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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 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 part of the retirement... Read article 4 April 2017The Conversation Read More
Not everyone wins from the bank of mum and dad 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 cash payment from their parents has found they are more likely to be... 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 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, new research has found. A growing, and ageing, population is likely to drive... Read article 20 October 2016The Conversation Read More
Can the private rental sector provide a secure, affordable housing solution? 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 Communities and Local Government boasted this year of a... 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 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, in the lead-up to the federal election, both major... 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 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 features findings from a BCEC Housing Affordability Survey, which captures the housing experiences... Read article 7 June 2016The Conversation Read More
Turnbull should help the states switch stamp duty for land tax 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 Service. It is well recognised by tax experts that... 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 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 top tier managers (those reporting directly to the CEO), female managers are paid... Read article 3 March 2016The Conversation Read More
It will take more than piecemeal reforms to convince older Australians to downsize 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 and over are more than twice as likely to... 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 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 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 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 2015The Conversation Read More