“THE AGE” LETTER TODAY

Let’s have real tax reform

Congratulations to Jessica Irvine (The Age, 28/11) for her article outlining the major issues around tax reform. Australians understand the need for efficient taxes and are not necessarily going to be put off by vested interests screaming loudly. As the Victorian election showed, most people are not convinced by spurious fear campaigns. They appreciate governments making good use of revenue and are open to fairer methods of taxation, as demonstrated by the transition to land tax in the ACT.

It is time our politicians were bold and implemented taxation that is, as recommended by the Henry review, “efficient, simple and fair”. Why not start with the excellent climate dividend plan put forth by professors Richard Holden and Rosalind Dixon, as outlined by Ross Gittins (Business, 24/11)?

Allan Dowsett, Preston