The paper I co-wrote with Dr. David Prentice on “A Conceptual Framework for the Reform of Taxes Related to Roads and Transport” for Australia’s Future Tax System Review was released today. Comments are welcome.
Update: I have done 12 radio and one TV interviews since yesterday. Obviously the major concerns in the media are traveller privacy issues associated with using telematics – these are largely irrelevant since telematic devices in vehicles can be constructed to transmit information about bills not about where journeys are undertaken. Another issue is the view we are proposing a tax hike. We are not. The proposals are suggestions for replacing inefficient taxes with more user-pays oriented efficient taxes. Some very ill-informed comments were made here. And here – if anything under the proposal truckies will pay less. With respect to the fuel excise we do not have strong views. It is a reasonably efficient revenue gainer but very poor at doing the sorts of things we are mainly interested in – internalising congestion and road damage costs. Revenue neutral user-charge reforms might involve cutting this excise but they might also be directed toward cutting registration and other fixed charges.
Update: The report has been discussed widely in the print media and on radio. The single spot of TV coverage was on Channel 7 Sydney’s Today Tonight – the report was a fabrication and a misrepresentation about which I am taking action. Apart from this our report got fair treatment. For example:
A bit of fun with Neil Mitchell on 3AW Melbourne.
With Meredith Griffiths on AM.
- Channel 7 (Melbourne) Today Tonight, August 13 2009
- 5AA (Adelaide), August 13 2009
- 6PR (Perth), August 13 2009
- ABC NewsRadio (Sydney), August 13 2009
- ABC 666 Canberra (Canberra), August 13 2009
- ABC North Queensland (Townsville), August 13 2009
- ABC Darwin (Darwin), August 13 2009
… on Monday with Radio National’s Paul Barclay talking about “Road User Pays”. That is here.
Printed media exposure:
- Canberra Times, August 14 2009 – Harry Clarke and David Prentice [PDF 73KB]
- Age, August 14 2009 – Harry Clarke and David Prentice [PDF 71KB]
- Sydney Morning Herald, August 14 2009 – Harry Clarke and David Prentice [PDF 78KB]
- Newcastle Herald, August 14 2009 – Harry Clarke and David Prentice [PDF 82KB]
- Daily Advertiser, August 14 2009 – Harry Clarke and David Prentice [PDF 66KB]
- MX Brisbane, August 13 2009 – Harry Clarke and David Prentice [PDF 80KB]
- Most importantly Australian Financial Review, August 13 2009 – Harry Clarke and David Prentice [Paid registration required]