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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 2015News & Public Commentary Read More
The real reasons negative gearing on housing should be phased out 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 property losses from other sources of income (such as... Read article 23 June 2015News & Public Commentary Read More
Top households have 200 times the savings of the bottom A new report released today (Wednesday 17 June) by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) finds that the inequality in the distribution of household savings is considerably worse than the much talked about inequality in incomes. Beyond our Means? Household... Read article 17 June 2015Media Releases 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 2015News & Public Commentary Read More
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 by journalists and commentators as if this is... Read article 11 June 2015News & Public Commentary Read More
Research finds working from home is good for families A study released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) has found that working from home benefits businesses, employees and other members of the family. Associate Professor Mike Dockery, Principal Lead Research Fellow at BCEC, examined how employees’ working patterns... Read article 11 June 2015Media Releases Read More
Senate Inquiry Submission: Home Ownership Home ownership has always been, and will remain, the tenure of choice for households living in Greater Perth. A recent survey as part of the Housing We’d Choose: A Study for Perth and Peel report (Department of Housing, 2013) found... Read article 1 June 2015Public Submissions Read More
Tim Marney to lead Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Advisory Board Highly regarded public servant Tim Marney has been appointed Chair of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) Advisory Board. Mr Marney succeeds prominent business leader John Langoulant, who was appointed to the role of BCEC Advisory Board Chair in 2013.... Read article 22 December 2014Media Releases Read More
The other gender equality gap Australia needs to talk about The G20 leaders have committed to reduce the gap between male and female workforce participation rates by 25% by 2025. The gender equality focus by many of the leaders during the summit, including UN Secretry-General Ban Ki Moon, aims to... Read article 16 November 2014News & Public Commentary Read More
Senate Inquiry Submission: The Extent of Income Inequality in Australia This submission was prepared to inform the deliberations of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee during their inquiry into the Extent of Income Inequality in Australia. The submission draws on recent research conducted by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre that examined the... Read article 7 November 2014Public Submissions Read More
One million Australians living in severe poverty A new report to be released today (Monday 13 October) has examined the depths of income poverty and associated disadvantage that exists throughout Australia’s states and territories. Falling through the Cracks is the first in the new Focus on the... Read article 13 October 2014Media Releases 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 2014News & Public Commentary Read More