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The same old CR?P

The same old CR?P

As governments in the region struggle with troubling debt burdens, Nik Soni reminds us that we have been here before and risk making the same mistakes of the past. History shows that the externally driven ideology of 'Trump-esque angry white men with the strategic foresight of a goldfish' will not work. The overly simplistic austerity mantra of more taxes, less spending and selling off state assets needs to be tempered with an open conversation about the problem, increasing revenue compliance, debt re-financing and drawing on the technical skills that exist within our region.
Honestly, we need to talk about tax

Honestly, we need to talk about tax

The Government of Vanuatu is undertaking a revenue review, and some in the business community are concerned this may lead to the introduction of personal and corporate income tax. As we await the report of the government's revenue task force, and in the absence of rigorous independent analysis, the conversation remains steeped in hearsay and the advocacy positions of various interest groups. In this piece, Derek Brien and Nikunj Soni highlight some of the issues that need further consideration so that there can be an informed national conversation about tax.
PNG’s fiscal woes: where has all the money gone?

PNG’s fiscal woes: where has all the money gone?

There are widespread reports from Papua New Guinea of budgetary difficulties, from budget cuts to church health services to government salary payment delays. Why? In this article (originally published on Devpolicy blog), Stephen Howes outlines what is causing the problem.
The world is talking about migration – so should we!

The world is talking about migration – so should we!

We need to start a more nuanced discussion on migration in this part of the world given the global discourse on this topic. Here Giff Johnson considers the issues from a north Pacific perspective, highlighting the little considered role of veterans returning to serve their own countries after years in the US military.