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 OLIVER FRANKEL. Saul Eslake’s well timed warnings help inform the housing affordability […]
Interview with ABC Radio National Breakfast’s Fran Kelly on Housing affordabilityHousing, News | 25th October 2016
Fran Kelly | ABC Radio National Breakfast | 25th 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.
The case for reducing the capital gain tax discountHousing, 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 StoryHousing, 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 […]
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 changesHousing, 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 policyHousing | 6th August 2015
Opening Statement to the House of Representatives Economics Committee Enquiry into Home Ownership, 6th August 2015