Business Council Statement on Budget 2017-18
9 May 2017
“Treasurer Scott Morrison has delivered a practical and workable Budget in the face of sustained political gridlock in Canberra that has stifled much-needed, wider reform,” said Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott.
Break the Budget Deadlock or Suffer the Consequences
17 March 2017
The Budget should set out a responsible five-pronged strategy to promote stronger growth, better services and increased value from government spending, with the ultimate goal of achieving higher community living standards
MYEFO: A Reality Check For Parliament
19 December 2016
The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook is yet another reality check for the parliament that this nation cannot spend what it can’t afford, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.
Statement On Company Transparency Report For 2014-2015
9 December 2016
The Tax Office’s company tax data underscores that Australia has some of the strongest transparency and integrity measures of any country in the world.
September Quarter National Accounts Are A Wake-Up Call For Parliament
7 December 2016
“The GDP figures are an end-of-year wakeup call for Parliament about what lies ahead for the Australian community if they fail to face up to Australia’s very real and growing economic challenges,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.
Business Bashers Must Explain The Consequences
21 November 2016
Populist politicians who target business should tell their voters to expect years of low growth - and tell them why.
Easing Companies Burden Lifts The Load For Us All
27 October 2016
When Australian businesses are not globally competitive, the consequences are felt in suburban streets and regional towns.
Senator Xenophon Urged to Back Lower Taxes For All Businesses
19 October 2016
Senator Xenophon urged not to miss a massive opportunity to revive South Australia's flagging economy.
Labor must support government's full tax plan
13 October 2016
The Labor Party should act in the interests of a stronger economy for all the community by not opposing the full package of reforms in the government’s 10-year tax plan.
Now's time to cut company tax
10 October 2016
The big four professional services firms agree cutting company tax leads to big benefits for Australians, and our national economy.
Jennifer Westacott on PVO Newsday
28 September 2016
Business Council Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on PVO Newsday, Sky News Live 28 September 2016.
Australia Can't Afford Not To Cut Company Tax
28 September 2016
The simple fact is we cannot afford not to reduce our company tax rate for all businesses. We cannot ignore the reality that Australia operates in a global economy. We are fooling ourselves if we think that we can opt out of it.
Purposeful Business, Purposeful Country
24 September 2016
We have an expression we use constantly at the Business Council: “Doing nothing doesn’t mean nothing will happen”.
The Best Welfare is Working
23 September 2016
For many Australian families, getting access to the right kind of government support at the right time is the key to setting them up for future success in life.
Business Council Statement on Company Tax
15 September 2016
If the Parliament abandons the 10-year enterprise tax plan it is effectively giving up on Australia’s global competitiveness.
Budget repair deal marks a positive start to new Parliament
13 September 2016
The agreement between the Turnbull Government and the Opposition to pass more than $6 billion in budget savings over the forward estimates marks a positive start to the new Parliament.
Business Council Statement on WA Nationals Mining Tax Proposal
12 August 2016
The Business Council calls on the WA Nationals to abandon its ill-considered proposal for a discriminatory tax on BHP and Rio Tinto.
Strong Biz or Ed and Health. Reality is We Need Both
30 June 2016
Having to decide between strong business, or education and health, is a phony choice this election.
Make Business Strong and We Are All Winners
30 June 2016
Business groups representing more than 360,000 businesses employing more than 6.2 million people explain why, in a global environment, a more competitive company tax rate is vital for a strong Australia.
Elections Should Be a Time for Policy, Not Politics
15 June 2016
In the heat of an election campaign, the debate can narrow to a few emotive themes, often captured by simple slogans. Lost in the moment is the depth and extent of the debate we need to have about the long term.
Time for Business to Fight Back
10 June 2016
Having a vibrant business sector, one that continually strives to grow by investing, employing more workers, paying decent wages and making strong returns for shareholders, has been fundamental to Australia’s unbroken growth over the last quarter century.
Can't Grow Economy by Killing Golden Goose
9 June 2016
Politicians who wish to spend more of other people’s money, but fail to understand that it is future investment decisions that deliver future revenues, keep trying to squeeze more out of the same business golden goose.
Back Stronger Businesses so Australians Get Ahead
9 June 2016
This election, politics has obscured and distorted the facts that the community needs to know to properly appreciate the deep benefits we all gain from a strong businesses environment, including a more competitive business tax system.
Joint Statement: Back Stronger Businesses so Australians Get Ahead
9 June 2016
Business groups whose members employ millions of Australians in small, medium and large enterprises are urging politicians to back businesses – small, medium and large – so Australians can get ahead.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News Live 5 June 2016
5 June 2016
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News Live, Sunday Agenda with Peter van Onselen and Paul Kelly.
Only Business, Large and Small, Can Help Australians Get Ahead
3 June 2016
When you attack business, you attack the prospects of every Australian worker, because business together employs more than 10 million Australians – eight in every 10 workers.
Time to Give Business a Break
27 May 2016
Who are the taxpayers who ultimately foot the bill for the promises made during an election campaign, whether on a “spend-o-meter” or elsewhere?
The Budget is heading in the right direction
17 May 2016
James Baulderstone joins Dr Shane Oliver and The Hon. Dr Craig Emerson on the CFO Forum panel 'Budget Considerations: Outcomes and Priorities from the 2016 Federal Budget'.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News 12 May 2016
12 May 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on Sky News with Kristina Kenealy and Peter van Onselen.
BCA Statement on the Calling of the 2016 Election
8 May 2016
This election presents Australians with an important choice about how this nation builds a sustainable future of higher living standards and more and better paid jobs.
Response to the Federal Budget 2016–17
4 May 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott responds to the 2016–17 Federal Budget.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News with David Speers
3 May 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott responds to the 2016 Federal Budget on Sky News Business with David Speers.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky Business, Budget 2016: Roundtable
3 May 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott responds to the 2016 Federal Budget on Sky News Business, Budget 2016: Roundtable.
BCA Statement on the 2016-17 Federal Budget
3 May 2016
The 2016-17 Federal Budget is a solid, responsible budget that balances holding the line on spending growth with new initiatives to improve the nation’s economic growth prospects.
Fairness is a Growing Economy
30 April 2016
On the eve of the federal Budget, and more likely an election, the issue of fairness is becoming a central theme against which policies will be measured, and on which some are seeking to claim the moral ground.
BCA Annual Forum Address by The Hon. Scott Morrison MP
13 April 2016
This address was delivered by The Hon. Scott Morrison MP at the Business Council of Australia's Annual Forum Dinner in Sydney 13 April 2016.
Australians Deserve a Balanced Debate on Company Tax
13 April 2016
As we approach the Budget and an election it is vital the community is presented with a balanced argument on company income tax.
