F: Mr Mean just can’t take the heat.
[NSW Premier Mike] Baird will take a proposal to increase the GST to 15%, without
broadening the base to add currently excluded areas such as fresh food
and education costs, to the Council of Australian Governments (Coag) leaders’ retreat on Wednesday.
The GST proposal is set to face resistance from many of the other
states and from the federal Labor party. But Weatherill, the SA Labor
premier, said on Monday he supported discussing the issue.
Weatherill said he was not prepared to rule in or out any options
because he wanted to have a “constructive discussion” about funding
health needs, but his preferred option was to broaden the GST to cover