Broaden GST before anything else

REMOVING exemptions is a bigger taboo than raising the rate, even though the argument for exemptions is intellectually lazy, says DAN TEHAN.
REMOVING exemptions is a bigger taboo than raising the rate, even though the argument for exemptions is intellectually lazy, says DAN TEHAN.
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ANIMAL rights activists have targeted the successful Australia Day lamb promotion through video footage allegedly taken at Victorian abattoirs. ANIMAL rights activists have targeted the successful Australia Day lamb promotion through video footage allegedly taken at Victorian abattoirs.
AUSTRALIAN dairy is the latest commodity to come under scrutiny in a report set to be released by animal rights group Voiceless next week. AUSTRALIAN dairy is the latest commodity to come under scrutiny in a report set to be released by animal rights group Voiceless next week.
BARNABY Joyce has returned fire at plans to establish an alternative political voice for farmers - the new Country Party of Australia. BARNABY Joyce has returned fire at plans to establish an alternative political voice for farmers - the new Country Party of Australia.
THE government has scrapped its plans to next week cut the Medicare rebate by $20 for short GP visits. THE government has scrapped its plans to next week cut the Medicare rebate by $20 for short GP visits.
NOT a single grazing property in this country would have been viable for the first 100 years without the productivity of working dogs.
26 Jan 15  3 NOT a single grazing property in this country would have been viable for the first 100 years without the productivity of working dogs.
THE Abbott government’s changes to Medicare are not the only co-payments that many rural patients face.
25 Jan 15  3 THE Abbott government’s changes to Medicare are not the only co-payments that many rural patients face. | Rural GPs take co-payment's pulse  | Data is key to more rural doctors 
BY virtue of some more dramatic issues in other industries, dairy has not yet been in the spotlight, but our time is coming.
24 Jan 15  2 BY virtue of some more dramatic issues in other industries, dairy has not yet been in the spotlight, but our time is coming. | Voiceless breaks dairy's silence  | Dairy incomes on the rise 
TEMPERATURE trends matter when two degrees can make the difference between a viable wheat crop and a waste of money.
07 Jan 15  42 TEMPERATURE trends matter when two degrees can make the difference between a viable wheat crop and a waste of money. | Good season forecast for 2015  | Intense heat driven into the... 
OPINION: The budget and reform are important, but the Treasurer needs to adopt new ways to show the public how policy is working.
02 Jan 15  3 OPINION: The budget and reform are important, but the Treasurer needs to adopt new ways to show the public how policy is working. | GrainCorp feels heard on rail needs 
SELF-SUFFICIENCY is considered key to sustainably feeding growing populations, but scratch the surface and it doesn’t really stack up.
30 Dec 14  13 SELF-SUFFICIENCY is considered key to sustainably feeding growing populations, but scratch the surface and it doesn’t really stack up. | Climate change will transform ag  | Simplifying the production dilemma 
ACCELERATING production problems cannot be solved in a society obsessed with consumption, high living standards and economic growth.
30 Dec 14  5 ACCELERATING production problems cannot be solved in a society obsessed with consumption, high living standards and economic growth. | ‘Ugly’ food won’t reduce waste  | Climate change will transform ag 
CORPORATE Australia would do well to study the way supermarket giant Coles handled explosive allegations of
17 Dec 14  1 CORPORATE Australia would do well to study the way supermarket giant Coles handled explosive allegations of "unconscionable conduct". | Coles, ACCC to settle supplier case  | Code for cracking supermarket power 
THE reality is that with the new $11 billion deal with Telstra inked, this will be as good as it will get for the foreseeable future.
16 Dec 14 THE reality is that with the new $11 billion deal with Telstra inked, this will be as good as it will get for the foreseeable future. | Telstra's new NBN win 
WITH public debate raging about bank foreclosures on debt and drought-savaged farm businesses, is the media helping or hindering?
16 Dec 14  14 WITH public debate raging about bank foreclosures on debt and drought-savaged farm businesses, is the media helping or hindering? | Rural debt data delivered  | Katter 'all talk' on rural... 
TAMWORTH grazier and egg farmer Bede Burke was planning to produce free-range eggs, until he heard about avian influenza.
15 Dec 14  9 TAMWORTH grazier and egg farmer Bede Burke was planning to produce free-range eggs, until he heard about avian influenza.
IN 38 regional electorates in the past 15 months PAUL FLETCHER has heard a clear message: people want better mobile coverage.
09 Dec 14  3 IN 38 regional electorates in the past 15 months PAUL FLETCHER has heard a clear message: people want better mobile coverage.

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Typically superficial and simplistic. The WA wheatbelt covers a vast area from north to south to
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That's not a firm date Consolidated, can you tell me when or are you just hoping?
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Abbott says he will lead the coalition at the next federal election - what a load of bulla.
AN emergency warning has been issued in Waroona, with residents advised to evacuate or prepare to defend their homes as a fire burns in the town's east.30 Jan 15 AN emergency warning has been issued in Waroona, with residents advised to evacuate or prepare to defend their homes...
A NEW chief executive officer for the WA Meat Industry Authority (WAMIA) has been appointed.29 Jan 15 A NEW chief executive officer for the WA Meat Industry Authority (WAMIA) has been appointed.