SAUL ESLAKE

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SAUL ESLAKE

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Housing


Housing is one of the most important things in people’s lives, whether they own the dwelling in which they live, or rent it – and if they own other property as an investment. And as we saw in the lead-up to, and during, the global financial crisis, what happens in housing markets can be enormously important to the stability of the financial system, and to the health or otherwise of the economy.

The housing affordability trap • Inside Story

Housing, Publications | 12th May 2016

Saul Eslake | Inside Story | 12th May 2016 Falling home ownership rates are bad for households and bad for the economy, writes Saul Eslake. Governments are starting to respond, but much more can be done“A home of one’s own” – often described as the Great Australian Dream – is not a uniquely Australian aspiration, but for […]


A Bi-Partisan Agenda for Affordable Housing

Housing | 8th April 2016

Presentation to the ‘Future of Housing’ conference co-hosted by the Brisbane Development Association and the Future Housing Task Force, Brisbane, 15th April 2016


Negative gearing simply a form of ‘tax avoidance’

Housing, Publications, Taxation | 31st March 2016

Saul Eslake | The New Daily | 23rd March 2016 In a recent interview with the ABC’s Leigh Sales, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defended negative gearing as “income tax 101”, by which he went on to explain as “a fundamental principle of tax law and has been forever that you can deduct from your income the […]


Labor’s negative gearing aims echo Coalition housing changes

Housing, Publications, Taxation | 23rd March 2016

Saul Eslake | The New Daily | 23rd March 2016 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been vocal in decrying the Labor Opposition’s plans to restrict negative gearing to investors buying new properties, claiming it will lead to a crash in the price of existing housing. But the evidence is against this hypothesis. Over the last five […]


Housing affordability, home ownership and housing policy

Housing | 6th August 2015

Opening Statement to the House of Representatives Economics Committee Enquiry into Home Ownership, 6th August 2015


Australian Housing Policy: 50 Years of Failure

Housing | 21st December 2013

Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee, 21st December 2013


Housing dream becomes a housing nightmare

Housing | 15th May 2013

Article published in Management Today, the magazine of the Australian Institute of Management, May 2013


Billions of dollars wasted on First Home Owner grants

Housing, Publications | 16th March 2011

Op-ed article published in the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers, 16th March 2011


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