Originally published in The Canberra Times on May 12, 2012

While it is impolite to say so these days, Canberrans don’t pay much tax. While this week’s Commonwealth budget as well as the ACT’s review of the territory’s tax system back up this conclusion, it is unlikely to have much impact on the calls for lower taxes to take the pressure off the cost of living. Indeed, this week also saw the release of a report that showed that prices in Australia have been rising much more slowly than incomes. But again, it is unlikely that these so-called ”facts” will have much impact on the way that political debate is conducted.

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