Federal Politics

Jessica Irvine

Jessica Irvine is a senior economics writer for Fairfax Media.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey

Increase GST to fix the budget

The Abbott Government should strike a quarter-of-a-trillion-dollar "grand deal" to increase the GST to 15 per cent and remove all exemptions, in return for personal income tax cuts and greater spending on pensions, health and education.