Government policy signals are encouraging more Australians to borrow more money for property.
The budget seems to be saying to people with taxable incomes of less than $80,000 – if you want to pay less tax, get yourself a negatively-geared property investment.
Not just another budget, but not a plan either.
An ideological view and a powerful lobby group stopped the government from delivering a better budget.
Negative gearing has been untouched for 30 years because it increases housing supply and the stock of rental properties.
Negative gearing reform is complex and fraught, with a chequered recent history. The key to any future reform will be finding a way to equitably change it without losing its benefit.
When it's cheaper to buy and rent out and then rent another place, you know something is wrong with negative gearing.
Australia’s negative gearing regime is one of the most generous in the world.
Think tank makes case for cutting capital gains tax discount.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen rejected BIS Shrapnel modelling the first time.
Modelling on negative gearing has been reheated but its visible flaws should be noted.
What this election will really be about for Malcolm Turnbull is the size of his post-election majority.
What might be Malcolm Turnbull's worst nightmare, apart from losing the election? Scraping back as a minority government, with Tony Windsor in balance of power.
Already on the hustings: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull takes a selfie with locals at Torrensville, South Australia.
The Coalition has a solid 53-47% two-party lead in the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll but Malcolm Turnbull's ratings have taken a hit in the last month.
Before entering politics, Scott Morrison was employed to develop policy for the Property Council of Australia, which is now leading the charge against negative-gearing reform.
The default position for politicians is to sound concerned about housing affordability, but do nothing. This can be explained by the idea of 'policy capture', in this case by industry interests.
About a third of property investors are positively geared.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that Labor's negative gearing policy would deliver "massive shocks" to the residential housing market and drive all investors away. Does that claim stack up?
Mandurah is an example of built density without intensity: five-to-ten-storey buildings with generous public space but a population density less than your average suburb.
Curbing negative gearing will help get empty housing onto the market. This could go some way to bringing life back to relatively dense urban centres that are oddly lacking intensity of public life.
Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison often seem in different places, and not just on tax options.
Politics has its own purgatory, as Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott might have reflected when they sat on the same table at the Howard government's 20th anniversary dinner on Wednesday.
In comments to the Coalition joint partyroom, Tony Abbott urged the government to go down the savings path.
On Monday, a scarifying account of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership appears in the bookshops. By journalist Niki Savva, The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government…
The release of the defence white paper this week revealed plans to substantially increase Australia's military spending over the next two decades.
Malcolm Turnbull and Kelly O'Dwyer this week made contradictory comments about the effects of implementing Labor’s capital gains tax reforms.
The Turnbull government desperately needs a circuit breaker. It is in an appalling mess over tax policy and it can't afford to wait until the budget to have it sorted out.
A key problem with working out the impacts of negative gearing is that we don’t know exactly which properties it affects or the status of their tenants.
What if there was a middle option between retention and abolition that made negative gearing work better? There are multiple ways to improve accountability for this $8 billion-a-year tax concession.
Labor’s proposals could address housing affordability.
The results of changing negative gearing are not as straight-forward as the government suggests.
The government is not ahead in Newspoll for the first time since Malcolm Turnbull became prime minister.
The Turnbull government has lost its lead in the latest Newspoll, which has the Coalition and Labor 50-50 in the two-party preferred vote.
Treasurer Scott Morrison was criticised for not announcing any new policy in his National Press Club address.
If Scott Morrison ever watched Joe Hockey and thought "how much better I could do", he's getting a rough lesson in humility.
Bill Shorten has decided to go big (and early) on policy, but will it pay off?
In recent months the opposition has been on the policy front foot, but it's a risky strategy that has had mixed success for both major parties.