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Economic prosperity of the gold-mining industry in Australia and the consequent gold tax

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Income from gold mining in Australia was declared tax-exempt in 1924. This tax-exempt status was removed and tax on income from gold mining was imposed in 1988 with effect from 1 January 1991. This paper documents the political process that led to the imposition of this tax. It provides evidence that rapid prosperity of the Australian gold-mining industry in the 1980s led to increased political sensitivity and removal of the industry's tax-exempt status of nearly seven decades.
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Keywords: AUSTRALIA; GOLD MINING INDUSTRY; GOLD TAX

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1999-11-01

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