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We can use AFL to boost school attendance and improve mental health in Indigenous communities Michael Dockery, Curtin University Indigenous boys living in remote Australian communities have a 20% lower truancy rate if they play AFL. This is one of the findings from our latest study exploring the benefits of Indigenous people’s participation in Australian... Read article 14 September 2017The Conversation Read More
How governments have widened the gap between generations in home ownership Rachel Ong, Curtin University Various government policies have fuelled the demand for housing over time, expanding the wealth of older home owners and pushing it further and further beyond the reach of young would-be home buyers. A new study highlights... Read article 29 August 2017The Conversation Read More
WA bathes in sunshine but the poorest households lack solar panels – that needs to change Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University; Alan Duncan, Curtin University, and Yashar Tarverdi, Curtin University Many Western Australian householders are living in “energy poverty”, according to our new Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre research report, Power to the People: WA’s Energy Future. Although... Read article 25 August 2017The Conversation Read More
New research shows there is still a long way to go in providing equality in education Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University; Alan Duncan, Curtin University, and Michael Dockery, Curtin University When we think of a “good society” – one that is fair and just – a defining characteristic is likely to be that all people have the... Read article 28 June 2017The Conversation Read More
Australians are working longer so they can pay off their mortgage debt Rachel Ong, Curtin University; Gavin Wood, RMIT University; Kadir Atalay, University of Sydney, and Melek Cigdem-Bayram, RMIT University Rising mortgage debt is affecting everything from employment to spending, as Australians approach retirement, our study finds. Higher levels of housing debt... Read article 27 June 2017The Conversation Read More
Women rely on the family home to support them in old age Rachel Ong, Curtin University and Siobhan Austen, Curtin University Thanks in part to the gender pay gap, the gender wealth gap more than doubled between 2002 and 2014. But our research shows Australian women don’t just trail men in total... Read article 29 May 2017The Conversation Read More
FactCheck: will 700,000 workers be ‘ripped off’ by penalty rate cuts, as Bill Shorten said? Author Joshua Healy, University of Melbourne Reviewer Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to penalty rates will rip off 700,000 workers… – Labor leader Bill Shorten, in a Labor-produced recorded phone call to voters released in March 2017. The... Read article 25 May 2017The Conversation Read More
Get used to your commute: data confirms houses near jobs are too expensive Rachel Ong, Curtin University; Christopher Phelps, Curtin University; Gavin Wood, RMIT University, and Steven Rowley, Curtin University Australia’s capital cities are getting more and more units, that are largely concentrated and come with a hefty price tag, a new report... Read article 18 May 2017The Conversation Read More
Budget needs a sharper policy scalpel to help first home buyers Rachel Ong, Curtin University In its 2017 budget, the federal government repeatedly stated its preference for a “scalpel” rather than a “chainsaw” or “sledgehammer” approach to demand management in the housing market. The number of housing measures in the budget... Read article 11 May 2017The Conversation Read More
Government spending explained in 10 charts; from Howard to Turnbull Alan Duncan, Curtin University and Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University Successive Australian governments are usually judged on how they balance the budget and spend taxpayers’ dollars. The stereotypes are that Liberal governments keep a tight hold on the purse strings, while... Read article 9 May 2017The Conversation Read More
Governments are trapped in a vicious cycle of housing policies and prices Rachel Ong, Curtin University Whether house prices have been inflated by limited supply, or because of transfers to investors and homeowners, government policy is now trapped in a vicious cycle. The wealth accumulated in our houses has become a central... Read article 4 April 2017The Conversation Read More
Not everyone wins from the bank of mum and dad Rachel Ong, Curtin University; Gavin Wood, RMIT University, and Melek Cigdem-Bayram, RMIT University The “bank of mum and dad” is helping young Australians with more than just their housing aspirations. New analysis of data on children receiving an inheritance or... Read article 15 March 2017The Conversation Read More
FactCheck: does Western Australia have the highest unemployment in the country? Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University It is true the Liberals and Nationals have … created the highest unemployment in the country in Western Australia, higher than Tasmania, higher than South Australia… – West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan, interviewed on Radio... Read article 9 March 2017The Conversation Read More
Politics podcast: WA election – Mark McGowan accuses Turnbull of bluffing Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The end of the mining boom has hit many people in Western Australia hard, and this has flowed strongly into the election. Debt and deficit are besetting the state budget. In this final podcast from... Read article 8 March 2017The Conversation Read More
FactCheck: Has the job market got so bad that ‘people have stopped looking for work’? Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University No wonder, when you have a participation rate that’s in free fall. Last month there was a fall by 0.2%, another 0.2%, it is now at 64.5%. What that indicates is that people have stopped looking... Read article 28 October 2016The Conversation Read More
Western Australia’s economic future remains uncertain after the mining boom: study Alan Duncan, Curtin University; Rachel Ong, Curtin University, and Yashar Tarverdi, Curtin University The mining industry will still be important to WA’s economy in the future and new growth is unlikely to come from other industries like tourism and agriculture,... Read article 20 October 2016The Conversation Read More
Can the private rental sector provide a secure, affordable housing solution? Gavin Wood, RMIT University and Rachel Ong, Curtin University Despite a relatively healthy supply-side picture for the general housing market, the expected trickle down of housing opportunities to low-income households in Australia has failed to materialise. The UK Department for... Read article 19 October 2016The Conversation Read More
Will the real gender pay gap please stand up? Whenever the gender pay gap is mentioned there are always those who argue it doesn’t exist, either because of differences in the way men and women work, choices women make or legislation prohibiting it. Whatever the reason, this confused rhetoric... Read article 8 September 2016The Conversation Read More
Let’s talk about the family home…and its exemption from the pension means test Rachel Ong, Curtin University and Gavin Wood, RMIT University Late last year a Productivity Commission report found including the family home in the means test for the age pension could deliver the government A$6 billion in much-needed revenue. Despite this,... Read article 25 July 2016The Conversation Read More
Election FactCheck: Have 300,000 new jobs been created in the last calendar year and were almost two-thirds held by women? Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University and Alan Duncan, Curtin University In the last calendar year, 300,000 new jobs were created; almost two-thirds of these were women. – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking to the Menzies Research Centre, June 10, 2016. As... Read article 27 June 2016The Conversation Read More
What’s the key to home ownership for Gen Y? Over the last 25 years, home ownership rates have fallen sharply for young Australians. Between 1982 and 2011, the home ownership rate for young adults aged 25 to 34 years dropped from 56% to 34%. Growing concerns about their home... Read article 23 June 2016The Conversation Read More
Election FactCheck: have 500,000 full-time jobs been lost this year and are over a million people underemployed? Alan Duncan, Curtin University and Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University On their watch… 50,000 full-time jobs have been lost this year alone. Over one million Australians are underemployed. – Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, speech to Queensland Labor Business Breakfast, June 8,... Read article 14 June 2016The Conversation Read More
Lack of housing choice frustrates would-be downsizers Rachel Ong, Curtin University; Alan Duncan, Curtin University, and Steven Rowley, Curtin University Australia’s housing stock is not meeting the demands of older Australians, according to a new report released today by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC). The report... Read article 7 June 2016The Conversation Read More
Turnbull should help the states switch stamp duty for land tax Rachel Ong, Curtin University and Gavin Wood, RMIT University Before the government considers company or personal income tax cuts, it should help the states replace property stamp duties with a broad based land tax argues the Australian Council of Social... Read article 20 April 2016The Conversation Read More