Australian Housing Market 2014

There’s a lot at stake as our property experts gaze into their crystal balls and make some predictions for the coming year.Terry Ryder, property commentator and founder of hotspotting.com.au, believes the 2014 housing market will show “a little bit more sanity” than this year. “Sydney and Melbourne are experiencing an auction...



Australian grasslands …and foreign investment too

Grasslands under pressure – will agriculture pull through? Rising human populations place enormous stress on grasslands and other resources used for agriculture. Land is taken over for housing, roads, growing crops. Do we want to wipe out the natural environment and grasslands simply to feed an over-populated Australia and...



In house asset exemptions in Aust SMSFs

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is re-examining the rules around in-house asset exemptions contained in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act. The area of concern for the regulator involves the treatment of investments in a related trust held by an SMSF as a required part of a limited recourse borrowing...



Property advantages to ATO trading stock ruling in Aust SMSFs

Tax legislation passed in 2012 ending the classification of superannuation assets as trading stock and in effect treating them as capital items can be advantageous for some SMSF portfolios, according to an SMSF specialist lawyer. “Going forward, no super funds have trading stock and all assets are on capital...



First home buyers continue declining in home mortgage market

  The latest housing finance figures show home buyers remain active, with the notable exception of first time purchasers who have fallen to a fresh record low proportion of mortgage approvals. Overall, Bureau of Statistics figures show the number of home loan applications for owner-occupation was up 1.1 per...



Australia’s property speculation is the highest contribution to national GDP anywhere

Renting for life? Housing shift requires rethink of renters’ rights By Kate Shaw, University of Melbourne Australia is the world capital for property speculation. Australians play property like Monopoly: buying, selling, demolishing, rebuilding, extending, renovating, always with the promise of appreciation on resale. The contribution to GDP of real...



Socio economic development in Myanmar – not investment

Engaging in Myanmar: whose interest are we serving? By Jonathan Bogais, University of Sydney Myanmar is the “new frontier” of the Asia-Pacific region. With its large potential markets, abundant natural resources and strategic position, competition for control of the anticipated revenues intensifies pressure on all sides. While economic development...



China Investing significant capital and commitments in Australia this week

Kingho, one of China’s largest private mining companies, has announced an all-cash tilt at the cash-strapped mining junior Carabella Resources, which has coal assets throughout Queensland. Though the deal is only valued at $66 million, a pittance in the world of mega-mining transactions, the Chinese suitor is expected to...



Australia’s new links to China

Middle power meets Middle Kingdom: Abbott looks to China Tony Abbott’s initial forays into foreign relations are exceeding expectations. True, the bar was set pretty low for many critics, but the new team is clearly intent on sending positive signals about the importance of Asia in particular. The big...



China’s SOEs and Australia’s FIRB system

Problems with Australia’s foreign investment review system are more rooted in perception than in reality. Many of the gripes we hear from Chinese miners about confusing laws and taxes, environmental standards and stakeholder concerns are just the growing pains of a sector that is still finding its way on...



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