Local government welcomes Henry Tax Review

By Angela Dorizas Local government has welcomed the release of the Henry Tax Review and the Rudd Government’s decision to reject an expansion of land tax to all landowners. In its response to the long awaited review of Australia’s tax system, the Government adopted four of the 138 recommendations. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer […]

Ken Henry floats congestion tax

By Angela Dorizas The review of Australia’s tax system may include a proposal to replace petrol taxes with congestion charging, according to Treasury secretary Ken Henry. In his speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) last week, Dr Henry indicated that his review is likely to include proposed reform of road taxes. Dr Henry […]

Red Ken’s plan for London, Sydney

Ken Livingstone was elected Mayor of London in 2000 and was responsible for a number of sustainable urban planning initiatives, including the controversial congestion charge. He was also a key founder of the C40 Large Cities Climate Change Leadership Group, of which Melbourne and Sydney are members.  Angela Dorizas spoke with him during his visit […]

Councils seek share of road tax revenue

By Staff Writer Local government has called on the Commonwealth to include local roads in any future road and transport tax reform. The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) said it wants to be “closely involved” in any future user charges for travel on its roads. ALGA president Geoff Lake voiced the sector’s concerns following the release […]


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