Aussies Should be Barracking for a Better Tax System
11 April 2016
The harsh truth is that Australia’s global economic competitiveness ranking has fallen from tenth a decade ago to 21st, behind New Zealand.
Jennifer Westacott on Sky News
29 March 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott interviewed on Sky News discusses the path for transforming the tax system to improve the living standards of all Australians by supporting economic transition and accelerating growth.
How Our Tax System is Holding Back Families and Workers
16 March 2016
While the tax debate has fixated on particular taxes, we’ve lost sight of what it all means for individual Australians, their families and the next generation.
And there is one point on which almost all of us would agree. Nobody likes a tax increase.
Jennifer Westacott discusses Real Tax Reform on Trading Day, Sky Business
10 March 2016
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott discusses the need for Real Tax Reform in Australia on Trading Day, Sky Business.
Real Growth Needs Real Tax Reform
9 March 2016
Doing nothing on tax is not an option because the tax system affects so many decisions that influence how quickly we can grow the economy in this challenging new world.
CEDA 2016 Economic and Political Overview Keynote Speech by Catherine Livingstone
9 March 2016
Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone gives the keynote speech at the CEDA 2016 Economic and Political Overview event in Sydney.
CEDA Economic and Political Overview Keynote Speech by Catherine Livingstone
8 March 2016
BCA President Catherine Livingstone gives the keynote speech at the CEDA 2016 Economic and Political Overview event in Sydney.
Doing Nothing on Income Taxes is Clearly Not an Option
12 February 2016
Treasury tax reform analysis proves that doing nothing to alleviate the burden of income taxes is not an option.
Everyone Wins if We Simplify Tax
11 February 2016
Real tax reform is not a bookkeeping exercise; it is about reshaping the system to better support our economy to adapt and thrive in the face of significant global economic, demographic and technological change.
Doing Nothing on Tax Reform is Simply Not an Option
8 February 2016
Leaving our tax system the way it is now is unproductive, unsustainable and ultimately unfair.
Economic Reforms Needed to Build a Better Future
23 January 2016
How positive do we feel about our nation’s place in the world and our capacity to realise these opportunities? How confident are we that our children and grandchildren will enjoy the same quality of life as we do, or something even better?
Statement on ATO Company Tax Data
17 December 2015
The publication of company tax data is an important input to the transparency and integrity of the tax system.
Statement on Multinational Tax Legislation
4 December 2015
The BCA welcomes the passage of the government’s multinational tax bill through the Parliament.
Start from the Right End of the Tax Reform Debate: Article by Jennifer Westacott
12 November 2015
Let’s focus on what we want the tax system to do and what needs to be fixed.
Time to End Simplistic Rule In Rule Out Politics
7 November 2015
Tax reform cannot only be about the GST, but we can't have a proper debate about the optimum tax system if the discussion doesn't include the GST.
Australia Deserves an Informed Conversation on Tax Reform
1 November 2015
Politicians need to respect the community enough to let them have an informed conversation about tax reform.
BCA Welcomes Release of OECD BEPS Package
6 October 2015
The final package of the OECD’s BEPS measures is an important next step in the modernisation of global tax arrangements.
Statement on Federal Government Leadership Change
15 September 2015
The BCA congratulates Malcolm Turnbull and welcomes the strong messages he has sent about building lasting prosperity.
Statement from the National Reform Summit
26 August 2015
Groups representing Australian business, community and workers came together today to agree actions that will help to realise our shared vision.
Closing Remarks to the National Reform Summit by Jennifer Westacott
26 August 2015
We expect to see an action-oriented reform agenda from both the government and the Opposition.
Opening Address to the National Reform Summit by Catherine Livingstone
26 August 2015
Today we have a leadership responsibility to present fellow Australians with an ambitiously positive vision.
BCA Welcomes Momentum for Comprehensive Tax Reform
24 August 2015
The reality is that the case for comprehensive tax reform is compelling because Australia is falling behind the world on competitiveness and productivity.
National Productivity: Article by Jennifer Westacott
24 August 2015
The National Reform Summit will centre on four issues which are pre-requisites for the goal of sustainable economic growth.
Statement on Corporate Tax
19 August 2015
The Senate inquiry into corporate tax has highlighted the importance of global efforts to ensure the international tax system remains robust.
Tax Reform: Article by Jennifer Westacott
6 August 2015
A better tax system that will grow the size of the pie by growing the economy is also a key to paying for a good health system and our social safety net.
BCA Submission to the Tax White Paper: Support Growth
6 August 2015
If we are to create a stronger and more resilient economy we need businesses to invest, flourish and create more jobs but our tax system is holding us back.
National Reform Summit: Article by Jennifer Westacott
25 July 2015
This could be the best chance we’ve had for some time for a more informed, sensible and forward-looking public debate.
ACOSS and BCA Joint Statement on Tax Reform
21 July 2015
Groups call on Australia's leaders to approach the task of tax reform in an open, inclusive and transparent way.
Statement on Tax Reform
16 July 2015
Any policy reform is hard, but that is not an excuse for resiling from the challenge.
Statement on the Treasurer’s Speech on Tax Reform
15 July 2015
The BCA welcomes the Treasurer's comprehensive assessment of the imperative and the scope for tax reform.
Superannuation Governance: Article by Jennifer Westacott
9 July 2015
The Parliament should get behind this sensible modernisation of one of Australia's most important endowments.
Federal Budget: Article by Jennifer Westacott
21 May 2015
The 2015-16 federal budget is a pragmatic and sensible budget.
G100 Congress: Speech by Jennifer Westacott
20 May 2015
Jennifer Westacott speaks at G100 2015 Congress about the role of budget reform in facilitating growth.
Statement on the 2015-16 Federal Budget
12 May 2015
The 2015-16 federal budget is a sound, sensible and thoughtful budget.
National Press Club Address by Catherine Livingstone: Q&A Transcript
29 April 2015
A transcript of the Q & A section of Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone’s National Press Club Address on 29 April 2015.
Actions for this Year's Budget: Article by Jennifer Westacott
19 March 2015
Strengthening our fiscal position is ultimately about strengthening the Australian economy and protecting living standards, now and into the future.
BCA Statement on Government Tax Reform Discussion Paper
30 March 2015
The Federal Government’s tax discussion paper highlights serious structural flaws in tax system that are undermining national competitiveness.
Intergenerational Report: Article by Jennifer Westacott
7 March 2015
Both major parties must put forward a compelling vision and a practical plan of action for how to manage the enormous transformation of our society.
Statement on the Intergenerational Report
5 March 2015
The report reinforces how future deficits can be reduced with timely policy action.
2015-16 Budget Submission: Article by Jennifer Westacott
3 March 2015
It's time to stop the blame game and start fixing Australia's budget position.
BCA Budget Submission Calls For 10-Year Plan For Growth
3 March 2015
The pressures on the Budget have been a decade in the making and will worsen without a sustained effort over 10 years to put Australia back on track.
