Daily Bulletin

News

  • Written by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

The election contest continues to focus on tax and health, with the government setting out the tax benefit people in particular occupations would get in the long term under its plan, and Labor announcing funding for pathology from its cancer package.

The government says teachers, nurses, police officers and tradesmen would pay significantly more income tax under Labor.

According to its figures a NSW nurse manager earning $199,029 in 2024-25 would pay $11,740 less tax than under Labor; a Queensland public school principal on $183,201 would pay $9049 less tax than under Labor, and a Victorian public school classroom teacher on $115,745 would be $3699 better off.

Labor has rejected the later stages of the government’s income tax plan, saying it is not fiscally responsible to produce details at this stage. It however has left the way open for a Shorten government to give tax cuts - beyond those promised to be delivered within weeks of the election – when budget circumstances allow.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said: “Anyone earning more than $40,000 will better off under our plan. It means school teachers, nurses, bus drivers and emergency service workers right across the country will have more money in their pocket.

"This is more money to spend as they see fit. Our plan provides greater reward for effort while ensuring top earners continue to pay their fair share.”

“Our tax system will maintain its progressive nature under our reforms, with the top 5% of the taxpayers paying around one third of all income tax.”

Election stays on tax and health battlegrounds Source: Liberal Party of Australia Tax and health have dominated the first days of the campaign, with the government using numbers from the Treasury to butress its argument about Labor as high taxers and figures from the Health department to claim Labor’s plan to slash costs for cancer sufferers was massively under-costed. Both Treasury and the Health department distanced themselves from the exercises, saying they had responded to government requests rather than costed opposition policies. In the case of the attack on the cancer package the government’s attack was based on a false assumption about rebates. In its latest slicing and dicing of its $2.3 billion cancer package Labor says it would invest $200 million to keep pathology tests free for older people and people with cancer. “Bulk billing for blood tests is at breaking point - cancer patients will either have to pay, or there will be a reducation in services,” Bill Shorten and health spokeswoman Catherine King say in a statement. A Labor government would work with the sector and lift the bulk billing incentive. Older people will have about 20 million pathology tests a year; people with cancer have about three million. The CEO of Australian Pathology, Leisel Well, said that “without adequate funding, pathology services will be forced to stop bulk billing. "This will impact unfairly on poorer Australians, including pensioners. Many will simply not be able to afford tests, which means diseases will get diagnosed later at a greater cost to taxpayers, and most importantly with a greater impact on thye health outcomes of Australians”.

Authors: Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

Read more http://theconversation.com/election-stays-on-tax-and-health-battlegrounds-115500


The Conversation

Politics

Scott Morrison interview with Alan Jones - 2GB

ALAN JONES: The Prime Minister's on the line from Melbourne, Prime Minister good morning. PRIME MINISTER: Good morning Alan ALAN JONES:  thank you for your time. I wish we had three hours but look...

Alan Jones - avatar Alan Jones

Making suicide prevention a national priority

Providing greater support for all Australians needing mental health and suicide prevention services is a key priority of my Government.   Suicide takes far too many Australians, devastating famili...

Scott Morrison - avatar Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison interview with Leigh Sales

LEIGH SALES: Prime Minister, welcome back, and congratulations on your re-election.   PRIME MINISTER: Well, thank you very much, Leigh. It's very good to be back.   SALES: Why is Labor's offer t...

Leigh Sales - avatar Leigh Sales

Business News

How to get the most out of a Premium Graduate Placement

An internship placement from PGP Australia can be a really rewarding and beneficial experience for anyone looking to get their foot in the door in a certain industry like human resources, accounting...

News Company - avatar News Company

Why having a website is so important for SEO purposes, even if you don’t have a lot of traffic

What most people out there can agree on is the fact that they will feel like they have something burning inside of them that they want to share. It may be to write a book, to create a product, to cr...

News Company - avatar News Company

Career Opportunities and Relocating

Moving for work can be an incredibly exciting opportunity. Yes, the amount of work will likely be larger, but so will the pay as well as the recognition. Despite the common nervousness, it is import...

News Company - avatar News Company

Travel

Top 8 Things To See And Do In Australia

Australia - One of the most popular travel destinations in the world, is camping, backpacking, diving, and road trip destination. The country’s immense beauty from Uluru to the Outback, rainforest...

Anna Jay - avatar Anna Jay

8 Tips How to Make Your Travels Memorable

Traveling the world is on every little kid's bucket list, and it usually remains to be there among top three well into the age as well. However, what makes traveling so fun and exciting is the nov...

Diana Smith - avatar Diana Smith

5 Reasons Why You Should Partake In Community Sporting Activities

Partaking in sports isn’t for everyone. Maybe you played a bit of sport as a child at school, but as an adult, you’ve barely picked up a tennis racket or kicked a ball, and that’s OK! However, there...

News Company - avatar News Company

ShowPo