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Housing taxes: getting from here to there

December 4, 2017 - 10:00 -- Admin

If Labor wins the next federal election then we can expect changes to negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount. Despite the Coalition’s scare tactics, Labor’s 2016 campaign pledge to tilt the balance in the housing market “back towards first homebuyers” didn’t appear to do the federal opposition any electoral harm, and may even have boosted its vote.

Sam Dastyari and the thousands of years of Chinese history

December 4, 2017 - 09:51 -- Admin

Sam Dastyari’s grasp of Chinese history must be among the least of his worries at present. He’s possibly wishing that he knew less about it rather than more, or at least that he had never had occasion to mention it, especially not in a public gathering standing beside a member of a political party whose interests aren’t necessarily aligned with those of his own party.

A big reality

December 3, 2017 - 15:25 -- Admin

Michael, aged forty-four, lives alone in a public housing unit in the Melbourne suburb of Seddon. The place is a tip. “Yeah, I know,” he says in response to the stern gaze of his dog Kaiser. “I got to clean up.” But not today. Today Michael has something else to do. “Gotta bury Mum.” It’s going to be a humiliating experience, because he doesn’t have any shoes and will have to get there by bus, without knowing the route. Later, we watch him as he waits in mounting frustration at the bus stop.

Charles Bean and the making of the National Archives of Australia

December 3, 2017 - 12:19 -- Admin

The title of this essay may surprise many people. The relationship between Charles Bean and the Australian War Memorial is well-documented and the Memorial’s reverence for Bean and for his vision for the organisation is stronger now than ever. By contrast, few people know that for seventeen years Bean chaired the committee that laid the foundations for managing the official records of the Commonwealth of Australia. Before the second world war, Australia had possessed no national archives.

Murdoch press searches for culprits, blames One Nation

November 29, 2017 - 16:27 -- Admin

After a defeat, comes the search for culprits. Matt Canavan blamed the Labor Party. George Christensen blamed the decision to merge the Liberals and Nationals in Queensland. The Australian’s commentariat blamed One Nation, though its guest commentator Campbell Newman blamed his successors for not explaining to Queenslanders how good the Newman government really was.

Cities for cars, tollways for investors

November 29, 2017 - 13:15 -- Admin

Cars began to dominate Australian cities in the 1950s, when mass car ownership became a feature of a booming economy. They still do. Back then, though, public transport still accounted for half of all trips, and the road, rail and tram systems were in public hands. Today, Transurban is the single most important single provider — via its tollways in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane — and key decisions about routes are being made primarily in the interests of its shareholders.

What Queensland tell us about the future

November 27, 2017 - 12:16 -- Admin

Saturday’s election in Queensland, still days away from a full reckoning, produced an outcome rather like the status quo, at least at the micro level. Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor government went into the contest with a notional (post-redistribution) tally of forty-seven out of ninety-three seats — the barest of majorities — and it looks like that’s what it will emerge with.

What Queensland tells us about the future

November 27, 2017 - 12:16 -- Admin

Saturday’s election in Queensland, still days away from a full reckoning, produced an outcome rather like the status quo, at least at the micro level. Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor government went into the contest with a notional (post-redistribution) tally of forty-seven out of ninety-three seats — the barest of majorities — and it looks like that’s what it will emerge with.

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