"However, even here, if you dig into the detail you will find that the lawyers who negatively gear claim an average $2,300 extra in rental losses than their law enforcement and emergency services counterparts, again highlighting how higher income groups tend to have more properties and bigger tax write-offs."
Speaking of spin.. How exactly does an extra $2300 extra in rental losses claimed by lawyers over police officers "highlight" higher income group getting bigger tax write-offs and owning more properties?
What does one have to do with the other? Firstly, even if the deductions were identical, higher income earners would naturally get a higher tax write off because they are on a higher tax bracket.
Secondly, you can own one property and have a $50k loss and own 10 properties and make a profit. The salary you earn has nothing to do with it.
And can I just point out, an average lawyer salary is around $200k+ give or take? An average police officer or emergency services office salary is around $80k (not including fringe benefits). Saying that the higher income earners claiming an extra $2300 on average are taking advantage of the system is ludicrous. When you're looking at such a huge income discrepancy, what's $2300? Just a stupid comparison that is not even worth considering.