Corrective tax

Should We Tax Legal (but Harmful) Pleasures?

It used to be common knowledge that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down – but times change. Once lyricised as an accessory… Read More ›

From Dragon to Janus: Exploring Tax Policy for the Water-Energy Nexus

Society often curses the two ‘unpleasant certainties’ in life, ‘death and taxes’. We rarely praise ‘life and taxes’, whereby taxes are recognized as instruments capable… Read More ›

A Sugar Tax Will Benefit Our Most Disadvantaged Groups

For a long time, a major concern of the public health lobby’s proposed sugar-sweetened beverage tax has been that it would unfairly punish disadvantaged groups.… Read More ›

Tobacco and Alcohol: A Taxing Double Standard

The Commonwealth Government levies specific taxes on tobacco products and alcoholic beverages because their consumption and abuse causes social harm. Often termed ‘sin’ taxes, they… Read More ›

Grattan Institute’s Case for Sugar Tax Is Not Proven

In a recent paper from the Grattan Institute, A sugary drinks tax: Recovering the community costs of obesity, Report No. 2016-15, Stephen Duckett and Hal… Read More ›

Will Cars Go Green under the ACT’s Reformed Vehicle Purchase Tax?

The Australian Government is reviewing its climate policies during 2017 to ensure that they, “remain effective in achieving Australia’s 2030 target and Paris Agreement commitments”.… Read More ›