Assumptions in the Budget are very important

Two minute read. Much has been written about the recent federal budget. I am always amazed at how ‘the fiddle’ gets so much attention; whilst the big issues get accepted without much fanfare or grumble.   Two things really only matter to most when it comes to things fiscal – is there enough work and…

Is this the budget that forgot renters?

For the majority of Australia’s renters, housing will remain unaffordable, insecure, and out of reach following the 2017-18 federal budget, writes… Emma Power, Western Sydney University The measures in the 2017-18 federal budget targeting the supply of lower-cost rental housing are limited. There are no significant funding increases to social housing and homelessness services. There…

Budget needs a sharper policy scalpel to help first home buyers

The budget acknowledges the crisis of affordability for first home buyers, but fails to do enough about demand pressures on prices to put home ownership back within their reach, writes… Rachel Ong, Curtin University In its 2017 budget, the federal government repeatedly stated its preference for a “scalpel” rather than a “chainsaw” or “sledgehammer” approach…

The 2017-18 Australian Budget – Pragmatism and fairness rule

In an Oliver’s Insight, Dr. Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital discusses the implication of the latest federal budget.  The 2017-18 Budget has much to make it popular. In fact, the goodies make it almost feel like a pre-election rather than a post-election budget. The transformation from the austerity to end “the age of entitlement” of…

How the Federal Budget will impact property

In his column for Switzer, John McGrath discusses the implication of the latest federal budget on property.  In this week’s Federal Budget, a range of measures were announced that should have a positive impact on the market in terms of increasing supply and helping young buyers purchase their first home.  There has been a lot of pressure on…

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