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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
Location, location, location: what’s holding back an Australian ideas boom Alan Duncan, Curtin University; Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University, and Steven Bond-Smith, Curtin University Brisbane has outperformed Sydney and Melbourne in a new Australian index that measures innovation performance at a suburb level. The index is designed to help policymakers better... Read article 23 March 2016The Conversation Read More
Female senior managers paid $100,000 less than their male counterparts: study Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University; Alan Duncan, Curtin University, and Rachel Ong, Curtin University Women are paid less on average than men at a senior management level and have less representation on boards, particularly among male-dominated industries, new research shows. Among... Read article 3 March 2016The Conversation Read More
It will take more than piecemeal reforms to convince older Australians to downsize Rachel Ong, Curtin University and Alan Duncan, Curtin University Many older Australians are living in larger dwellings than they need after their adult children leave the family home. The 2011-12 ABS Survey of Income and Housing shows households aged 55... Read article 1 December 2015The Conversation Read More
FactCheck Q&A: Are a lot of cafes and restaurants closing because of Sunday penalty rates? The Conversation is fact-checking claims made on Q&A, broadcast Mondays on the ABC at 9:35pm. Thank you to everyone who sent us quotes for checking. Viewers can request statements to be FactChecked via Twitter using hashtags #FactCheck and #QandA, on... Read article 17 August 2015The Conversation Read More
Australians less likely to survive home ownership than Britons Between 2001 and 2010 roughly 1.7 million Australians dropped out of home ownership and shifted back to renting. More than one-third did not return by 2010. These statistics, from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, reflect... Read article 2 August 2015The Conversation Read More
Leaders debate the GST Leaders debate the GST: what you need to know Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra; Alan Duncan, Curtin University; John Daley, Grattan Institute; Patricia Apps, University of Sydney, and Roger Wilkins, University of Melbourne State premiers and chief ministers meet Prime... Read article 22 July 2015The Conversation Read More
The real reasons negative gearing on housing should be phased out Gavin Wood, RMIT University and Rachel Ong, Curtin University In recent weeks, there have been signs sentiment may be changing around the contentious policy of negative gearing. There are well-rehearsed arguments on both sides. Critics argue that the deduction of... Read article 23 June 2015The Conversation Read More
Australians are saving more, but are more comfortable with debt Alan Duncan, Curtin University and Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University Australians know that adequate savings can help provide for a rainy day, help a family put down a deposit on a home, or ensure a comfortable retirement. Debt also offers a... Read article 17 June 2015The Conversation Read More
The facts on Australian housing affordability Gavin Wood, RMIT University and Rachel Ong, Curtin University 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... Read article 11 June 2015The Conversation Read More
The other gender equality gap Australia needs to talk about Siobhan Austen, Curtin University; Rachel Ong, Curtin University; Sherry Bawa, Curtin University, and Therese Jefferson, Curtin University The G20 leaders have committed to reduce the gap between male and female workforce participation rates by 25% by 2025. The gender equality... Read article 16 November 2014The Conversation Read More
Debunking the ‘cost of children’ argument Sherry Bawa, Curtin University and Michael Dockery, Curtin University Highly publicised estimates of the cost of raising a family in Australia suggest that parents must make hefty financial sacrifices to meet the needs of their children. In a recent paper,... Read article 2 July 2014The Conversation Read More
Higher education changes: another hit for Australian women? Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University In a recent radio interview, federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne refused to contemplate a hypothetical situation that involved young women doing all the heavy lifting under his government’s plans to transform higher education in Australia into... Read article 2 June 2014The Conversation Read More
Changing times: the economic policies WA needs now Alan Duncan, Curtin University One of biggest issues to be addressed in tomorrow’s WA Senate poll – and perhaps one of the most complex, too – is how best to maintain the state’s growth trajectory through the forthcoming period of... Read article 4 April 2014The Conversation Read More
West cashes in on resources boom, but inequality also up Kylar Loussikian, The Conversation The mining boom has left the average Western Australian family nearly twice as well off since it began. But skyrocketing prices in some parts of the state have led to a faster escalation of inequality than... Read article 25 February 2014The Conversation Read More
Your home as an ‘ATM’ Rachel Ong, Curtin University and Gavin Wood, RMIT University Perceptions of the family home have changed dramatically in recent years. Once viewed as a tool to ensure low housing costs in old age, a more complex and wide-ranging welfare role... Read article 5 February 2014The Conversation Read More
The Coalition’s company tax promise – does it add up? Alan Duncan, Curtin University Debate rages on between political adversaries and policy commentators following Tony Abbott’s commitment to cut the company tax rate in Australia by 1.5% from 1 July, 2015. What are the facts behind the promise? What would... Read article 11 August 2013The Conversation Read More