Why we shouldn’t hate the GST

Australia faces a tough choice between eroded public services or an increase in the tax base. To achieve the latter, a GST increase is the clear winner.

Households may despise the GST, but they shouldn’t. Australia has only two genuine alternatives, either they increase taxes or the cut government services. It’s time for households and state governments to stop being naïve and face facts: increasing the GST is the best option available.

Everyone hates paying taxes but we all recognise that they play an important role in maintaining Australia’s standard of living. Taxes deliver a range of government services that the private sector is often unwilling or unable to provide.

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