Statement on Suggested Changes to Tax Arrangements
2 March 2015
Proposed changes to thin capitalisation laws risk undermining major capital and infrastructure projects and deterring investment.
Statement on the Final Report of the McClure Welfare Review
25 February 2015
This report is a thoughtful and well-considered piece of policy work which deserves an equally thoughtful and coherent response from policy makers.
Corporate Tax: Article in the AFR
20 February 2015
The Senate's inquiry is a welcome opportunity for considered and informed discussion about the performance of our corporate tax system.
Statement Following Liberal Party Room Meeting
9 February 2015
What matters to the BCA and our members is that we see traction on increasingly urgent policy changes to strengthen the Australian economy.
Statement on Company Tax Uncertainty
6 February 2015
A two-tiered company tax rate would introduce a major distortion in our tax system at a time when all businesses are struggling to stay competitive.
Australia Day: Daily Telegraph Article by Jennifer Westacott
26 January 2015
BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott reflects on what has made Australia great, and talks about the kind of country we want for the future.
Statement on the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook
15 December 2014
National Accounts Another Wake-Up Call
3 December 2014
National Accounts release highlights the need for policies to boost competitiveness, lift economic growth and navigate upcoming economic challenges.
Speech to the BCA-Clayton Utz BEPS Workshop
6 November 2014
BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott discusses the base erosion and profit shifting agenda and the need for tax reform to help drive competitiveness.
Article on Company Tax by Jennifer Westacott and Frank Drenth
7 October 2014
Misleading report unfairly tarnishes the reputation of many Australian companies, the ATO and risks setting back the tax reform debate Australia needs.
Economic Reform Is Needed: Article by Jennifer Westacott in The Australian
29 September 2014
The government's economic reform agenda is all about making Australia more competitive so we can fulfil our potential, writes BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott.
Speech by Catherine Livingstone to the BCA–PwC Tax Forum
11 September 2014
BCA President Catherine Livingstone outlines why the need for comprehensive, considered tax reform is now urgent and profound.
Statement on the Repeal of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax
2 September 2014
Repealing the MRRT will help improve Australia’s reputation as an attractive investment destination and ensure a strong, growing resources industry.
Building Australia’s Comparative Advantages: Catherine Livingstone Article
11 August 2014
Understanding the challenges and outlook faced by each industry sector is the basis of good economic policy, BCA President Catherine Livingstone writes.
Actions Needed to Build Australia’s Comparative Advantages
28 July 2014
Policy needs to address the needs of each sector to maximise competitiveness, jobs and prosperity.
Senate Must Put the National Interest First: Article by Jennifer Westacott
17 July 2014
Jennifer Westacott writes of the need for a more inclusive and positive approach where different sectors work together, and in the interests of the nation.
Financial System Inquiry Interim Report Highlights System Working Well
15 July 2014
The Murray Financial System Inquiry Interim Report reinforces the need for a competitive, stable and well-regulated financial system for Australia’s future
Vision for a Competitive Australia: First Article in The Australian
14 June 2014
First in a series of articles in The Australian about work being undertaken by the BCA on Australia’s growth and competitiveness in a global market.
BCA–Clayton Utz BEPS Workshop: Speech by Jennifer Westacott
15 May 2014
We need to align the problem with a fit-for-purpose solution when it comes to base erosion and profit shifting.
Statement on the 2014–15 Federal Budget
13 May 2014
The budget is a solid start to putting the fiscal strategy back on track, but there is much more work to do.
Statement on the Commission of Audit Report
1 May 2014
The report is a blunt reminder that the task ahead is difficult, and it is now up to government to develop a long-term, strategic framework.
Temporary Levy Not the Way to Tackle Fiscal Deficit
28 April 2014
Temporary tax increases are no substitute for reforms needed to bring spending back under control and put budget onto a more sustainable footing.
Senate Should Repeal Mining Tax
18 March 2014
BCA, ACCI and Minerals Council of Australia joint statement calling on the Senate to vote this week to repeal the Minerals Resource Rent Tax.
BCA 2014–15 Budget Submission: Growth Shouldn’t Wait
24 February 2014
A strategy to repair the budget and grow the economy through correcting expenditure, strengthening the revenue base, and strong economic reform.
Why Budget Discipline Matters: Article in the Daily Telegraph
18 February 2014
Article by Jennifer Westacott in the Daily Telegraph highlights why fiscal discipline and a strong budget position matters to long-term economic growth.
Response to Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook
17 December 2013
Response by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.
Clearing the Tax Backlog a Boost for Business Certainty
6 November 2013
The federal government’s plans to deal with the backlog of 92 unlegislated tax and superannuation measures should boost business certainty and confidence.
Repeal of Mining Tax Should Be Supported
24 October 2013
The parliament should accept the strong mandate the community has given to the government to abolish the mining tax, BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott says.
Statement from Jennifer Westacott on the Commission of Audit
22 October 2013
The Commission of Audit is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring about budgetary and economic reform.
Election Provides a Mandate for Growth Policies
8 September 2013
Statement from BCA President Tony Shepherd in response to the 2013 federal election.
Article on Economic Challenges by Tony Shepherd in The Australian
30 August 2013
Political attention should focus on the challenge of budget and fiscal reform and how to keep our economy growing, writes Tony Shepherd in The Australian.
Article on Tax Reform by Toby Hall and Jennifer Westacott in The Age
26 August 2013
If political parties were being honest, they would explain the structural problems with the current tax system that make careful and comprehensive reform essential.
Pledge to Lower Company Tax a Boost for Confidence, Jobs
7 August 2013
The Coalition’s pledge to cut the company tax rate to 28.5 per cent is an important signal for confidence, investment and jobs.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Fourth Column in The Australian
5 August 2013
Jennifer Westacott writes about the importance of economic growth as part of a series discussing the BCA Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
Response to Federal Government Economic Statement
2 August 2013
A credible fiscal strategy requires a concerted effort to fundamentally change the cost structure of government spending.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Jennifer Westacott’s AFR Article
31 July 2013
The BCA action plan aims to encourage discussion and action on long-term social and economic goals for Australia, Jennifer Westacott explains in the AFR.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Daily Telegraph Article
31 July 2013
To lock in prosperity and living standards, Australia needs a coherent plan, BCA President Tony Shepherd writes in The Daily Telegraph.
BCA Releases an Action Plan for a Stronger Economy
31 July 2013
Australia is at a crossroads and need a comprehensive road map for the actions and changes required is needed to seize our opportunities and avoid our nation slipping back.
Statement on the Prime Minister’s Press Club Speech
11 July 2013
Achievement of the Prime Minister’s goals requires a plan and action in the critical areas including tax, regulation, infrastructure and energy policy.
