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Articles by Guest Expert

Guest Expert

Apart from our regular team of experts, we frequently publish commentary from guest contributors who are authorities in their field.


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For renters, making housing more affordable is just the start

For renting to become a truly viable, long-term alternative to home ownership, greater rental affordability and security is needed, writes… Emma Power, Western Sydney University Deloitte Access Economics’ Chris Richardson recently suggested that young Australians would be better off renting than trying to buy a house. He argued: … rents today make a lot more…

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Super funds targeted in Shorten’s housing affordability package

Labor will promise to ban direct borrowing by self-managed superannuation funds, as part of a housing affordability policy released, writes… Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Labor will promise to ban direct borrowing by self-managed superannuation funds, as part of a housing affordability policy released on to pre-empt the government’s package in next month’s budget.   …

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Here’s how superannuation is already financing homes

What critics of the plan to use superannuation for housing miss is that Australia’s super system already channels a significant proportion of retirement savings into housing, writes… James Giesecke, Victoria University and Jason Nassios, Victoria University The federal government is split on whether first home buyers in Australia should be allowed to use part of…

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Expert panel: ATO data shows inequality is in everything from super to the property market

Data for 2014-15 from the Australian Taxation Office shows inequality is growing in a number of areas, writes… Jenni Henderson, The Conversation and Josh Nicholas, The Conversation The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released data for 2014-15 that paints a picture of how much Australians earn and what they claim in tax concessions. We asked…

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First results from the 2016 Census paint a picture of who the ‘typical’ Australian is

Data from the 2016 Census allows us to identify some of Australians’ more common characteristics, how they vary across states and territories, and how they are changing over time, writes… Nicholas Biddle, Australian National University In a country as diverse as Australia, it is impossible to identify a set of characteristics that defines us. However,…