Original article by Bevan Shields
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 1 : 8-May-18
Former federal treasurer Peter Costello says the Coalition government has not done enough to reduce government debt. Costello claims it would require the Budget to be in surplus for 10 years in a row for it to be paid off, and he has urged the government to cut spending by at least $A18 billion to address the debt issue. Costello supports Treasurer Scott Morrison’s goal of setting the government’s overall tax collection rate at 23.9 per cent of GDP, but says it should apply the same target to government spending.
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