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Many places overseas require developers to build a certain proportion of affordable housing, but Victoria has opted for a voluntary negotiated approach. Lichtwolke/Shutterstock

If it’s voluntary for developers to make affordable housing deals with councils, what can you expect?

People on the minimum wage can afford only 2% of private rentals and only 1% if on the pension. Affordable housing requirements are often mandatory overseas, but Victoria is relying on negotiation.
Crash or crash through? Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison walk to a meeting with the Reserve Bank governor on Wednesday. Joel Carrett/AAP

Frydenberg declares tax package must be passed ‘in its entirety’

In an interview with The Conversation, Frydenberg refused to be drawn on what the government would do if unable to get the whole bill through.
The Darling River near Louth NSW, April 2019, in the midst of a drought compounded by upstream irrigation policies. Jaana Dielenberg

As the dust of the election settles, Australia’s wildlife still needs a pathway for recovery

In the event, the federal election turned out to be more about the economy than the environment. But there are steps the Coalition government can take to help conservation and boost the economy too.
Labor Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese speaks to the media at Henson Park in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville on Wednesday. Joel Carrett/AAP

Wind in Albanese’s sails as Chalmers weighs options

Jim Chalmers, from the right of the Labor party, has been receiving support from those who believe the party needs generational change.
Progressive voices have lit up social media with memes blaming Queensland for Labor’s loss in the federal election. But characterising the state as regressive and redneck is misplaced. Shutterstock/The Conversation

Queensland to all those #Quexiteers: don’t judge, try to understand us

Queensland has a proud place in Labor history. But the 2019 election shows the federal Labor Party no longer understands the issues that matter to Queensland voters.
Better opinions polls are more expensive because pollsters need to spend more effort getting a representative and honest sample of voters. Shutterstock

Here’s how to make opinion polls more representative and honest

You could compare election opinion polls to penalty shoot-outs at a World Cup final: there’s huge pressure to get it right and we remember the big misses most of all.
Clive Palmer didn’t win any seats for his party in the election, but he says his massive advertising spend was “worth it” to prevent Bill Shorten from becoming prime minister. Darren England/AAP

After Clive Palmer’s $60 million campaign, limits on political advertising are more important than ever

Australia needs to rein in the ever-increasing role of private money in federal elections with caps on political advertising and donations.
Contrary to expectations, Victoria failed to deliver a government majority to Labor. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: Queensland and Tasmania win it for the Coalition

The Tasmanian seats of Bass and Braddon were always going to be key elements of a Coalition victory – and so it proved to be.

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