Statement on Meeting with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
2 July 2013
Statement from Business Council of Australia President Tony Shepherd following his meeting with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Rudd Government Priority: Support Confidence and Growth
27 June 2013
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd must lead decisive action early to restore business and consumer confidence.
Response to the 2013–14 Federal Budget
14 May 2013
The budget makes plain how much effort and leadership will be needed to get fiscal policy back on a sustainable footing.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Second Column in The Australian
13 May 2013
Second in a series of columns by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott exploring the Business Council of Australia’s Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
Taxes Won’t Fix Budget Woes: Article by Jennifer Westacott
1 May 2013
Article by Jennifer Westacott in The Australian discussing three ways to restore the integrity of budget management.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: First Column in The Australian
20 April 2013
First in a series of columns by Jennifer Westacott in The Australian discussing the Business Council of Australia’s Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
Economic Action Plan for Australia: Speech by BCA President Tony Shepherd
17 April 2013
We need to focus on making Australia ready for the future.
Time to Budget for the Future: Article by Jennifer Westacott in the AFR
6 March 2013
We need a budget for the next decade, not one just designed to win the next election, Jennifer Westacott writes in The Australian Financial Review.
Time Running Out to Get the Budget Back on Track
6 March 2013
The government’s execution of its fiscal strategy is not working and needs a major rethink and urgent action, BCA 2013–14 Budget Submission argues.
Good Governance Must Continue through Long Campaign
30 January 2013
The Prime Minister’s announcement that she plans to go to the polls on 14 September doesn’t reduce the importance of the government staying focused on delivering policies for long-term growth and jobs, not just on winning an election later in the year.
Budget Conditions Call for a Stronger Medium-Term Strategy
20 December 2012
The announcement by the government that it will not achieve a budget surplus in 2012–13 is a realistic reading of the economic and fiscal situation.
Response to the Draft Report of the Business Tax Working Group
24 October 2012
What remains important is that the government commits to the goal of a 25 per cent company tax rate as part of a comprehensive, decade-long tax reform process and as fiscal circumstances permit.
Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook Reinforces Need for a Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy
22 October 2012
Achieving a surplus is a worthy goal, but it must be a surplus that reflects a continuing strong focus on growth and competitiveness and be based on a credible, medium-term strategy.
Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook Priority Must Be Growth, Not Surplus at Any Cost
21 October 2012
The government should focus in its forthcoming Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook on growth and outlining a credible fiscal strategy.
A Lower Business Tax Burden Still a Priority for Growth
28 September 2012
Tax reform should be revisited for a more strategic approach to the role tax can play for a stronger economy.
Health and Education Not Exempt from Cuts
24 September 2012
We’ve not had the checks and balances to ensure the public sector doesn’t grow beyond our capacity to afford it, writes Tony Shepherd in The Daily Telegraph.
A Servant to Short-Termism
21 September 2012
Edited extract of speech by Jennifer Westacott to the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
GST Distribution an Important Step in Tax Reform
4 September 2012
Calls by state governments to distribute GST revenue according to population share is the best way to fix a system in desperate need of reform.
Time is Right to Give the Social Safety Net a Health Check
27 June 2012
Entrenching people into poverty by expecting them to live on around $35 a day is not acceptable and only makes it more difficult for them to find work.
Address by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the Prime Minister’s Economic Forum
13 June 2012
Responds to comments made by the Prime Minister on the need to lift Australia’s productivity as a key to ensuring a more competitive, resilient economy.
Budget a Start but a Comprehensive Strategy Must Follow
8 May 2012
The Budget has taken some steps to strengthen Australia’s economy and fiscal foundations but has not fully grasped the opportunity to set a clear direction for the future that will build business and community confidence.
Change of Policy Must Benefit All Businesses
27 March 2012
The current debate in Canberra about which sector of Australian business, large or small, most needs or deserves a tax cut is dangerously misleading.
Business Tax Cut Debate Highlights the Pitfalls of Policy on the Run
14 March 2012
What is needed is a debate about what is the right tax system to keep Australia competitive in a challenging global economy.
Business Welcomes Coalition Audit Commitment
9 March 2012
The announcement that an incoming Coalition government would establish a commission of audit to review the scope and size of government is an important and welcome initiative.
Statement by President Tony Shepherd on the ALP Leadership Ballot Outcome
27 February 2012
The ballot outcome must be a catalyst for more focused government and a renewed commitment to make Australia more competitive and productive.
New South Wales Audit Report Vital for Public Sector Reform
22 February 2012
The New South Wales Commission of Audit’s interim report provides a timely reminder of the importance of regularly reviewing public sector performance.
Long-Term Discipline and a Focus on Growth Must Drive Budget
20 February 2012
Proposes a set of new fiscal rules for the federal Budget.
Tough Decisions Pay off in the Long Term
15 February 2012
We are all players on the same team when it comes to keeping our economy strong, so we can all share the wealth that is generated.
We Need to Talk about Refurbishing All Our Safety Nets
23 January 2012
In looking at the adequacy of the Newstart Allowance, we need to look at reform that will afford Australia true wealth in terms of a sustainable, meaningful social safety net.
Statement by BCA President Tony Shepherd on the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook
29 November 2011
The announcement by the federal government of a fiscal strategy that returns the budget to surplus in 2012–13 is the right economic policy for the times.
Minerals Resource Rent Tax an Improvement but Not a Template for Tax Reform
23 November 2011
Although a marked improvement on the Resource Super Profits Tax, the tax falls well short of the principles of good tax design the Business Council of Australia has previously articulated.
Opportunity Must Not Be Lost to Prepare for the Future
5 October 2011
Some welcome and important first steps have been taken at the national tax forum but we are a long way short of a 10-year plan to overhaul the tax system and improve the efficiency of government spending.
BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott’s Address to the Australian Government 2011 Tax Forum
4 October 2011
Opening Remarks by Jennifer Westacott to the Business Tax Session of the Australian Government 2011 Tax Forum.
Major Tax Reform Needed to Avoid an Unfolding Fiscal Crisis
30 September 2011
A call for Australia’s governments to agree to a 10-year overhaul of the tax system.
Long Way to Go on Crucial Tax Reform
20 July 2011
It is important not to confuse climate change policy with tax reform, argues Robert Milliner.
Beyond Tomorrow: Speech by BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott to the Committee for Sydney
14 July 2011
Australia’s fate is linked to Sydney’s, and to the success of our largest businesses.
Commonwealth Business Forum 2011
27 June 2011
Partnering for Global Growth: The Commonwealth, Indian Ocean and the Pacific Rim: Perth, 25–27 October.
We Need to Have Faith in the Government’s Sums
30 May 2011
The challenge for the government is to build community support for the comprehensive reforms needed to secure Australia’s long-term prosperity.
