I have written a fair bit on constitutional issues. Rather than repeating those views, I thought that I would ask you. How would you restructure the Australian Federation? How would you make our system work better? Is it in fact possible?
The first comments received focused on the GST. Anons one and two focused on the political aspects of the GST. Winton Bates wrote
I think the starting point should be to establish an allocation of GST as close as possible to what it would be if it was a state tax. That would make fiscal equalisation a separate issue and help state premiers to consider whether the base of GST should be broadened, rate raised, more reliance placed on property taxes, spending reduced etc.I am inclined to agree with Winton.
The debate really does seem to be bogged down at present on GST.
Ross Gittin's take: GST out of the box, but states won't budge