Economics

Episode 50 – Tax with Yash Rathi

Tax is the system that funds our roads, schools, hospitals, welfare and more. Without it, the government has less money to spend. But what happens when our jobs and economy change so radically, that people no longer earn enough money to be taxed? Or when big tech giants like Google and Uber use tax-payer built infrastructure, like the NBN, but don’t have to pay a digital services tax? 

It may be a topic most people care not to immerse themselves in, either because its too complicated or overwhelming – especially when politicians use it (often incorrectly) to sway you one way or another during election time – but fear not! In this episode, Caspar sits down with 27 year old Tax Advisor and Specialist, Yash Rathi, who brings a wealth of passion and interest in tax, how it operates, what the biggest challenges are and how we should be dreaming of the future of tax. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about the ideas raised in Yash’s episode, he recommends the following:

Treasury – Tax Policy

https://www.treasury.gov.au/policy-topics/taxation

Recent topics include:

  • National Innovation and Science Agenda

  • Parliamentary progress of Tax Bills

  • Programs and initiatives – Taxation

  • Tax evasion and multinational tax avoidance

Australian Tax Office

https://www.ato.gov.au/General/Consultation/What-we-are-consulting-about/Open-consultation/

This link provides information about what the ATO is consulting about – i.e. consultations with the community, industry groups and the tax, accounting and legal professions, on matters of concern and interest to them.

This episode of Binge Thinking was produced by Nina Roxburgh, was recorded at Youthworx studio in Melbourne, was co-edited by Nina and Charlotte Morton, and features music by Big Gigantic

Caspar has never been so excited about tax! Pictured with Yash Rathi at  Youthworx  in Brunswick.

Caspar has never been so excited about tax! Pictured with Yash Rathi at Youthworx in Brunswick.

Episode 26: Economic Booms and Busts with David Murakami

Have you ever wondered why some people work so hard but never see financial success? Are you confused about how an economy works? What industry will have the next big boom? And where will jobs be in the future? Binge Thinking returns for 2018 with 27 year old research economist David Murakami. Growing up in a working class family, David's interest in economics was shaped by seeing how his parents couldn't find financial success despite their best efforts. David shares his journey into academia, and his insights into the political economy in Australia and Japan (where he is currently based). The two also got binge thinking on Australia's mining and service industries, the future of the tech industry in Australia, and his struggle in balancing the burden of knowledge with finding happiness. David previously worked as a Policy Officer for the West Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet, and was a National Parliamentary Fellow at the ANU in 2016. He currently lives in Tokyo, where he works at the Bank of Japan while completing his Masters research in Macroeonomics at Keio University. Produced by Nina Roxburgh with Music by Big Gigantic.

Join David and Caspar as they Binge Think their way through the booms and busts of the Australian economy and looking forward to the future. 

Join David and Caspar as they Binge Think their way through the booms and busts of the Australian economy and looking forward to the future. 

Episode 11: Progressive Dreams with André Dao

He lawyers. He writes. He’s deputy editor of the New Philosopher magazineand is one of the pioneers of Behind the Wire… and he’s just had a baby! André Dao works tirelessly to document lived experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia’s harsh detention system. His group Behind the Wire has just released a podcast (The Messenger), a book (They Cannot Take the Sky)and curated an exhibition at Australia’s Immigration Museum. Caspar sits down with the formidable Dao, a millennial to take note of. The two talk about André’s insightful piece ‘Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism’ published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. In it, André writes about the constraints of coal-face progressive policy workers versus the hack-tastic attitude of the modern techno-dreamer. Can we solve the world’s problems with an app? Do millennial progressives need to dream big before they lose the future? And what can we all learn from Milton Friedman? Caspar and André binge big dreams and their hurdles. This episode was edited and produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic. 

André Dao binge thinks his piece "Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism", published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

André Dao binge thinks his piece "Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism", published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

This episode is part of a special Binge Thinking series in collaboration with the Brisbane-based literary journal Griffith Review. Their Millennials Strike Back edition was co-edited by Jerath Head features 32 stories from millennial authors on a diverse range of topics. You can find it at Australian bookstores or online at their website.

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Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back