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Housing taxes: getting from here to there

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.
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Earthquake in Northcote: where next?

A shock by-election in Victoria has boosted optimism among Greens. But does electoral geography support their wider hopes?
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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.
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Autism and the NDIS: a matter of interpretation

Could the National Disability Insurance Scheme be threatened by higher-than-expected diagnoses of autism and developmental delay?
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How to avoid a violent end to the Manus Island stand-off

The Howard Government’s resolution of a crisis on Nauru in 2005 points the way forward for dealing with the people currently held on Manus Island, writes Michael Gordon.
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The Hesitators

The dual citizenship story is far from over — and perhaps it was Barnaby Joyce who hit the nail on the head.
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Duchesses and Overlords

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Maurice Newman share a deep suspicion of China’s intentions in the Pacific. Graeme Smith argues that the reality doesn’t match their claims.
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Green in judgement

Tony Blackshield looks at what the High Court’s recent decision in the Lapoinya Forest case can tell us about its evolving attitude to free speech?
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A return to belligerent democracy?

The political stalemate in Timor-Leste has three possible outcomes. Michael Leach explains.
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Dial M for missed opportunity

The Productivity Commission’s healthcare recommendations might not go far enough, but they could still be too bold for the government, writes Lesley Russell.