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Peter Mares

Commentary

6 Dec 2017

Canada is showing the way on housing policy, but the funds in Australia need to start flowing — and that means biting the bullet on tax, writes Peter Mares.

Commentary

4 Dec 2017

A shift to a property tax will make the housing market fairer and more efficient, and researchers have come up with a practical way to do it, writes Peter Mares.

Article

3 Jul 2017

The Fraser, Howard and Abbott governments tended to “stick to their knitting,” treating cities, urban policy and public transport as the realm of state governments. Turnbull is bucking this trend.

Commentary

16 Jun 2017

The government’s toughening of citizenship rules would worsen the problems it seeks to tackle, argues Peter Mares.

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Article

17 Mar 2017

Sally McManus, the new secretary of the ACTU, has copped a caning for asserting on ABC TV’s 7.30 that it is legitimate to break the law in some circumstances. The example she gave was of trade unionists laying down tools at an unsafe worksite, and...

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Article

14 Dec 2016

With around 470 staff, the JBS Meatworks is Bordertown’s biggest employer. Almost two-thirds of its workforce are migrants. But unlike the Filipinos who come as skilled employees on temporary 457 visas, many of the newer members of the company’s labour force are asylum seekers and...

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Article

14 Oct 2016

Towards the end of ABC TV’s special “Sovereign Borders“ edition of Q&A came an intriguing but frustrating back-and-forth about the number of migrants Australia welcomes each year.

The key protagonists were Shen Narayanasamy, GetUp!’s human rights campaign director, and retired general Jim Molan, co-author...

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14 Aug 2016

Temporary migration is redefining Australian society. Peter Mares says there are around one million 'unsettled settlers' - including thousands of New Zealanders - on various kinds of temporary visas in Australia, and many are being unfairly treated. Peter Mares is a writer, researcher and a...

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Article

5 Jul 2016

Among the collateral damage of an early election – especially a double dissolution election – is the work of parliamentary committees. At 9am on 9 May, each and every committee of the forty-fourth parliament ceased to exist and many inquiries lapsed, their investigations unfinished....

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Article

18 May 2016

Barristers and solicitors have taken the unprecedented step of rallying to demand an increase in legal aid funding. Will it come to wigs on the picket lines?

It was at the polite end of the protest spectrum. As the hundreds of people rallying...

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