Next week Pearls and Irritations will post thirteen articles on the theme Making Housing Affordable. The series will focus on Australia’s housing affordability crisis. Articles will be posted daily over the week commencing Monday 1 May.
The series features articles by well-known independent economist, Saul Eslake and Grattan Institute CEO, John Daley (with colleagues) and includes contributions from a range of other experts in the field – Professors Hal Pawson and Peter Phibbs, Tim Williams, Michael Perusco, Dr Marcus Spiller, Patrick Flynn, Damien Webb, Jack de Groot and Ned Cutcher. See Making housing affordable schedule.
Making Housing Affordable explores the values and principles that should guide policy makers. The nature and extent of the housing affordability crisis, its origins and causes are viewed from the perspective of those seeking home ownership and those who rent. Finally, we examine the range of policy options to address the problem.
Contributors to the series acknowledge that there are no simple fixes and that change will take time. They recognize however that tangible reform is within reach and put forward specific proposals for improvement.
Making Housing Affordable canvasses many critical or contentious aspects of the housing affordability debate, including the importance of addressing both supply and demand, the politics of urban planning, distortions caused by current fiscal settings, the scope for institutional investment in rental housing, protection for those who are forced into or opt for long-term rental and, finally and importantly, how to revitalize the social and affordable housing sector.
The series Making Housing Affordable has been organised by John Menadue, Susan Ryan and Oliver Frankel.