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.
We are hearing dire warnings from property interests fighting against changes to negative gearing. But what if Labor's proposed changes actually support demand for the flood of new properties?
Financial literacy is not just about knowledge, so it would help if we taught it using day-to-day issues.
Herding behaviour is leading to excessive borrowing, further fuelling apartment prices, particularly in Sydney.
A 2014 memo from the RBA is being used like a political football in the current election campaign, but this was never its intended purpose.
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.
An ideological view and a powerful lobby group stopped the government from delivering a better budget.
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.
Think tank makes case for cutting capital gains tax discount.
Modelling on negative gearing has been reheated but its visible flaws should be noted.
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.
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.