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Treasurer Joe Hockey has ruled out changes to negative gearing, but the policy advantages some taxpayers over others. AAP/Joel Carrett

Why negative gearing is not a fair tax policy

Almost 1.3 million Australian taxpayers use negative gearing. But the policy is inherently unfair.
A green, pre-fab house. karen Manley

Prefab revolution? Factory houses are the secret to green building

The building sector globally currently consumes more energy than the transport sector or the industry sector. It is also the biggest polluter, with the biggest potential for significant cuts to greenhouse gas emissions compared to other sectors, at no cost.
Housing has become just another investment asset - but the consequences are unsettling. AAP/NewZulu/Peter Boyle

Tackling housing unaffordability: a 10-point national plan

The widening cracks in Australia’s housing system can no longer be concealed. Seven leading Australian academics say this 10 point plan can help fix housing affordability.
The current emphasis on the investor housing boom masks a long-neglected, Iong-term structural problem. AAP/Paul Miller

The facts on Australian housing affordability

Housing affordability, high house prices and rents are attracting plenty of media attention right now. The latest figures on house prices, mortgages, number of first time buyers and so on are dissected…
The dream of buying a home is increasingly unattainable for younger Australians. from www.shutterstock.com

Without affordable housing, we won’t have a society worth living in

Home ownership is becoming a fading hope for those without an existing foothold in the market. For increasing numbers of younger Australians, the dream will give way to a future as tenants.
Record-low interest rates could further inflate the housing markets in Sydney and Melbourne. Paul Miller/AAP

Speaking with: Keith Jacobs on the politics of housing

While policies such as negative gearing have helped middle to high income earners own property, they have also locked low income earners out of the market and created an unequal housing sector.

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