Original article by Laura Tingle, Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 27-Mar-18
Business Council of Australia members were asked in a recent survey how they would respond in the event of company tax cuts. They were given four options: returning funds to shareholders; boosting investment; giving current employees a pay rise; or hiring more staff. It is understood that less than 20 per cent chose either of the last two options. The responses seem to be at odds with a letter that the BCA and 10 prominent CEOs sent to all senators in the week ending 23 March, in which it suggested that implementing tax cuts would ultimately lead to more jobs and greater wage growth.
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