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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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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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Where now for immigration policy?

How will Scott Morrison respond to pressure from the Coalition’s right to cut immigration?
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Legislative changes to philanthropic funds sparks debate on disclosure

Private philanthropy in Australia has been enjoying a bit of a boom in recent years, as a growing number of wealthy families and individuals set up investment trusts and channel the profits into good works. The growth has driven in part by legislative changes made...
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The fifth ripple: Australia’s place in the global refugee crisis

Without more resettlement places, interception in Indonesia is pointless, argues Peter Mares in Inside Story
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A blockage in the skilled migration pipeline

In Inside Story, Peter Mares reports on the indefinite delays facing tens of thousands of applicants for permanent residency.
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Does Australia need an R18+ rating for computer games?

The computer game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Two was released worldwide this month and broke all previous sales records, grossing US$550 million in its first five days. It's a shoot-em up game, in which players massacre civilians in a Russian airport. Overseas it received...
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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.
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From queue to pool: skilled migration gets a makeover

Peter Mares analyses the latest changes to Australia’s migration program for Inside Story.