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Nassim Khadem and Fleur Anderson People who earn more than $180,000 earn half of all capital gains and the tax breaks on capital profits are a key reason why so many investors borrow to buy property, a Treasury paper has found.
Bianca Hartge-Hazelman There are signs home ownership could get more affordable, as lower interest rates, increased construction activity and a growing population threaten to stablise property prices and rental income.
The housing market continues to strengthen, albeit at a more moderate pace, helped by a surge in multi-unit dwellings.
Nassim Khadem The business and tax community say rather than raise the top marginal tax rate the Abbott government would be better off targeting a host of tax breaks that advantage the rich.
Rachel Nickless, senior AFR reporter When it comes to executives using strippers and prostitutes to please clients, The Wolf of Wall Street has nothing on reality, says high-profile sexual harassment lawyer Michael Harmer.
Michael Pascoe It could be a disappointed retiree who is hanging out for rate rises to do much for income from fixed-interest investments.
Patrick Durkin Workers must be willing to move interstate and overseas to where they are needed, according to key members of the Business Council of Australia.
Ross Gittins Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott are perfectly right in saying we need to get the budget back into surplus.
Joe Hockey has told New Zealand that there is no crisis in the Australian economy, nor is it in trouble.
Australia has come in as the second best country in the United Nations' Human Development report measuring improvements in health and longevity, income and education, and personal security.
Jonathan Shapiro Australian house prices aren't overvalued yet, but negative gearing tax breaks have added almost 9 per cent, or $44,000 to current average house prices, financial group Moody's Analytics has reported.
Mark Mulligan Headline consumer prices rose by 0.5 per cent in the June quarter, broadly in line with market expectations, as higher prices for health services, dwellings and tobacco offset falls for travel,...
US home resales hit an eight month-high in June, suggesting the housing market was gradually regaining momentum and would help the world's largest economy to stay on a higher growth path this year.
Stephen Cauchi Australia's mid-size businesses are pessimistic about Australia's economy and business conditions for the next year, according to a new report.
Gareth Hutchens Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens says the G20 Leaders Summit can help to boost global economic growth - and render global monetary policy far more effective - if it properly exploits its agenda...
David Ramli Top business leaders are concerned the Senate budget impasse will deter foreign investment and make it harder for Australia to reach the growth target it is pressing on the Group of 20 leading...
Mark Mulligan Health insurance, tobacco excise and postage stamps could be the main drivers of the second-quarter spike in inflation.
Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens said he's content with the current monetary policy setting and stands ready to do more if needed.
Jessica Gardner James Packer has pledged an average of $20 million a year to Australian charities over the next 10 years through the establishment of a new philanthropic foundation.
Stephen Cauchi Australia now has a three-tier economy but even the best performing states may be in for tougher times.