The build up

The build up

“When you have no solutions, blame immigrants.” – Australian proverb. This seems to be Peter Dutton’s election strategy based on his budget reply last week. Dutton proposed three key measures to address housing affordability: allowing first home...
The crisis colony

The crisis colony

Australia, the crisis colony. Every day, we are bombarded with news of the housing crisis, the rental crisis, the crisis of men’s violence, the climate crisis, and the cost of living crisis. These are the daily realities that shape the lives of millions of...
Budgeting for a baby

Budgeting for a baby

Jim Chalmers wants me to have a baby. Actually, Jim Chalmers needs me to have a baby – preferably two or three – as he told The Sydney Morning Herald last week. Australia’s natural birth rate sits at around 1.6, one of the lowest fertility rates in our history and...
Disarming outcomes

Disarming outcomes

It feels counter intuitive to say it, but the Australian politician to have done the most to curb the lethality of men’s violence against women was probably John Howard.  As criminologist Michael Salter writes today, the gun control legislation boldly implemented...
The young and the assetless

The young and the assetless

On the face of it, former Treasury boss Ken Henry and renter advocate Jordan van den Berg don’t appear to have much in common. One is a 66-year-old economist who spent 10 years as Treasury secretary, and who authored one of the most important tax reviews of recent...