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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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Foreign ownership of housing – how do Australia and New Zealand compare?

Foreign national ownership of property is a growing concern for many countries, including New Zealand and Australia. From 2018, New Zealand is banning foreign ownership of residential property in an attempt to curb housing inflation and high vacancy rates.
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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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Higher-density cities need greening to stay healthy and liveable

Cities are home to more than just people. We also need to accommodate the critters and plants who live in them.
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Australia should be cautious about introducing laws on coercive control to stem domestic violence

How valuable is the introduction of new legal categories as a way of improving responses to intimate partner violence?
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Amazon’s track record may signal a change in Australian industrial relations

The arrival of Amazon in Australia may signal a change in how we navigate industrial relations and workers rights.
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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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The dual citizenship saga shows our Constitution must be changed, and now

It is time to accept that Section 44 of the Australian Constitution is irretrievably broken. In its current form, it is creating chaos that is consuming our politicians, argues Joe McIntyre.
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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.