Budget Shows What Is Needed to Build a Stronger Future
10 May 2011
The federal government has taken some necessary steps in the 2011–12 Budget to support productivity and to ensure the nation’s finances are sustainable over the medium term.
Tax Forum: Additional Comments
21 March 2011
The proposal to build the tax forum around six sessions corresponding to the main chapters from the Henry review is sensible, extends across areas of considerable interest to the BCA and is supported.
Tax Forum a Chance to Make a Compelling Case for Reform
20 March 2011
Statement by Business Council of Australia Acting Chief Executive Maria Tarrant.
Finding a Budget Balance Will Restore Community Confidence and Help Take Pressure off Interest Rates
13 February 2011
BCA 2011–12 Budget Submission.
Thorough Consultation a Reform Recipe to Repeat
22 December 2010
The release of the reports by the Policy Transition Group on the proposed resource taxation reforms are an important basis for detailed consideration and ongoing consultation.
The Need for Ongoing Tax Reform a Key Legacy of Dr Henry
21 December 2010
Dr Ken Henry has been one of Australia’s foremost public servants in a department that is at the heart of the key economic policy debates before the nation.
Address by BCA President Graham Bradley to the ANU Crawford School of Economics and Government LAFIA Alumni Dinner
23 September 2010
A smart country doesn’t wait for a crisis to act resolutely.
BCA Says Time to Get on with the Job
21 September 2010
The Council of Australian Governments has become weighed down by an overloaded agenda and a complex set of processes and agreements.
Seizing the Opportunity of Common Ground: Speech by BCA President Graham Bradley to the National Press Club
15 September 2010
An outline of five priorities for the new federal government.
Getting on with Common-Ground Priorities
15 September 2010
Speech by BCA President Graham Bradley to the National Press Club recommending five priority actions for the new federal government.
Good Management the Key to Incoming Government’s Success
7 September 2010
Australians expect a new style of leadership that finds and builds common ground on the long-term direction of the country.
Election Policies Should Respect Australians’ Appetite for Reform
17 July 2010
The BCA has challenged the major political parties to deliver policies targeting both economic success and community prosperity.
A Welcome Recipe for Community Prosperity
15 July 2010
The BCA welcomes the focus on productivity and growth in the Prime Minister’s address to the National Press Club today.
Mining Tax Changes Welcome, But Process Far From Ideal
2 July 2010
The Prime Minister’s announcement today goes some way to alleviating those concerns and the proposed arrangements represent an improvement on the initial scheme.
Policy Benchmarks for the 2010 Federal Election
24 June 2010
A call for new style of policy leadership.
Scrap RSPT and Start Again from Ground Up
21 June 2010
The BCA, representing all industry sectors, calls on the government to instigate the appropriate reform process in developing its approach to resource taxation, writes Graham Bradley in The Australian Financial Review.
Policy for the 2010 Federal Election: Speech by BCA President Graham Bradley to the National Press Club
4 June 2010
Speech titled ‘Policy That Counts for the 2010 Federal Election and Beyond’, delivered to the National Press Club by BCA President Graham Bradley.
Henry Taxation Review and the Resource Super Profits Tax
2 June 2010
Statement by Robert Milliner, Chair of the BCA Business Reform Task Force.
Return to Surplus - But What Is the Risk?
11 May 2010
This Budget sees a sooner-than-expected return to surplus and the government meeting its own fiscal rules, but it introduces a huge question mark over future growth.
Radical Reform Changes Game
6 May 2010
The resource super profits tax is truly radical, and raises issues which need to addressed, writes Katie Lahey in The Australian Financial Review.
Bold Leadership on Tax Will Realise Our Potential
2 May 2010
The Henry review into Australia’s Future Tax System makes an historic and significant contribution to the economic reform debate in Australia.
Australia Needs a Principled Response to Henry Tax Reform
25 March 2010
Five ways to seize this once-in-a-generation economic opportunity.
Raise the GST, and Cut Personal and Company Tax to Support Growth
18 March 2010
A switch in the tax mix to reduce personal income and company taxes and make greater use of the GST will encourage investment and offer greater incentives to working Australians writes Katie Lahey in The Australian.
Recovery Road Map Requires Balance, Commitment and Leadership
14 February 2010
Five fiscal and policy priorities for the 2010 Budget and beyond.
Future Challenges of Productivity a Task We All Share
2 February 2010
Economic growth is the best way to address the budgetary and demographic challenges of the future.
Two Per Cent Target Needs a 100 Per Cent Reform Focus
19 January 2010
A comprehensive and long-lasting reform program will be needed to meet the Prime Minister’s new target of two per cent annual productivity growth.
Lower Corporate Tax Gives the Biggest Bang for Our Tax Reform Buck
23 December 2009
All Australians stand to gain from tax reform which lowers the corporate tax rate.
COAG Must Deliver on Reforms
7 December 2009
Today’s Council of Australian Governments meeting underlines the need for continued urgency in delivering reforms to strengthen the Australian economy.
Community Will Benefit from Reshaping Our Tax System
31 July 2009
All Australians stand to gain from bold tax reform that includes lower business tax.
Strong Support For Share Plans a Plus For Productivity
1 July 2009
The BCA welcomes the release of the federal
government’s revised policy on the tax treatment of employee share plans.
Greig Gailey talks to Business Spectator
17 June 2009
Greig Gailey’s discusses tax reform, the Budget and the state of corporate Australia.
Bold Tax Reform the Key to Unlock our Growth Potential
14 June 2009
The BCA submission to the Henry tax review sets out options for tax reform that will better support economic growth in the years ahead.
Tax Refund Email Scam
11 June 2009
The Australian Taxation Office has issued an urgent warning regarding a tax refund email scam. Recipients of these emails should refer to the ATO warning.
BCA Welcomes Opposition’s Pro-Transparency Budget Plans
15 May 2009
The pro-transparency measures outlined in last night’s federal Opposition Budget reply could play an important role in ensuring better budget management.
Prepare to Share Pain
14 May 2009
The government must tighten its belt and let the private sector grow, urges Greig Gailey in The Australian.
Deficit-Watch Must Become A 365-Day-A-Year Challenge
12 May 2009
The 2009 Budget takes important steps toward repositioning Australia for strong and sustainable growth, BCA Chief Executive Katie Lahey says.
Speech by BCA President Greig Gailey to the Committee for Economic Development Australia
1 April 2009
This speech, titled ‘Looking Past the Downturn’, calls for medium-term spending discipline in the federal budget and for reforms to boost productivity, competitiveness and workforce participation.
Speech by BCA President Greig Gailey to the Australian Workers Union National Conference
3 February 2009
What policies are needed to support economic revival and resilience in the face of the global economic slowdown?
