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Budget Forum 2023: Will the Budget Reduce Inflation?

On Budget night, Treasurer Jim Chalmers claimed that the Government’s measures would reduce inflation. Budget Paper No. 1 also makes the following claim about the… Read More ›

Budget Forum 2023: Stage 3 Tax Cuts and JobSeeker – A Slightly Different View

There is understandable disappointment that the Government did not do more to improve the adequacy of JobSeeker, with many highlighting how this could have been… Read More ›

Budget Forum 2023: Equity Is Hard to Achieve When Unfairness Is Baked into the System

“Equity” is the principle of fairness and justice in the distribution of resources, opportunities and privileges among individuals or groups, taking into account their different… Read More ›

Budget Forum 2023: A Small Investment in the Budget With a Big Policy Return?

In addition to the small surplus forecast for the 2022-23 financial year, the coverage of the federal budget was dominated by the large expenditure items… Read More ›

Budget Forum 2023: Labor Could and Should Have Gone Stronger on the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax

Difficult judgments are required when increasing taxes on projects that were commissioned under an existing regime. These were the judgments that the government had to… Read More ›