Have accounting cosmetics driven dumb housing policy? – Weekly Roundup

May 20, 2023
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What to do about housing?

Young people are doing it tough; How accounting cosmetics have driven dumb housing policy; and Dutton blows the dog whistle.  Read on for the Weekly roundup of links to articles, reports, podcasts and other media on current political and economic issues in public policy.

The budget

Fiscally it continues the Howard “small government” tradition. Its economic approach, however, is more responsible than the Coalition’s, because it starts to address structural reform. The Coalition’s response – Dutton missed an opportunity to present an economic policy. Economists’ response – high marks. The public response – mostly harmless.


How accounting cosmetics have driven dumb housing policy. The Business Council of Australia puts it simply: we need more housing. The slow rise of build-to-rent. Why we need lemons laws for housing.

Other economics

Well being – young people are doing it tough. Journalists are amazed to learn that we all live in regions. Infrastructure waste – Inland rail (Coalition), Hobart stadium (Labor). Why the US banking system is fragile.


Dutton blows the dog whistle. Martyn Goddard asks what will replace the Liberal Party. The Centre for Public Integrity exposes shortfalls in integrity: Labor is doing worse than the Coalition in some areas. China, Iran and Saudi Arabia are keeping the global death penalty numbers high.

Public ideas

Two contributions on the demise of neoliberalism and the order likely to follow.

Gordon Lightfoot – 1938-2023

Links to sources of webinars, podcasts and readings

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