3 October 2019

Enjoy life, you’re only old once!

Older Australians are generous to a fault when it comes to helping their own children. But retirees could help all young people by supporting the winding back of tax breaks that benefit the elderly but squeeze the young.

20 August 2019

The story of inheritances in Australia – and why it needs to change

Not only do we not tax inheritances, we actually subsidise them, making the already wealthy even wealthier.

18 August 2019

Generational progress can no longer be taken for granted

An ageing population means an ageing voter base. But the Baby Boomers care about future generations. And ultimately their support will be crucial in ensuring the policy changes needed to give young Australians a fair go.

18 August 2019

For the first time in a long time, we’re setting up a generation to be worse off than the one before it

Every generation faces its own unique challenges, but letting this generation fall behind the others is surely a legacy none of us would want. It’s time to share the burden, and perhaps an avocado latte while we’re at it.

12 July 2019

Lessons from Australia’s intergenerational election

Older Australians are not selfish. They care about the welfare of their own children and grandchildren, as well as the world they are leaving for future generations. There is little evidence that wealthy retirees voted largely in self-interest at the federal election.

19 December 2018

Taxing inheritances might be unpopular, but it’s fair

Estate taxes are worth serious consideration. With society-shaping wealth transfers expected to grow over the next two decades, the time to have the conversation is now.

22 November 2017

Young Australians will wear the costs of Turnbull’s middle income tax cut

If the Prime Minister pursues the sugar hit of tax cuts without the difficult work on paying for them, then politics will once again have trumped policy and the economic future of today’s young Australians.

2 October 2017

Three charts on: the great Australian wealth gap

Australia is becoming wealthier, but much of the increase is concentrated in the hands of older generations. The trend is unmistakable: unless something changes, the young will fall further behind and inequality will get worse.

17 September 2017

The young are losing out as the great Australian wealth gap grows wider

Malcolm Turnbull be warned: the wealth gap between young and old Australians is getting wider and it could transform our politics.

22 June 2017

Affordable, Accessible, Appropriate housing for older Australians

John Daley’s keynote speech to the Council of The Ageing conference on Housing for Senior Australians. Some senior Australians face housing affordability challenges, but they are generally under less stress than other Australians. But there are storm clouds on the horizon. Home ownership rates are falling for younger cohorts, while there is less social housing available.