NSW Premier Mike Baird is pushing for an increase in the Goods and Services Tax.
NSW Premier Mike Baird is pushing for an increase in the Goods and Services Tax. Alan Porritt

WATERCOOLER: Would you support a 15% GST?

WOULD you be prepared to pay a higher goods and services tax if it meant better health and education services?

What if it came with cuts to other forms of taxation and compensation for low-income earners and welfare recipients?

According to the latest opinion poll, most Australians don't support an increase in the tax.

A Newspoll, published in The Australian, show 54% oppose raising the GST from 10% to 15%.

Some 37% supported the change while 9% were uncommitted.

State Premiers, including New South Wales' Mike Baird and South Australia's Jay Weatherill, are advocating for the increase, saying it would plug a widening gap in health and education funding.

Mr Baird could also be used to compensate low-income households and pay for income and company tax cuts.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed increasing the GST is on the agenda as part of a wider public debate around taxation.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the GST would be part of the public debate around taxation but has not committed to raising it.

"What the Prime Minister said is that any conversation about how the tax system can be improved of course will also focus on the GST, because the GST is manifestly part of our tax system," Senator Cormann said.

"What we are focused on right now is how we can improve the tax mix."

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Is there is a strong case for lifting the GST?

What compensation would you want? Join our watercooler debate today.

Do you support increasing the GST from 10% to 15%

This poll ended on 09 February 2016.

Current Results

Yes. It's the most efficient way of raising tax

0%

Yes. But only if compensation was offered

1%

No. They will only increase other taxes later

94%

No. They should cut back on spending

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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