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Land tax dead, stamp duty lives

22 June 2022

Economists become very excited at the mention of land tax replacing property stamp duty, but the biggest state in the Federation has now all but buried its property tax scheme.

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All you need to know about the Government’s reverse mortgage

19 June 2022

It used to be called the Pension Loans Scheme and was very small. Now that it's bigger and not just pensioners but also billionaires can access it, it's been re-badged as the Home Equity Release Scheme. It's still a reverse mortgage though, and it behaves like any other reverse mortgage.

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How does public dental care actually (not) work?

15 June 2022

About 20 per cent of Australians, or 5 million people, are eligible for public dentistry in Australia. Even though only a fraction of that number actually uses public dentistry, the waiting lists are long and a movable feast. And the system invites you to cheat.

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Election 2022 makes major reform do-able

23 May 2022

With The Greens holding the balance of power in the Senate, and the Labor Party forming government, real, meaningful change in the areas of health, aged care and housing is now a real possibility.

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