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The 1st Presidential Debate: A setback for the Donald?

A fiery first presidential debate has just concluded over in the United States. After 90 memorable minutes, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton left the stage leaving millions with lots to consider. Tom Crowley provides his hot take on the debate.

Election 2016: Unimelb Presidents’ Pitches

So, after 8 weeks of gaffes, selfies and high-vis vests, the moment of truth has finally arrived. Tomorrow, Australians cast their vote to decide our political future (at least for the next few months, before our traditional mid-term ministerial mutiny). Over the last 24 hours, ESSA has brought you comprehensive coverage on this election’s big …

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Budget 2016: ESSA Writers Respond

Tom Crowley, Chief Editor The government has spoken ad nauseam in recent weeks about the need to ‘live within our means’, and has insisted time and again that we have a spending problem. This budget proves those slogans are all spin, no substance. The spending measures in this budget exceed the revenue measures by only …

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Budget offers pre-election tax cut for incomes above $80,000

As expected, the 2016-17 budget has offered up a personal income tax cut, timed to take effect on July 1, the day before the election.   The government announced in today’s budget that it would increase the middle income tax bracket (that is, the income level at which taxpayers move from 32.5% marginal tax rate …

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Changes to arrangements for superannuation

The budget contained a significant number of changes to the taxation of superannuation, in some cases going further than had been indicated. The changes have the net effect of increasing the progressivity of superannuation tax, whilst also providing a substantial boost to government revenues.   Amongst the changes that target high-income earners:   The income …

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Budget introduces new pathway to employment for young job seekers

A centrepiece of the Treasurer’s speech tonight was the announcement of a new program to help young Australians into jobs. The program, branded “Youth Jobs PaTH” (Prepare, Trial, Hire), was advertised as “not just another training program”.   The budget papers go into more depth about the detail of this proposal.   At its heart …

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