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Righting Australia's vertical fiscal imbalance : transferring public hospital funding as an option for reform

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Eccleston, RG (2008) Righting Australia's vertical fiscal imbalance : transferring public hospital funding as an option for reform. Agenda, 15 (3). pp. 39-52. ISSN 1322−1833

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Abstract

Vertical Fiscal Imbalance (VFI) is the root cause of intergovernmental conflict in
the Australian federation, and un-remedied will limit the dividends of any revitalised
Council of Australian Governments. The paper argues the while the GST has been
an effective growth tax, it has exacerbated Australia’s VFI and is unlikely to yield
sufficient revenues to meet the expenditure pressures confronting the States. The
paper suggests that transferring the funding of public hospitals to the Commonwealth
will enhance the sustainability of State public finances and reduce the VFI.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Agenda
Page Range: pp. 39-52
ISSN: 1322−1833
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2008 23:00
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:54
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