Social Affairs

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Reforms to the negative gearing and capital gains tax rules will improve housing affordability for renters, says Professor Hal Pawson at UNSW Built Environment.

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The Coalition and Labor have outlined their plans for Indigenous health spending. There are some worthwhile pledges, but these policy promises could better reflect what our First Nations people need.

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In 1960, Harold Holt, the then-treasurer, urged the government to abolish import restrictions, resulting in a minor recession. This nearly swung the election in the ALP's favour.

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Academic and industrial research that is properly funded and well coordinated contributes to quality of life and economic prosperity.

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Historians attribute the Coalition's election victory in 1949 to issues like bank nationalisation and the Communist Party. But the decisive issue was petrol rationing.

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Immersion in the reality TV series is fascinating for someone who loves popular culture and teaches gender studies, says Dr Zora Simic at UNSW Sydney.

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Housing policy is a stark point of difference at this election. While the government took promising steps to set up social housing finance, it has yet to give any sign it will finish what it started.

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Some of the Coalition government's initiatives on women and Indigenous issues have been more successful than others. Labor is promising much more.

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A new book destigmatises some of our distinctions around the use of pharmaceutical painkillers.  

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Years of regulatory failure are having direct impacts on the hip pockets of the many Australians who bought defective houses or apartments. It's turning into a multibillion-dollar disaster.

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