Time for Canberra to claw back some GST

A broader GST base could bring the budget into rosier health and leave vulnerable Australians better off. And this may be just the moment for Julia Gillard to cut a deal.

The demand being taken to today's COAG meeting by state premiers – that the GST base be broadened rather than increasing the rate – is a historic opportunity to right a policy wrong, and the Gillard government must seize the moment.

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