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Tax and spend plan one of Sir Humphrey’s ‘courageous’ plans

From government, this approach would be a difficult sell, but from opposition it is what Sir Humphrey ­Appleby would call “courageous’’.

A novel thing has happened this election: a major political party unabashedly is offering a significantly higher level of tax should it form government.


The Labor Party is planning an ambitious overall spending program, and the follow-on consequence of this is its embrace of higher tax levels.

David Alexander is Federal Managing Director at Barton Deakin and a former senior adviser to Peter Costello.

David Alexander, The Australian, May 3, 2016. The full article can be accessed here.