Per Capita Executive Director Emma Dawson joined Betsey Stevenson, Joe Williams, Judith Sloan and host Julia Baird to discuss the issues of the day on The Drum on ABC TV. Topics included US gun laws, Prime Minister Turnbull’s visit with President Trump, the ongoing saga of Barnaby Joyce, the proposed company tax cuts and Joe Williams’ work in the area of Indigenous mental health and community engagement.
Less than 24 hours before he finally resigned as Deputy PM and leader of the National Party, Emma had some strong advice for Barnaby Joyce, saying “I think what Barnaby has no understanding of is this is not about his personal life. This is about the fact that he has behaved unethically, that he has behaved certainly questionably, and he built his reputation as “I’m not one of them. I’m one of the people.”
On tax cuts, Emma said following the US in a race to the bottom on taxation was not the way to go: “Companies in the US pay high state taxes. I think Australia would be much more well advised to take the approach of Shinzo Abe, of Japan, that they can take tax cuts if they pass it on through local investment and wage rises for workers”.