Welcome to the Per Capita blog! Here you'll find all the thoughts and ideas we just had to get out there immediately, as well as the winning entries of our Young Writers Competition and other bits and pieces.

August 30, 2023

Per Capita Statement on The Voice Referendum

In 2017 First Nations delegates gathered at Uluru and issued a Statement from the Heart, calling for Voice, Treaty and Truth. We at Per Capita believe, as Professor Marcia Langton put it, that people’s lives improve when they get a say.  We therefore unreservedly support a Yes vote in the coming Referendum for a First Nations’ Voice to Parliament ... Read more
August 11, 2023

You could be homeless – National Homelessness Week 2023

Can’t find somewhere to live? Can’t pay for it? Get out! That means you! Who? As many renters and mortgage holders grapple with rapidly rising housing costs, the thought that you might join the 1 in 200 who are homeless is increasingly on people’s minds: 122,000 of us were recorded as homeless on census night ... Read more
July 3, 2023

When it comes to housing wealth, being a man pays dividends

By Matt Lloyd-Cape and Lucy Tonkin. Open a newspaper on any day and you’ll be met with a new story about Australia’s housing crisis. How older women are the fastest growing cohort to experience homelessness, or that female heads of lone parent households are most likely to experience significant and prolonged housing stress. But we ... Read more
June 19, 2023

Aus/US partnership for an energy revolution

When I arrived in the US a few weeks ago to begin a study tour on the opportunities that Australia has to build our industrial profile within the American renewable supply chain, I was filled with optimism and excitement. Not only because this was my first international trip in nearly a decade but also because ... Read more
May 25, 2023

Gaslighting and Negative Gearing: Why calls for the irrelevance of negative gearing are greatly exaggerated

By Matt Lloyd-Cape Director, Centre for Equitable Housing at Per Capita It has become something of a trend among some economists to ask that we all please get over negative gearing. Last week the economist Chris Richardson wrote in The Age that reducing tax breaks for investors are “distractions much more than they are solutions” ... Read more
November 29, 2022

Progressive Summer Reading List 2022

  It’s time for the annual Per Capita Progressive Summer Reading List! Here are our top 10 books from this year to keep you entertained over the summer or find their way under the Christmas tree. And you have a chance to win them all! To go into the draw to win all 10 books ... Read more
November 25, 2022

Radical IR agenda? Not really…

Attaining bipartisan approval on reforms to Australia’s industrial relations system has proved a colossal feat, marred by a tortuous parliamentary history. The passage of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act, which established Australia’s first industrial relations system, was a great destroyer of governments. The bill took three years to make its way through parliament, precipitated the ... Read more
September 9, 2022

A truly progressive local agenda needs community wealth building

Local councils aren’t often at the forefront of thinking when we talk about a progressive economic agenda in Australia. While there is a lot of talk about what councils can do on climate change or how they can lead on social issues, economic discussion tends to default to rates, red tape and redevelopment. That’s why ... Read more