Anyone following the NSW state election campaign would get the impression stamp duty is on the way out, which would be a good thing.  

Just about every investigation of Australia’s tax system has wanted it abolished. By taxing homeowners who move rather than stay put, it penalises moving in order to get a better job, or downsizing and upsizing as family sizes change.

Both sides of NSW politics have promised to get rid of it for low-price first homebuyers. But as Joey Moloney explains this morning, neither side is serious. Stamp duty has grown to the point it accounts for more than one-fifth of state government revenues. Without the courage to name the tax that will replace it, they are merely tinkering and posturing.

Peter Martin

Business + Economy Editor

Stamp duty isn’t going anywhere until we can agree on the tax to replace it

Joey Moloney, Grattan Institute; Brendan Coates, Grattan Institute

Neither NSW Labor nor the NSW Coalition is actually proposing to axe stamp duty. Neither are any of the other states or territories, apart from the ACT.

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Wesley Morgan, Griffith University

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Feeling flat now you’re #BackToWork? A post-holiday slump is normal, but these clues signal it’s time for a new job

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While there’s nothing new about the return-to-work blues, few companies have any strategy to facilitate readjustment to work after vacation.

What Prince Harry’s memoir Spare tells us about ‘complicated grief’ and the long-term impact of losing a mother so young

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Children and the adults they become need to choose how they grieve. That may include sharing their experiences and getting angry.

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Alex Titov took a trip home to St Petersburg in December. Here’s what he found.

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In a post-truth era, with limited resources, archivists face difficult decisions about what should be preserved, but the problem is not new.

From Bachelor to The Bachelors – why Australia’s longest running dating show has updated the old formula

Jodi McAlister, Deakin University

The new season of the Bachelor franchise has changed the formula, in a bid to combat audience fatigue and dropping ratings.

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