States Can’t Let Feds Carry All the Economic Load
30 January 2009
Taxation and spending policies should align between state and federal governments, writes Greig Gailey in The Age.
Global Downturn a New Challenge for Our Federation
30 January 2009
The current economic downturn demands a coordinated response by all levels of government.
COAG Agreement Provides Accountability and Leadership
29 November 2008
The BCA congratulates the COAG partners for reshaping federal–state finances in ways that can improve the accountability and efficiency of government services and make it easier for businesses to invest and grow.
COAG Meeting an Opportunity for Economic Growth
28 November 2008
This weekend’s COAG meeting is an opportunity for Australia’s governments to show businesses that the economy is moving forward, says BCA president Greig Gailey.
BCA: $10 Billion Package Is Well-Timed, Well-Targeted and Temporary
14 October 2008
The BCA congratulates the federal government for providing a package that will build confidence in the Australian economy.
COAG Leaders Must Keep Stepping Up
2 October 2008
Australia’s federal and state leaders today demonstrated they are prepared to keep working collaboratively to deliver important national reforms, BCA Chief Executive Katie Lahey said.
Australia’s Place in the World: Speech to the International House Melbourne University Winter Dinner
14 August 2008
Speech by John W.H. Denton to the International House Melbourne University Winter Dinner
COAG Action Can Deliver 2020 Vision
2 July 2008
BCA President Greig Gailey has written an open letter to the Council of Australian Governments regarding the importance of tomorrow’s meeting to progress the national reform agenda.
Holistic Review Is the Holy Grail
30 June 2008
Australia needs a thorough analysis of taxation’s role in the economy, writes Robert Milliner in The Australian Financial Review.
Lopping the Tax Review Cuts Opportunity
26 June 2008
Limiting the scope of the federal government’s tax reform process reduces opportunities for Australia.
Boldness Will Put Us on Top by 2012
16 May 2008
Everything should be on the table when it comes to tax reform, urges Greig Gailey in The Australian.
Solid First Budget Makes Down Payment on Prosperity
13 May 2008
Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan’s first budget has made significant progress towards realigning fiscal policy with the needs of a capacity-constrained economy.
BCA Welcomes Details of a Review of Australia’s Tax System
12 May 2008
The BCA welcomes the commitment by the Treasurer to a comprehensive review of the taxation system.
Bold New Vision Needed to Frame 2020 Summit Potential
7 April 2008
BCA President Greig Gailey has challenged the Australia 2020 Summit to be the catalyst for articulating a new bold, collective vision for the nation.
Essential Reform That Time Forgot
19 March 2008
From a business perspective, Australia is not one market, it is nine, Greig Gailey writes in The Australian Financial Review.
Address to the Business Council of Australia by Treasurer Wayne Swan
26 February 2008
Treasurer Wayne Swan discusses the economic challenges and opportunities Australia faces in a speech titled ‘A Modern Platform for Business’.
Budget Gives the Government a Golden Opportunity to Reform Fiscal Policy
25 February 2008
Given the outlook for inflation, strong discipline is needed now, writes Greig Gailey in The Age.
It’s a Different Economy, Stupid
25 February 2008
We need to re-think federal budgets to avoid frittering away our prosperity, argues Greig Gailey in The Australian.
Opportunity for Australia to Budget for Future Prosperity
24 February 2008
Major fiscal reforms in the 2008–09 federal Budget are required to pave the way for greater future prosperity.
Goodwill Is Positive, but Action Is the Real Test
20 December 2007
The goodwill demonstrated by COAG in support of national reforms must be translated into action, the BCA argues.
First Step for COAG Must Be a Charter for New Federalism
18 December 2007
Federal, state and territory leaders must agree to a Charter for New Federalism.
A Call to Leadership on the Doha Round
11 December 2007
Business groups worldwide unite to push for the conclusion of an ambitious and balanced outcome to the Doha Round of trade negotiations.
Unwieldy System Must Go
29 November 2007
Op-ed by Tim Cox, PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Partner, on the need to reform business tax, as published in The Australian Financial Review, 29 November 2007.
Stakes Too High To Turn Back
27 November 2007
We need to embrace a new round of economic reform, writes Greig Gailey in The Australian.
2007 Election Outcome: Time to Ensure Australia’s Future Prosperity
25 November 2007
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the commitment of the new federal government to make economic prosperity for all Australians its primary goal for the coming term.
Election Must Be a Catalyst for Long-Term Reform Focus
14 October 2007
The BCA has challenged the major political parties to focus on policies needed to secure Australia’s long-term economic future, after Prime Minister John Howard today announced a general election for 24 November.
As Business Fills Canberra’s Coffers, We Need to Move on Tax Reforms
24 August 2007
Despite Treasury indicators of a strong economy, this is no time for complacency on tax reform, Katie Lahey argues.
Strategic Tax Vision Still Missing from Federal Budget
8 May 2007
The federal Budget outlined important spending measures to support key areas of economic reform, but again falls short of outlining a plan for strategic tax reform,
particularly in addressing Australia’s growing business tax burden.
Next Election Vital for Future Prosperity
18 April 2007
Lifting living standards is the goal of the reform agenda, op-ed outlines.
The Vote to Secure our Fiscal Future
18 April 2007
Sound reform, not petty politics, will sustain our prosperity, says Michael Chaney.
The Tax Attack: Governments Hit Companies
10 April 2007
There is a compelling case for a major rethink of Australia’s business taxation system, Katie Lahey writes.
Time to Review the Dead Weight of Australia’s Business Taxes
9 April 2007
A new report on business taxation in Australia has found that the country’s business sector is being increasingly weighed down by a tax system which is inefficient, overly complex and levies too many taxes for little return.
2007 Intergenerational Report Highlights the Need for Long-Term Reform Planning
2 April 2007
Business today welcomed the release of the federal government’s 2007 Intergenerational Report, saying the report showed the importance of strategic policy action in tackling the challenges of an ageing population.
BCA Budget Submission Outlines ‘Top Five’ Economy Target for Australia by 2012
6 February 2007
The BCA is calling on the federal government to commit to real improvements in federal–state relations, as well as reversing Australia’s declining business tax competitiveness, as major reform priorities for 2007.
Tax Burden’s a Barrier to Competition
16 December 2006
Business tax reform is central to economic competitiveness, Katie Lahey argues.
New Research Reinforces the Need for Major Tax Reform
10 December 2006
Urgent reform is needed to avoid Australia’s corporate tax burden climbing to levels not seen since business taxes were cut following the Ralph Review in 1999.
BCA Welcomes Boost to Australia’s Tax Competitiveness
6 December 2006
Changes to Capital Gains Tax rules for non-resident investors which bring Australia into line with international practice.
Tax System Reforms Will Help Growth
17 November 2006
Our system of taxation for businesses and individuals is not sustainable and must be reformed, writes Richard Humphry.
