The $3.4 billion in dividends paid by CBA goes to super funds and the average super fund has 30 per cent of its assets invested in Aussie shares.
Business is also a massive taxpayer. Last year, Australian companies paid $65 billion in company tax alone: the second highest in the developed world after Norway. Companies pay more than their fair share — so much so that we are now losing opportunities offshore.
Second, cutting company tax has the power to create more and better jobs and better lives in a competitive world. The economics are clear: KPMG modelling shows cutting company tax to the Asian average of 22 per cent would cause investment to spike by 4 per cent with more jobs and higher wages. Company tax cuts help people since more investment delivers more jobs and higher wages.
Third, our history shows the way. For most of last century, Australia was a country with barriers to migration and offshore investment plus high taxes and high tariffs. These policies did not work. By the early 1980s, Australia was going broke.
When Bob Hawke and Paul Keating cut company tax from 49 to 33 per cent and cut tariffs, they ushered in almost 26 years of growth. If we are not competitive, we are dead.
Australians are smart. An Ipsos poll this week showed 44 per cent of us back company tax cuts. This is despite an appalling campaign of lies and misinformation from GetUp! and the union movement, which wants to keep people poor.
Australia is not an island when it comes to investment and jobs.
Jobs will be created in the best business environment which is why Labor and the unions in the 1980s backed cutting taxes.
By supporting company tax cuts, the Senate can show Australia is open for business.
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