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      Andrew Mills
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      Why are politicians ducking and weaving from tax reform? Sure it’s hard and not without risk but the bigger risk is in not doing anything and selling our country short. It is no use trying to shift the responsibility to the states or vice-versa. Nor is it useful to say “this is off the table” or “that is off the table” – that just smacks of cowardice. Sure the last election saw one party lose on the basis of taking a few tax ideas to the electorate – but that was not reform in the true sense, merely some patching to raise some funds. True reform will be holistic and take into account everything.
      It’s time we held our politicians to account!

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      RobynTax
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      Decades of amendments by successive governments have only added to the complexity of the system without necessarily improving it holistically. Governments’ policy agendas have often been reversed by their successor, and policies seem to be too frequently driven by election cycles not by long term vision.

      It will take real political courage to reform the system, once and for all – enough tinkering.

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      Sheree Cusack
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      Agree with Robyn that the amendments by successive governments have built and ‘add on’ mentality and all that is happening is just tinkering around the edges rather than taking the hard road and make some large changes that will actually make a sizable difference to the tax base.

      Tax is a hard sell (unless you are saying to take money from others) and it is nuanced and that doesn’t deliver in the soundbite or 140 characters of a tweet. Trying to explain tax to an electorate is difficult (I mean we only have to look at some of the discussions we have with clients to know the challenges) – so being able to explain it in an adult way, without having specifics reduced to soundbites might unfortunately be out of the realm of possibility.

      I would love to have a full suite of actual changes ready to take and discuss with the ability to explain it without losing people. As a generalisation we try to be precise in our language – because we know the implications if it is wrong, or poorly understood – but that is not how communication is effected now.

      I live in hope that things can change and we can build an effective tax policy that is fair, just and equitable while taking into account an ever expanding cost profile and a dwindling taxation base. That might require more structural reform that would be palatable for the current political parties.

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