Tax in Need of Change
17 November 2006
Business Council of Australia Renews Calls for Economic Reform
3 October 2005
The Business Council of Australia has renewed its calls for further economic reform to promote ongoing growth and prosperity in Australia.
Federal–State Relations at a Crossroads Says BCA
28 October 2006
The BCA has launched a 12-point plan for reform of Australia's federal–state relations.
Focus on Big Picture
3 August 2006
The interest rates rise should be a timely reminder to cast ahead to the longer term and consider the challenges Australia faces to sustain strong economic growth in the years ahead.
Reform Must Anticipate Change, Not React To It
12 May 2006
Federal Budget: A Good Start to Tax Reform
9 May 2006
The BCA welcomed initiatives to enhance the competitiveness of Australia’s tax system in this year’s federal Budget, but more attention should have been focused on long-term structural reform to lock in current economic growth.
Keeping a Permanent Watch on Australia's Tax System
5 May 2006
Tax Reform Always Work in Progress
5 May 2006
Australia's Inevitable Reforms
2 May 2006
Tax Reform Key to Our Future Growth
28 April 2006
Complex Tax System Needs Modernising
26 April 2006
Bad or outmoded tax policy spreads its way through the economy like a worm in an apple.
Tax Competitiveness Report the Start of Reform, Not the End of Debate
12 April 2006
The report into Australia’s tax competitiveness confirmed that key areas of Australia’s tax system are not competitive and need immediate reform.
2006 Strategy Forum Sets BCA Focus For Next 12 Months
5 April 2006
The annual strategy forum of the Business Council has recommitted to pursuing its ‘four reform steps’ agenda, with emphasis over the next 12 months on making sure reform commitments made by governments over the past year are implemented in a timely way.
Australia’s Tax System Must Be Put under ‘Permanent Watch’
30 March 2006
Australia’s tax system needs to be put under ‘permanent watch’ to make sure it remains internationally competitive.
The Need for Corporate Tax Review Is Urgent
Taxation rates and structures play a fundamental role in providing the right environment for businesses to operate effectively and efficiently, improve productivity and take advantage of market opportunities in an increasingly competitive world.
Australia’s Prosperity Rides on Tax Revamp
28 February 2006
We need faster, better ways to review and improve the tax system before it becomes a barrier to competitiveness and growth, writes Katie Lahey in The Age.
BCA Welcomes Tax Review
26 February 2006
The government review into the competitiveness of Australia’s tax system is recognition of the centrality of tax to the country’s future prosperity.
Improvements to Tax System Welcome: BCA
16 February 2006
The introduction of measures to relieve the tax burden on skilled temporary residents is welcome.
COAG: Standing Still Is Not an Option
10 February 2006
We can choose to lock in Australia’s prosperity or we can allow the economy to stand still and be overtaken by our competitors, writes Michael Chaney in The Age.
COAG Delivers Platform for Future Growth
10 February 2006
COAG has today achieved some important breakthroughs for reform that should provide the platform for ongoing prosperity.
Shooting Messenger on Budget Accuracy
8 February 2006
Forecasting national economic outcomes is not an easy task but it can be done better, with less conservatism, Michael Chaney writes in The Australian Financial Review.
Letter to COAG from the BCA Board
8 February 2006
Letter to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) from the Board of the Business Council of Australia.
We Must Act Now on Tax Reform: Excerpt from BCA Budget Submission 2006–07
30 January 2006
A fundamental shift in tax policy is needed to lift Australia beyond its currently slowing growth curve.
2006: Year for Reform Action
29 January 2006
If little progress is made in 2006, it will be several years before the opportunity to progress major reform arises again, BCA submission argues.
Prosperity Depends on Further Reform
23 January 2006
The year 2006 should be remembered as a unique chance for real reform that was fully grasped, not a golden opportunity squandered.
The Great Tax Debate: How Should the Government Spend Our Surplus?
15 January 2006
Australia can do nothing, or it can face the future and our competitors with confidence, writes Katie Lahey in The Sunday Herald Sun.
Reinvest Surplus in Tax Reform
15 December 2005
The upward revisions to the Budget surplus figures released today as part of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook again underscored the capacity for fundamental tax reform in next year’s federal Budget, the Business Council said today.
BCA Newspaper Ads Warn of Low-Growth Future Without Further Reform
20 November 2005
Advertisements placed by the Business Council of Australia calling for further economic reform to lock-in prosperity will appear in major metropolitan and regional newspapers throughout Australia tomorrow.
Second BCA TV Ad Goes to Air
6 November 2005
The second of the BCA’s ‘Four Reform Steps’ television advertisements has gone to air on stations around Australia today.
BCA Reform Advertisements Go to Air Around Australia: ‘Economic Reform Vital For Australia’s Future’
30 October 2005
The Business Council of Australia will begin running this evening the first of a series of advertisements throughout Australia explaining why economic reform is vital for Australia’s future.
BCA Global Survey Finds Australia’s Company Tax Burden Too High
17 October 2005
Australia’s corporate tax regime was quickly becoming uncompetitive and would act as a brake on economic growth if it was not brought into line with its competitors, according to the new report released by the Business Council today.
Strong Budget Result Continues to Extract Heavy Burden From Corporate Australia
23 September 2005
Another stronger than expected result in the Final Budget Outcome showed again the significant and growing contribution of corporate Australia to the government’s coffers, the BCA said today.
Complacency Will Cost Us Dearly
15 August 2005
Doing nothing risks letting our hard-earned prosperity slip away, writes Hugh Morgan in The Australian Financial Review.
COAG Needs Well-Defined Process for Key Reforms
26 July 2005
Business Backs Extended Parliamentary Terms
27 June 2005
Four-year parliamentary terms would be good for government and business decision making and should be supported, the BCA said today.
Australia Must Run Harder Than its Competitors
16 June 2005
Australia Needs a More Dynamic COAG Process
6 June 2005
A series of committees established by COAG last week should have tighter reporting timelines and be subject to greater transparency in order to achieve the reform outcomes that are needed to lock in prosperity.
Threshold Adjustment Only a Beginning
12 May 2005
With ‘Election’ Budget Out of the Way, Focus Can Now Switch to Serious Reform
10 May 2005
The BCA today welcomed the federal Budget which contained a number of important initiatives and measures to address short-term priorities but has also cleared the way to continue with a comprehensive economic reform program.
Governments Must Target Tax System for Fundamental Reform
11 April 2005
Business today called for a broad review of fundamental aspects of the tax system that pose major threats to Australia’s future prosperity while proposing a series of reforms to address immediate problem areas.
Business Leaders Urge Plan of Action for Future Growth
6 February 2005
Business leaders today called for an action plan for the economy focused on productivity improvements, saying Australia’s strength and resilience as an economy were likely to erode if major reforms were not started quickly.
