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Rudd took some goodies from the Henry review, but should not have ruled out reforms to restrain house costs and debt, argues Julian Disney in the National Times HOORAY Henry! The tax review headed by Treasury secretary Ken Henry has "told it like it is" in several key areas of tax reform, such as housing, superannuation and fringe benefits. It acknowledges that huge perks in these areas, especially for wealthy people, cause economic, social and environmental damage. It also suggests important changes to reduce this damage. Sometimes, its views are mumbled in a few sentences rather than declaimed with as much enthusiasm as other reforms it knows to be more popular, at least with the business sector. But that is still a great improvement on the past two decades of denial, obfuscation and even denigration from politicians of both sides and... Read the full article Photo: Andrew Jeffrey

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