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15 May 2019

Transport promises for Election 2019: the good, the bad and the downright ugly

Our politicians should stop donning hardhats and promising infrastructure before they’ve done their homework — because every dud project built cannibalises a worthy one.

14 May 2019

The brutal truth about housing policy

Changing rules on negative gearing and capital gains tax is more likely to increase home ownership than guaranteeing part of the deposit. But no policy proposed in the 2019 federal election affects the really big lever for home ownership: increasing housing supply.

14 May 2019

Labor’s plan to cut childcare costs is a big deal

It could have a big impact on economic growth. In fact, it’s likely to produce a bigger bang for each dollar spent than the tax cuts proposed by either of the major parties.

14 May 2019

If franking credits and negative gearing didn’t exist, no one would invent them

The reality is that no major party would be able to defend introducing these policies today. And if you can’t make that case, we should worry less about abolishing them.

13 May 2019

Different types of health data should be governed differently

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy’s draft recommendation on the protection and use of health-related data needs to be revised because it reflects an old and static understanding of ‘health data’.

12 May 2019

Coalition’s plan won’t spark home ownership recovery among young

At least the Coalition didn’t resort to yet another first homebuyers’ grant scheme that would only push up house prices at substantial cost to government.

11 May 2019

At this election, voters have a clear choice on the economy

Labor is throwing out the rule book. The Coalition is sticking to the usual script. The upshot is the most distinct choice in economic policy for more than two decades.

8 May 2019

Are international students passing university courses at the same rate as domestic students?

Many are concerned that universities are not maintaining standards as the numbers of international students increase rapidly. The pass rates of domestic and international undergraduate students aren’t much different, but the gap is starting to widen.

8 May 2019

On emissions, cleaner costs more than dirtier

It will cost more to meet Labor’s 45 per cent emissions reduction target than the Coalition’s 26 per cent target. So Labor must prosecute the case that justifies the higher target.

8 May 2019

Confirmation from NSW Treasury. Labor’s negative gearing policy would barely move house prices

Behind the headline is the punchline: NSW Treasury predicts that under Labor’s reforms to negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount, house prices would be just 0.5 per cent lower than otherwise by the end of 2019.