Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe is a BusinessDay contributing editor. He comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Reform brawling should force states' land tax hand

Michael Pascoe How brawling, blaming and buck passing might end up driving decent tax reform.

GST reform dead, land tax alive

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Michael Pascoe Broadening and increasing land tax is very much alive if the states are smart enough to co-ordinate and standardise it. Michael Pascoe comments.

Don't like: Woolworths Rewards card fails the social media test

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Michael Pascoe Woolworths' chairman Gordon Cairns needs to talk to Scott Mate instead of his management team and retail consultants that have, shall we say, been failing to kick goals.

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Tourism aside, a mysterious lethargy has struck services exports

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Michael Pascoe After two years of high achievement against the odds, something strange has happened with our services exports.

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CBA cleared but wins no friends

Michael Pascoe As a major bank with an image problem, it wouldn't kill CBA to be a little more human sometimes.

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CBA’s BankWest challenge

Michael Pascoe The joint parliamentary committee looking into the behaviour of the Commonwealth Bank after taking over BankWest has heard some extraordinary allegations. Michael Pascoe comments.

The excuse to tax the family home for which states have been waiting

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Michael Pascoe The Turnbull governent look to hand the excuse the states need to introduce the most obvious of tax reforms.

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Sydney investment boom underwrites house prices

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Michael Pascoe There's a boom rolling through Sydney for decades, supporting house prices along the way.

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Capex survey shows growth, but not as we know it

Slow trek: The RBA has warned that productivity takes a long term to become clear.

Michael Pascoe From an employment perspective, maybe the capex outlook isn't as bad as it first looked on Thursday.

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When Lang Walker is selling property, the RBA should be worried

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Michael Pascoe If one thing has distinguished Lang Walker, it's been his ability to sell out at the right time.

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Advice from Lang Walker

Michael Pascoe Maybe investors in CBD commercial property should be a little concerned as Lang Walker is out to make his biggest sale yet. MIchael Pascoe comments.

Anti-super zealots go too far

Michael Pascoe The Grattan Institute report on superannuation excess doesn't really matter as it's too much for any government to contemplate. Michael Pascoe comments.

Saving the little superannuation fish, catching the big ones

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Michael Pascoe It's amazing how much attention is focused on one aspect of the system, while both the biggest fish in the super sea and the casual slaughter of anchovies are largely ignored.

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PwC and the Magic Pudding company tax cut

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Michael Pascoe Norman Lindsay died in 1969 but his spirit lives on within PwC.

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The best way to collect superannuation? Use the ATO

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Michael Pascoe The politicians are fighting over the falling leaves and ignoring the forest again – this time on the little matter of employers who fail to pay the compulsory superannuation levy.

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Michael Pascoe: The best way to collect super

Michael Pascoe There's a simple fix that could plug the $2.6 billion of unpaid super every year. Michael Pascoe comments.

How property developers make windfall millions

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Michael Pascoe Buy one thing, use spin and insider knowledge to get planning approval to turn it into something completely different and, hey presto, you've made a windfall without moving a brick. But others lose.

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Paris Attacks: Markets are used to terrorism because they have to be

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Michael Pascoe The terrible wearying truth is that we'll get used to terrorism.

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Michael Pascoe: BHP shares

Michael Pascoe The BHP share price is shouting the company won't be able to maintain it's extraordinary high dividend yield. Michael Pascoe comments.

It's time to tackle the family trust tax monster

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Michael Pascoe Paying as little tax as legally possible is standard, rational behaviour.

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