There is a lot of talk at present about a proposed increase in the GST as part of our Tax Reform agenda. It seems the more the GST option is socialised, the more comfortable the States are becoming, with some even advocating for it. 

Unfortunately in this latest round of discussions there has been little mention of whether Stamp Duty would be scrapped if a GST rise was to occur.  

The Federal Government itself has conceded that Stamp Duty is an inhibiter to growth in its Options Paper. So it might be time to remind those having these discussions - particularly the State Treasurers, that removal of Stamp Duty needs to be factored into any rebalancing that is to occur between State and Federal revenues.