SAUL ESLAKE

Economist

SAUL ESLAKE

Economist

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Taxation


Taxation is an important part of economic policy – not only in raising revenue for governments to spend, but also in influencing private saving, investment and spending decisions, and for affecting the distribution of income and wealth. Decisions as to what is (or isn’t taxed), and at what rate, are always controversial, and sometimes have unintended consequences.

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


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 […]


Negative gearing proponents’ claims don’t stack up

Publications, Taxation | 15th March 2016

Saul Eslake | The New Daily | 16th March 2016 Negative gearing policy has been a battleground for many years and its emergence as a hot button issue in the upcoming federal election has brought the friends and enemies of the practice into the field once more. Some are warning about “unintended consequences” which they say […]


The case against negative gearing

Publications, Taxation | 18th February 2016

Op-ed article published in the Australian Financial Review, 18th February 2016, alongside an opposing viewpoint from Ken Morrison, CEO of the Property Council of Australia


Reforming the Australian Taxation System: A Principled Approach

Taxation | 22nd September 2015

Address to the Australian Financial Review’s Tax Reform Summit, 22nd September 2015


Small businesses aren’t really the ‘engine room’ of the economy, and don’t deserve preferential tax treatment

Taxation | 15th August 2015

Article published in ‘Management Today’, the magazine of the Australian Institute of Management, August 2015


Reflections on the October 2011 Tax Forum

Taxation | 12th October 2011

Article published in the Melbourne Age, and in the online edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, 12th October 2011


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