AUSTRALIA’S present prosperity is built on the hard work of every Australian and the hard decisions we have made, together, for reform. But many of the reforms we look back on today as necessary changes were deeply controversial at the time of their introduction.
Mabo and the divisive debate in this country about native title is just one example. It’s also hard to imagine, for instance, that there was a time when a capital gains tax was considered a certain election loser by every political professional. It’s just as hard to imagine a major party today going to an election promising to “roll back” the goods and services tax.
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