Sustainable Growth at Risk Through Excessive Short-Termism
21 October 2004
The Business Council of Australia has called on federal and state governments and the private sector to consider a range of measures to counteract excessive short-termism in Australia.
Statement on the Federal Election
10 October 2004
The Business Council of Australia congratulated the Coalition on its re-election to government.
Corporate Tax Bounty Should Not Be Taken For Granted
10 September 2004
Australia’s corporate sector said that the strong figures released today as part of the Charter of Budget Honesty were substantially a result of the contribution made by Australia’s corporations and should not be taken for granted.
ALP Tax Changes Contribute to Workforce Participation
7 September 2004
The Business Council of Australia said the release of Labor’s tax policy was a contribution to tax reform but more was needed to make Australia’s personal taxation system more efficient.
BCA Analysis of Minor Parties’ Business and Economic Policies
2 September 2004
The Business Council of Australia today released an analysis of the implications for business and the wider economy of the forthcoming Senate election.
Federal Election 2004
29 August 2004
Australia’s peak business group welcomed the announcement today of a federal election for 9 October.
Progress on Tax Competitiveness
16 June 2004
The Business Council of Australia has welcomed ALP and Democrat support for a bill that will improve Australia’s commercial competitiveness in the global economy.
Corporate Taxes Pay For Family-Friendly Budget
11 May 2004
Australia’s corporate sector said personal tax cuts and family spending outlined in tonight’s federal Budget were a welcome boost for ordinary Australians but attention should now be directed to Australia’s corporate tax system.
Scenarios for Australia’s Next 20 Years
15 March 2004
The Business Council of Australia has launched the results of a major scenario project, drawing upon the expertise and views of leading thinkers as well as young people to examine key challenges and opportunities for Australia over the next 20 years.
Tax Reform Should Remain Centre Stage Says BCA
15 January 2004
The Business Council of Australia said that reform of Australia’s taxation system should remain centre stage for 2004.
Take Senate Reform Further Says BCA Submission
11 January 2004
The Business Council of Australia has supported constitutional changes to resolve Senate deadlocks and provide greater legislative certainty as part of its submission on Senate reform released today.
Australia Loses Competitive Opportunity
8 December 2003
The Business Council of Australia said it was disappointed with the government’s decision today to withdraw proposed legislation removing tax measures that hamper the flow of skilled labour into Australia.
Business Welcomes Senate Debate
8 October 2003
The Business Council of Australia said today it strongly supports reform of the Senate and efforts to engage the wider community in this debate.
Surplus Should Prompt International Tax Rethink
1 October 2003
The greater-than-expected budget surplus removed all limitations for federal Parliament in passing legislation which will reform Australia’s international tax regime, the Business Council of Australia said today.
BCA Call for Balance in Senate Debate
9 June 2003
The Business Council of Australia said today it supported the proposed review of the Senate and called on all parties to debate the issue objectively.
BCA and CTA Welcome International Tax Reform
14 May 2003
The Business Council of Australia and the Corporate Tax Association welcome the Budget announcements on international tax reform.
BCA Endorses Higher Education and Tax Reform
13 May 2003
The Business Council of Australia has welcomed the federal government’s Budget, particularly steps to improve Australia’s higher education sector and international taxation regime.
Business Looking to University and International Tax Reform in Federal Budget
8 May 2003
Australia’s corporate sector said today it was looking forward to significant reforms to international tax arrangements and higher education as part of the federal Budget handed down next week.
Australia’s Economy: Performance and Challenges
11 April 2003
Speech by Melinda Cilento, Chief Economist, Business Council of Australia to the National Institute of Accountants Conference, Melbourne.
International Taxation System Retarding Growth
11 November 2002
Australia’s international taxation system is retarding its ability to participate fully in the international economy.
7 May 2002
News reports claiming the BCA has called for a radical overhaul of the tax system are wrong.
Australia Can Outperform Top Tier of Nations
5 March 2002
If Australia is to improve its living standards and move up the ladder of Premier League nations the economy must grow at an average of 4 per cent a year for the next decade.
BCA Welcomes Consolidated Tax Regime Legislation
7 February 2002
The regime represents a major change in taxation with the potential to better align the tax system with commercial reality.
Business Council of Australia releases International Tax Discussion Paper
17 December 2001
The Business Council of Australia today released a major discussion paper on Australia’s international tax regime.
New South Wales State Budget Response: BCA
29 May 2001
The Executive Director of the Business Council of Australia, Mr David Buckingham, today released the following statement on the New South Wales State Budget.
BCA: Statement on the Federal Budget
22 May 2001
The President of the Business Council of Australia, Dr John Schubert, tonight released the following statement in response to the federal Budget.
BCA Statement on Welfare Reform
14 December 2000
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the federal government’s statement on welfare reform.
BCA Welcomes CPI Outcome
25 October 2000
Mr David Buckingham, Executive Director of the Business Council of Australia, welcomed today’s CPI outcome saying that containing this quarter’s price increase to 3.7 per cent was a very good outcome for the economy.
Call to Improve Taxation of Offshore Income
7 September 2000
The Business Council of Australia today called for an accelerated consideration of tax changes to improve the competitiveness of Australian-based companies and facilitate greater integration of Australian companies into the global economy.
New Tax Task Force Chairman to lead the Business Council’s Continued Emphasis on Taxation Reform
28 August 2000
Mr Campbell Anderson, President of the BCA today announced that Mr Christopher Knoblanche, Chief Executive Officer and Regional Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen Australasia would be the new Chairman of the Business Council’s Tax Task Force.
Time to Press Ahead on Option 2: BCA
8 August 2000
The Business Council of Australia today welcomed the Treasurer’s commitment to the adoption of the Tax Value Method (Option 2), and urged that its introduction not be unduly delayed by the removal of the July 1, 2001, deadline.
Tax Reform: A Much-Needed Investment for the Future
26 June 2000
Mr Campbell Anderson, President of the Business Council of Australia, today urged Australians to keep their sights on the fundamental benefits of the reforms to our taxation system...
BCA Welcomes Comments On Tax Option Two
2 June 2000
The Business Council of Australia has welcomed confirmation in Parliament yesterday by the Treasurer, Mr Costello, that the government had an in-principle commitment to a July 1, 2001, start-up for the Tax Value Method.
Doing nothing will see ordinary Australians paying higher taxes
30 May 2018
On average, over the next decade people will pay extra tax of more than $3,000 (in today’s terms) without serious action to address bracket creep, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said today.
Response to the Federal Budget 2015-16
13 May 2015
Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott responds to the 2015-16 Federal Budget.
BCA - Submission to 2015-16 Budget
2 March 2015
The pressures on the Australian Budget have been a decade in the making and will worsen without a sustained effort over 10 years to put Australia back on track.