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Discriminatory Taxation in Light of Fortescue: Its Implications for the Development of Northern Australia

Anthony Gray (2014) 42 (1)

In the recent Fortescue decision, the High Court made some interesting observations regarding interpretation of the word 'discrimination' in the context of the Federal Government's power with respect to taxation in s 51(2) of the Australian Constitution. Coincidentally, the Federal Government has commenced consideration of options for the development of northern regions of Australia. Of course, one option would be to introduce a variable taxation system to encourage businesses and individuals to be based, and/or invest, in northern Australia. This article considers possible constitutional issues associated with variable taxation schemes overtly favouring businesses and individuals based in the 'north', given the recent High Court decision.

Vol 42, Issue 1, 2014

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