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Half Of Australian Workers Worse Off Under Shorten Company Tax Thought Bubble

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28 June 2018

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today released new analysis based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data, which finds that almost half of Australian workers would be worse off under Labor’s plans to increase company taxes.

Bill Shorten this week announced he would reverse legislated company tax cuts for businesses between $10-$50 million turnover.

The data finds that 1.57 million workers are employed in businesses, between $10-$50 million turnover. In addition, 3.68 million workers are employed in businesses with over $50 million turnover who would miss out because of Labor’s rejection of the Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2.

IPA Research Fellow Matthew Lesh, said, “Bill Shorten’s corporate tax thought bubble will leave 5.25 million Australian workers worse off. Almost half of all Australians workers are employed by businesses with over $10 million turnover.



“Australia already has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. The United States corporate tax rate is now 21%, Britain is at 19%, and, in our region, Singapore’s rate is 17%, and Hong Kong is 16.5%.  It’s no coincidence that the Australian economy is stagnating while the rest of the world is growing. Higher corporate tax means less investment, lower wages, and fewer jobs.

“Labor’s plan would punish companies for becoming successful, selling more products and services, and employing more Australians,” said Mr Lesh.

The IPA released research earlier this week which found that the top 0.33% of all companies paid 63% of all net company tax over the period 2011-16. Proving false the Labor claim that big business does not pay its ‘fair’ share of corporate tax.

“It’s time for the Senate to pass the full enterprise tax plan which treats all businesses fairly and equally,” said Mr Lesh.

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Matthew Lesh

Matthew Lesh is an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs

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