SAUL ESLAKE

Economist

SAUL ESLAKE

Economist

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Housing


Housing is one of the most important things in people’s lives, whether they own the dwelling in which they live, or rent it – and if they own other property as an investment. And as we saw in the lead-up to, and during, the global financial crisis, what happens in housing markets can be enormously important to the stability of the financial system, and to the health or otherwise of the economy.

‘No Place Like Home’

Housing | 23rd March 2017

The impact of declining rates of home ownership on the adequacy of Australia’s retirement income systems. Report prepared for the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, published on 23rdMarch 2017 Presentation to Conference of Major Super Funds, Gold Coast, Queensland, 23rd March 2017


Interview with ABC Radio National Breakfast’s Fran Kelly on Housing affordability

Housing, News | 27th October 2016

The federal government has avoided politically contentious measures to curb investor demand in trying to improve housing affordability, with Treasurer Scott Morrison calling for a focus on increasing the supply of housing instead to try to rein in housing prices. You can find an audio recording of the interview here


The case for reducing the capital gain tax discount

Housing, Publications, Taxation | 7th June 2016

Article originally published in ‘Around the House’, the newsletter of Shelter NSW, a housing advocacy group, in June 2016


The housing affordability trap • Inside Story

Housing, Publications | 12th May 2016

Saul Eslake | Inside Story | 12th May 2016 Falling home ownership rates are bad for households and bad for the economy, writes Saul Eslake. Governments are starting to respond, but much more can be done“A home of one’s own” – often described as the Great Australian Dream – is not a uniquely Australian aspiration, but for […]


A Bi-Partisan Agenda for Affordable Housing

Housing | 8th April 2016

Presentation to the ‘Future of Housing’ conference co-hosted by the Brisbane Development Association and the Future Housing Task Force, Brisbane, 15th April 2016


Negative gearing simply a form of ‘tax avoidance’

Housing, Publications, Taxation | 31st March 2016

Saul Eslake | The New Daily | 23rd March 2016 In a recent interview with the ABC’s Leigh Sales, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defended negative gearing as “income tax 101”, by which he went on to explain as “a fundamental principle of tax law and has been forever that you can deduct from your income the […]


Labor’s negative gearing aims echo Coalition housing changes

Housing, Publications, Taxation | 23rd March 2016

Saul Eslake | The New Daily | 23rd March 2016 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been vocal in decrying the Labor Opposition’s plans to restrict negative gearing to investors buying new properties, claiming it will lead to a crash in the price of existing housing. But the evidence is against this hypothesis. Over the last five […]


Housing affordability, home ownership and housing policy

Housing | 6th August 2015

Opening Statement to the House of Representatives Economics Committee Enquiry into Home Ownership, 6th August 2015


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