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Oct 4, 2011
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RBA leave interest rates at 4.75%

As Interest rates stay the same, the real story of housing affordability is tax

Today’s interest rate decision is a sigh of relief for people with a mortgage, but doesn’t help those striving to buy a home.

Interest rates are only part of the picture when it comes to making housing more affordable.

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Oct 4, 2011

One person’s tax break is another person’s broken housing dream

I wrote an opinion piece for ABC’s The Drum on the failings of our tax system when it comes to housing. To read it click here

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Oct 3, 2011

Our housing tax system is failing a generation

The Federal Government’s tax summit kicks off in Canberra this week, but a failure to address the tax incentives that drive up house prices will condemn future generations to high housing costs and financial insecurity.

The top issue at the tax summit ought to be the issue of tax deductibility of housing investment losses and the inflationary impacts that tax loopholes have on the housing market.

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Sep 28, 2011
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Expert panel to reform our social housing system – a good first step towards affordable housing

Today we have welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of an expert panel to advise on improving the social housing system.

This is a very positive step towards delivering a housing system that works for everyone and we look forward to the expert panel coming up with solutions to get more people in to affordable housing.

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Sep 28, 2011
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How does $329m worth of travel make housing more affordable?

Figures from the ATO confirm that tax breaks for housing are out of control with investors claiming $30 billion in rental losses, including millions on travel, stationery and ‘sundry’ expenses.

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Sep 27, 2011
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Multiple generations sharing to save costs shows housing unaffordable

The high cost of housing is having repercussions for households across the housing spectrum. Reports of cash strapped households sharing to split the financial load is a worrying trend as households try to cope with high housing costs. (“Families stay put to save” Herald Sun 27/09/11).

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Sep 22, 2011
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How is housing affordability affecting your state?

On Monday, we released the analysis ‘Australia’s broken housing system’ [linked], revealing that housing costs are not only the biggest cost to household budgets, but also the fastest rising. Housing costs have increased an average of 55% over the last six years.

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Sep 21, 2011
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Stamp duty removal not the silver bullet to making housing more affordable

Calls to cut stamp duty are not the whole answer to tax reform, said Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today.

AAH Spokesperson Sarah Toohey said that more comprehensive tax reform is required to really improve housing affordability for all.

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Sep 20, 2011
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Campaign Launch

The Australians for Affordable Housing launch at Parliament House was a great success, starting off with ABC’s AM program and lots of radio interviews around the country and finishing with two live crosses on ABCNEWS 24 and Channel 7 by the end of the day.
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Sep 15, 2011
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Housing the biggest cost of living pressure facing Australians

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) was launched today at Parliament House to challenge Australian governments to address housing affordability – the single biggest cost of living issue facing Australians.

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