We may be stuck with the world’s worst GST

The GST applies to less than half of the goods and services being consumed, but any changes require unanimous approval of the states. Will it be another year of fruitless debate?

This month is the 40th anniversary of the final report of the Asprey committee on tax reform, which means it is four decades since a goods and services tax was first put on the Australian agenda.

Asprey wrote: “the Committee has reached one recommendation that it believes should be acceptable to a broad spectrum of public opinion and is consistent with a wide range of attitudes to social policy.

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