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Entries from May 26th, 2016

Might Labor’s negative gearing policy yet save the housing market?

May 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Construction, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Tax

Originally published at The Conversation. The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) has unleashed the hounds on Labor’s proposed reforms to negative gearing. The REIA’s campaign, Negative Gearing Affects Everyone, follows the lead of the Property Council, which describes the Australian housing market as a “house of cards”, with the REIA stressing how “fragile” the […]

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The dust up over density

May 24th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Cities, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Social housing, Tax

By Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in Domain. The indicative massing strategy for the Central to Eveleigh study area. Photo: City of Sydney, UrbanGrowth We’ve all heard about the ‘Brawl over Sprawl’.  Well, now we have the ‘Dust up over Density’.  The stakes, as well as the buildings, are high because this […]

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The working holiday survives hard times

May 16th, 2016 · No Comments · Demographics, Migration, Transport

By Alison Taylor, Demographer and Research Analyst, City Futures Research Centre ‘The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page’ – St Augustine As our winter and the northern hemisphere summer holidays approach, Australians’ love of travel comes to the fore – I’m packing my bag right now! For […]

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The Australian housing market is a house of cards

May 6th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Affordability, Government, Housing, Tax

When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that his government would change nothing about Australia’s tax settings on negative gearing and capital gains, one of the Sunday papers ran the headline ‘Safe as Houses‘. Hardly. The Australian housing market is a house of cards – and that’s the view of the property lobby itself, as depicted […]

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