Land Tax: The Debate We Must Have

THERE IS A SIMPLE WAY WE CAN RAISE THE REVENUE LABOR NEEDS TO FUND PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL POLICY – LAND TAX.

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We must be smart, open and modern to win

To succeed, Labor must engage with the world as we find it, not as we might want it to be.

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Increasing the GST will target those less well off

There is a real need for tax reform, but the answer is not an increase in the GST.

THE debate on increasing the GST continues to rage among federal politicians, with the Government currently testing the appetite of the electorate for such reform. Taxation policy is one of the greatest equalisers that we have in society. The sheer effectiveness of tax policy is the reason why it sparks so much debate. 

Currently, Government expenditure as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is over 26 per cent, the same level as at the height of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Yet, I believe there still isn’t enough money being raised to meet the needs of the community. The question that should be being asked then is, what is the level of revenue that we need to raise in order to meet the demands of the community and how do we reform the tax system to make a fairer and a more egalitarian Australia?

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Young Labor Left fighting for a better Australian Young Labor

NSW Young Labor Vice-President Casey Thompson reports from Australian Young Labor Conference in Canberra:

Young Labor members from around Australia came together in Canberra in early September for the annual Australian Young Labor (AYL) Conference.

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Young Labor Left with Tanya Plibersek MP

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WA Left Brings the Policy A Game at State Conference

Amy Blitvich reports in from the WA State Labor Conference on behalf of Challenge:

It has been a busy few months here in WA. Coming off a great progressive National Conference, we went straight into a Prime Minister changing Canning By-Election meaning many activists here in the West haven’t had much time for anything. Somehow in August, we snuck in our WA State Conference where once again the WA Left set the agenda for the Party in the lead up to our 2017 State Election.

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