Dracula in charge of the blood bank

Geoffrey Kingston*

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The Harmer - Henry pension and tax review resulted in an increase in the common value of the single rate of Age Pension and Disability Support Pension from 25 per cent to 28 per cent of male total average weekly earnings. It also recommended a Resource Super Profits Tax that would have initially taxed mining 'rents' at 36 per cent, on top of the pre-existing 30 per cent federal taxonprofits. These recommendations represent two sides of the same coin: higher federal spending alongside higher federal taxes. The pension rise is likely to reduce participation in the labour force. The proposed tax rise would discourage mining activity as miners considered their options to delay or abandon projects. There is a lot to like at the level of detail in the Harmer - Henry package, but future efforts to reform our tax-transfer system should focus on promoting saving and investment, including investment in human capital.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-44
Number of pages18
JournalEconomic and Labour Relations Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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