There is a risk that affordable housing policy may be colonised by for-profit interests if Australia imports the wrong rental housing ideas from overseas.
A modest rebalancing of federal tax policy toward build-to-rent housing could fill affordable housing funding gaps. Australian funds are already investing in such a scheme in the US.
Australians are in favour of housing affordability changes that the government still doesn't support, an ANU poll shows.
Data for 2014-15 from the Australian Taxation Office shows inequality is growing in a number of areas.
Housing experts writing for The Conversation largely agree on the government policies that are causing negative distortions in the market and the wider economy. And supply is not the key concern.
Scott Morrison will renew his warnings against tampering with negative gearing, in a speech on Monday.
Negative gearing plus inadequate supply plus low wage growth equals financial distress.
The new NSW premier is right to identify housing affordability as a priority for the people and economy of Sydney. It's not just housing supply that's the problem – action is needed on many fronts.
Many children are living in low-income families that struggle to pay the rent to keep a roof over their heads. Unaffordable housing is fuelling childhood poverty, so where is the policy response?
The need for new housing solutions for these low-income groups is clearly a pressing requirement.
Federal treasurer Scott Morrison’s diagnosis of the risks and challenges confronting the Australian economy is hard to fault. But tackling those problems will require flexibility from the government.
What are the consequences of negative gearing policy? We've created a board game to model how negative gearing affects housing distribution, based on modelling from Dr Stephen Woodcock.
Hoping for the best is not a budget management strategy: but Australia can set realistic goals.
'Mediscare', Brexit and the negative-gearing campaign have all demonstrated that it is time for tighter regulation on truth in political advertising.
The Henry Review argued changes to negative gearing would need to be offset by increasing housing supply, but this aspect is missing from the Labor proposal.
For an election that is supposed to be based on who will manage the economy better, the debate has been disappointing.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said that Australia spends more at a Commonwealth level on negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts than it does on child care or higher education. Is he right?
Territorians will go to the polls for the next Northern Territory election only eight weeks after the July 2 election – blurring the lines between local controversies and how people vote federally.
A decent national housing policy is not just about the million or so Australians who are in housing need, marginal housing or homeless. In reality, all the housing sectors are connected.
The only problem with an appeal to fairness is there is no single understanding of what the word means.