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The Death Duty Debate: Should We Tax Inheritance?

The Death Duty Debate: Should We Tax Inheritance?

The resurrection of death duties. It may just be the will of the people!   Death duties may be back on the table partly because our kids apparently don’t expect a free handout when us parents ‘predecease’ them.   And governments may use this social development to argue for the return of 'death' and estate taxes to haunt families again.   New social research says older Australians increasi... read more>
Over-50s Have the Power to Make or Break Rollout

Over-50s Have the Power to Make or Break Rollout

We over-50s have, as rarely before, come of age. Not often in the significant issues of the day are our opinions so counted and our support so eagerly sought. Instead of feeling marginalised and irrelevant, our decisions around COVID vaccinations can make a real difference: you could argue the whole enterprise hinges on us. So how does it feel to be important again? Policy is rarely as ag... read more>
Cease Fire! Time For Some Facts in the War Between Boomers & Millennials

Cease Fire! Time For Some Facts in the War Between Boomers & Millennials

I’m calling for an armistice in the so-called ‘inter-generational war’ after the skirmishes around housing availability, and affordability have turned nasty. The salvos of blame games must cease, if only temporarily, to see what we can all do to try and find some better solutions to get younger people into homeownership. The recent blog, which suggested baby boomers were selfish by not do... read more>
Boomers Bite Back: “No Whining Millennial is Going to Drive Me From My Castle”

Boomers Bite Back: “No Whining Millennial is Going to Drive Me From My Castle”

One suggestion last week certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons. It was that Baby Boomers are 'selfishly' hanging onto their spacious well-located homes and not retiring to the coast anymore. Your comments didn't hold back about the sacrifices you'd made to get there, and no amount of 'guilt-tripping' would get you out. But with the buzzwords of 'intergenerational wealth transfer' unli... read more>
When You Didn't Have to be a Millionaire to Have a Beach House

When You Didn't Have to be a Millionaire to Have a Beach House

It's been a great long weekend for us in a classic 1970s beach house more comfy than classy and so beloved by generations of lucky Australians. It's functional, unpretentious, in parts home-made and above all modest. The land with views down the coast was once bought for a song. But there's a sadness amongst the gratitude as time and big money has caught up with seaside idylls. I can h... read more>