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Monday, August 13, 2012

How Australia compares on tax, graphically

Nifty, hey?

To be like the rest of the OECD we need

. less company tax

. more consumption tax

. more tax in total

From this year's ANU F.H Gruen Lecture by Rob Heferen, executive director Treasury Revenue Group.

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