The 'political stupidity' of GST reform

In a cynical manoeuvre, Labor has slammed the door on discussion of the tax reform Australia needs – just as it did with the Henry review.

To believe the headlines today on GST reform, under an Abbott government we’ll see Joe Hockey in a cape and Zorro-style mask dashing around shopping centres and pinching coins from shoppers’ wallets and purses, bellowing ‘give me my extra GST!’

But no. That’s not what Hockey said today, nor what Tony Abbott and Andrew Robb have said in past months. No cape. No mask. No hike in GST.


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