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MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: As Federal Parliament meets for the first time this year there's frustration in some ranks that the Government is not revealing more about its tax plans.

The Prime Minister has said there will be a tax package released before the election but there's a push now for the tax discussion to be broadened beyond calls for a higher GST.

Political correspondent Louise Yaxley reports.

LOUISE YAXLEY: All sides of politics confidently expect tax to dominate this political year even though the Government hasn't announced a plan or even been precise about when the details will come.

The CEO of the Council of Social Service Cassandra Goldie is disappointed that it's no longer clear even if there will be a tax white paper to set out the proposals.

CASSANDRA GOLDIE: We urge the Federal Government to put the white paper back on the table.

LOUISE YAXLEY: Dr Goldie says the white paper should look at ways to find revenue from winding back tax breaks for superannuation, negative gearing and other concessions.

CASSANDRA GOLDIE: These are areas where we have to seriously question what is it doing for the economy and what is it doing to the erosion of our personal income tax base. That's the debate we should be having.

LOUISE YAXLEY: The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has stressed the need to ensure that taxes are efficient.

Dr Goldie says a land tax ticks that box.

CASSANDRA GOLDIE: We should be definitely looking at a switch from stamp duty towards the most economically efficient tax base in the country, which is land.

LOUISE YAXLEY: The ACT Government under Labor Chief Minister Andrew Barr is phasing out stamp duty and replacing it with higher rates on land.

Mr Barr's been calling for new revenue sources for the states and territories but the loudest calls are from New South Wales Liberal Premier Mike Baird and the South Australian Labor leader Jay Weatherill who have each put proposals that include lifting the GST to 15 per cent to help fund services.

Mr Weatherill now challenges the Federal Government and the Opposition to put up a detailed plan.

JAY WEATHERILL: It really is over to the Commonwealth now and indeed to the other major parties in this nation to come up with realistic solutions to this problem.

LOUISE YAXLEY: Premier Weatherill's advocacy has infuriated many in Federal Labor because it interferes with their absolute position against the GST.

He's unperturbed but some in the Federal Labor caucus think there should have been more effort from within senior Labor ranks to get Mr Weatherill to tone it down so that the ALP had an easier task in defining the potential GST increase as a purely Coalition policy.