UnitingJustice Australia made a submission to the Treasury conversation about better tax, responding to “Re:think”, the Tax Discussion Paper. The Uniting Church believes that taxation is a profoundly moral matter. It is the primary means for ensuring the equitable distribution of wealth and the raising of public money, our ‘common wealth’, in order that we may ensure that the basic needs of people in society are met. We recommend that equity be the first priority for our tax system, that taxes be increased rather than decreased, and that significant measures to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change will ensure the survival and flourishing of future generations.
UnitingJustice offers its full support for the Packaging Impacts Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement. The plan offers considered solutions to the problem of packaging waste, which has been one of the most persistent environmental problems Australians face.
In its submission to the inquiry into the Mineral Resource Rent Tax Bills 2011, UnitingJustice recommended an increased tax on mining corporations, and more consideration of the rights of Indigenous Australians which it does not believe are being adequately recognised or safeguarded through this legislation.