Government examined tax breaks on housing but did not act: FOI investigation

Government examined tax breaks on housing but did not act: FOI investigation

By political reporter Dan Conifer and FOI editor Michael McKinnon Posted April 07, 2017 00:23:12 Federal Cabinet formally examined the impact of tax breaks on Australia’s booming housing market in early 2016 but decided not to act, an ABC investigation has revealed. Key dates: February 11—19: Date range for which the ABC sought documents about negative gearing and capital gains tax February 13: Federal Opposition announced proposal to restrict negative gearing and halve the capital gains tax discount February 18: Treasurer Scott Morrison said “there are excesses” in negative gearing…

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What makes Darren Hayes scared?

What makes Darren Hayes scared?

FORMER Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes has revealed what makes him scared about being in a same-sex marriage. Hayes, who married husband Richard Cullen three times, said he feels nervous holding his hand when they are out in public. media_cameraDarren Hayes and husband Richard Cullen, seen here in 2007, feel nervous about holding hands in public. Picture: SuppliedHayes first married Mr Cullen in 2005 and then entered into a civil partnership with him the following year in the UK. The pair married again in 2013 in California as an act…

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Fremantle Dockers drop experienced players for new blood

Fremantle Dockers drop experienced players for new blood

By Keiran Cox Updated April 06, 2017 22:17:31 Photo:Griffin Logue (right) with Dockers coach Ross Lyon was the number eight draft pick. ((AAP: Dean Lewins) The Fremantle Dockers have followed through on coach Ross Lyon’s threat to wield the axe following last weekend’s humiliating 89 point loss to Port Adelaide. The winless Dockers have announced six changes to the squad to face the Western Bulldogs on Saturday. Experienced quintet Cameron Sutcliffe, Danyle Pearce, Jonathan Griffin, Nick Suban, and Zac Dawson have all been dropped from the side to take on…

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US President, Chinese leader face off on North Korea dilemma

US President, Chinese leader face off on North Korea dilemma

But that threat of unilateral action glosses over just how complicated the North Korea dilemma is. For decades, the US has sought a way to defang North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, but they’ve only gotten stronger. Experts say it’s not going to be any easier for Trump. “Every administration has wrestled with this pig, trying to figure out what to do,” said Timothy Phillips, a national intelligence fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Experts, officials and lawmakers say there are a number of reasons the North Korean challenge is so…

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What Melania Trump should know about China's first lady

What Melania Trump should know about China's first lady

A sneak peek Thursday afternoon of the ornate dining room of Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach resort, shows one long table, adorned with candles, floral arrangements and pre-set with service after service of china and crystal. Guests will dine on traditional Caesar salad with homemade focaccia croutons, a choice of either pan-seared Dover sole with Champagne sauce or dry-aged prime New York strip steak, and chocolate cake with vanilla sauce for dessert. If the first lady was going for “tasteful glamour,” she nailed it. It will be a strong…

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