Why we need this.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that career politicians in the major parties have neither the will nor the capacity to serve the best interests of the nation.

Low-income workers, especially youth and women, have been hardest hit, while corporations and wealthy shareholders have faced few impacts.  Governments have delivered primarily to vested interests – big business, union leaders, and the influential few – resulting in a weaker, less resilient economy.  

What we aim for

Economic policy should guide our economy to be robust, efficient, and effective. It must maintain high standards of living, ensure a fair distribution of wealth, be a stable environment for business and manufacturing, foster worthwhile employment and excellent services, and do all this whilst conserving natural assets for future generations. Above all, economic levers must be transparently based on evidence. 

We propose fundamental economic reforms, starting with an overhaul of the tax system. Our proposed tax reforms will more efficiently raise revenue that will be used to fund investments to transform Australia’s economy and pay down the debt that the government has taken on to manage the worst impacts of the pandemic. 

Our plan will drive a fast transformation to very low greenhouse emissions by moving to an energy system characterised by renewable energy + storage and through the electrification of transportation, heating, and industrial processes. In doing this we must foster the scientists, innovators, and manufacturers who can build the business and employment opportunities that this transformation will offer. 

The Australian Democrats economic platform will deliver economic strength and stability in 4 key areas: 

  1. A TAX SYSTEM that is fairer and more effective;
  2. ECONOMIC STIMULUS that delivers strength;
  3. ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE that will foster the industries of the future; and
  4. SCIENCE AND INNOVATION investment that will deliver the knowledge and skills to create the jobs of the future

A more effective tax system
Make the first $37,000 of annual income tax-free
– This will increase take-home pay by 11% for someone earning $37,000
Stamp out profit-shifting by global firms by adding a global profit allocation test in calculating corporate tax
Levy moderate taxes on wealthiest 1%.
– Tax those with wealth of $100 million+ and inheritances of $10 million+
Reduce the capital gains tax discount to 25%
Phase out stamp duties and replace with land tax
A $30/tonne emitter-pays price on carbon 
– To provide energy policy certainty which will drive private investment in the grid, create jobs, and lower energy prices 
– To be increased in line with Australia’s key trade partners
Invest in electricity transmission upgrades to ensure reliable energy (guided by the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan)
Underwrite support for lithium-battery and hydrogen energy industries
Levy a super profit tax on non-renewable resource projects

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