? I’m guessing it’s a man, probably with grey hair, a suit and a certain air of authority. And that’s not surprising: that is pretty much the public face...

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25 Apr 2016

Long overdue changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax would save the Commonwealth Government about $5.3 billion a year.

Summary The interaction of a fifty per cent capital gains tax discount with negative gearing distorts investment decisions, makes housing markets more volatile...

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6 Dec 2015

A well- designed GST reform package could support economic growth, make the tax and transfer system more progressive and give governments more budgetary options, according to this report.

Summary Extending the goods and services tax to cover many of the categories currently exempt...

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24 Nov 2015

Better targeting of superannuation contributions tax breaks could save the budget $3.9 billion a year, argues this report.


Tax breaks for superannuation contributions and earnings should be targeted more tightly at their policy purpose. The current system is expensive and unfair....

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1 Jul 2015

Australia is set for more than a decade of deficits between 2008 and 2019, but the reality may be even worse than projections, argues this report.


Grattan Institute’s 2013 report, Balancing budgets: tough choices we need , concluded that without structural...

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