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Turnbull channels his inner Roosevelt and realigns our political economy

Last week’s Budget saw the introduction of new taxes, more recurrent spending, and a greater focus on delivering infrastructure.

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South Australia puts its cards on the energy table

The South Australian Government just announced a brave plan to take control of its energy security and reliability issues

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Welcome changes to the Australian Privacy Act: what to do when private information becomes public property

On 13 February, a welcome amendment to Australia’s Privacy Act passed both houses of parliament

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SMEs want reassurance and action from government in 2017… and less red tape

Cut red tape! This was the overwhelming response from our clients when asked what they wished for from government in the coming year. It’s an understandable concern. KPMG Enterprise (SME)…

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#MYEFO: not responding to changed circumstances and borrowing from the future unfair to future generations

Put simply, we are simply not responding to our changed circumstances. Our first reading of MYEFO suggests for the period FY17 to FY20 government receipts are expected to be about…

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The art of the City Deal: why leadership and shared vision is vital for better outcomes

Today sees the Prime Minster, Queensland Premier and Townsville Mayor sign Australia’s first ‘City Deal’ in what I hope will be the first of many such agreements that have the…

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Superannuation: too important to withstand any more government speculation

Having strongly supported the government’s initial superannuation legislative measures last week we think yesterday’s follow-up effort on the more contentious issues was a reasonable outcome in a difficult position. The…

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Draft superannuation legislation: a step towards gender equity

The government’s political problems with the superannuation tax changes proposed in May’s Budget are well known as Parliament still awaits the draft legislation on the most contentious of these issues.…

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Chinese investment in farmland: “a rounding error” not a takeover

The Federal Government has released, for the first time, a register of foreign investment in agricultural land. The belief by many Australians that China is buying up the family farm…

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Ideas boom or bust? Let’s get “innovation” out of the headlines and into reality

The Ideas Boom; the innovation nation; jobs and growth. Over the past year or so, it seems like we have been inundated with slogans. So much so, that we risk…

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Superannuation reform – where to from here?

With the Federal Election run and won, and Parliament set to resume, attention will once again focus on tax reform, and, in particular, what will happen in relation to the…

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Budget repair: the focus must be on tax, spending and co-operation from all parties

Federal Parliament returned yesterday and it is crucial that all representatives – new and old – address our economic situation seriously in the new sitting. Business surveys have shown widespread…

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Research and Development incentives: the lifeline of innovation

Parliament resumed this week after its long post-election break. But there is a legislative proposal to be debated which threatens to erode Australia’s brand as a destination for investment in…

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