22 May 2018

We can’t begin to fix our housing crisis until our leaders start levelling with the public

Governments at both Federal and State level are still avoiding the politically difficult changes that would make a real difference to housing affordability. But we won’t make progress unless our leaders eschew the popular but ineffective options in favour of planning and tax reforms that could actually improve affordability.

14 May 2018

Will the banking royal commission push down property prices?

The Financial Services Royal Commission has exposed some irresponsible lending by Australia’s biggest banks. Some of the revelations from the commission have affected certain banks’ share prices but not their profits. The question is whether the information brought to light by the commission will further push down property prices?

3 May 2018

The nuanced story of regional inequality in Australia

The idea that regional Australia has been ‘left behind’ by the big cities is widespread, and politically potent. There is some truth to the sentiment, but it’s important to recognise the nuance behind the concern, write Grattan Institute’s Danielle Wood, John Daley and Carmela Chivers in this submission to a Senate committee inquiry.

29 April 2018

Not so super

Australia has got superannuation policy wrong. The bipartisan plan to increase compulsory super contributions to 12 per cent will reduce wages today, do little to boost the retirement incomes of many low-income workers, and cost the federal budget billions now and well into the future. If politicians really want to help low-income earners, the planned increases should be scrapped.

18 April 2018

Are there hidden costs to high immigration?

Australia is more defined by migration than almost any other country. One in four Australians wasn’t born here; one in two has a parent born overseas.
But public concern about this migration is growing. More people are asking whether you can have too much of a good thing.

16 April 2018

Look beyond Super to close the gender retirement gap

Australia has a persistent gender gap in retirement savings and incomes. Men’s superannuation balances at retirement are on average twice as large as women’s. Men also have much larger non-superannuation savings. This means that women – particularly single, divorced or widowed women – are at greater risk of poverty, housing stress and homelessness in retirement.

5 April 2018

How investment property returns depend on politics

Australian housing has been a good investment with prices more than doubling in real terms over the past 20 years. Since 2012, house prices have risen 50% in Melbourne and 70% in Sydney. Our recent report, Housing affordability: re-imagining the Australian dream, investigated the trends.

22 March 2018

Submission to the Northern Territory Government’s Revenue Discussion Paper

The Northern Territory Government should abolish stamp duties and replace them with a broad-based property tax. This could leave Northern Territorians up to $85 million a year better off, while also helping to improve housing affordability. The Government should also abolish grants and stamp duty concessions for first home-buyers.

22 March 2018

Grattan CEO responds to Judith Sloan

Commentator Judith Sloan criticised Grattan Institute in an article published in The Australian on March 21. Grattan CEO John Daley responded in a Letter to the Editor, published the next day. This is the unedited letter

21 March 2018

Hits and myths in the tax debate

The reporting of federal Labor’s dividend imputation policy and earlier policy debates around negative gearing shows how easy it is to mislead Australians about who loses from tax changes. The full range of tricks used by vested interests and political combatants to scare and confuse was on display. Here’s what you should look out for.

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