Peter Mares


Plenty of ideas, not much money

The federal government made it clear at the National Housing Conference that significant new spending isn’t likely.

Australia’s own border wall

Our “state of exception” combines disturbing practices, cost blowouts and chaotic administration, writes Peter Mares.

Why Labor should break the refugee deadlock

The Opposition should swallow Scott Morrison’s bitter pill. But it also needs a longer-term plan, writes Peter Mares.

Where now for immigration policy?

How will Scott Morrison respond to pressure from the Coalition’s right to cut immigration?

In search of a national housing strategy

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.