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A tax rule whereby losses on a rental property are deductible against personal taxable income (commonly known as ‘negative gearing’) is an almost uniquely Australian practice.
Housing affordability and tax reform have shaped up to be two of the defining issues this election. The Property Council of Australia – which describes itself as “the Voice of Leadership” – has helped frame the debate on behalf of its 2200 company members....
For most young families in Australia, the dream of purchasing and owning their own home is almost completely out of reach.
Working and middle class families are increasingly being priced out of the housing market. Ownership rates for young people aged 25-34 have spiralled...
It's no secret that house prices in Australia are growing at an explosive rate, but what are the social costs of high house prices?
Housing is now seen as a key wealth generator and a driver of the economy. Has it always been seen...
This report attempts to break the current political impasse by provide a range of politically pragmatic proposals that would reform negative gearing without abolishing it outright. In each of these scenarios, existing investors are quarantined, with negative gearing only partially restricted. In addition, this report...
Summary: The combination of negative gearing and the capital gains tax (CGT) discount is distorting the Australian residential property market, encouraging speculative behaviour and being used by predominately high income households as a tax shelter.
Modelling commissioned by The Australia Institute shows that...
Many conversations around Australia start and end on house prices – particularly for those lucky (or unlucky?) enough to live in our major capitals.
Prices are out of control, with quite extraordinary price increases over recent years. I would know, I have struggled to...
‘Negative gearing’ has been a topic of frequent debate. This flagpost summarises some of the estimates of the impact of negative gearing on the Commonwealth Budget.
Negative gearing is a strategy of borrowing to invest in an asset which generates income, but not enough...
It’s not too late for Malcolm Turnbull to regain some of the ground he’s lost on tax. Labor’s plan shows why he can’t afford to dodge it
THE LAST fortnight has been a bitter one for many Australians who wanted to see Malcolm...
This discussion paper endeavors to identify the underlying causes of housing affordability issues, and to consider some useful policy responses in the current and historical context.