Category Archives: Housing

JOHN MENADUE. Housing for use value or exchange value

In this election the Coalition and the property industry with the help of the media have obsessed on the financial value of property,property as a commodity and property for wealth creation. Surely housing policy should be about housing as a … Continue reading

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KOBI MAGLEN. Improving the outcomes for older women at risk of homelessness

Older single women are the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness in Australia, though their plight remains for various reasons invisible to many. Designing solutions to this problem involves first understanding the root causes of the problem, including structural … Continue reading

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MARK SWIVEL. ‘To be without a home. Like a complete unknown. Just like a rolling stone’. – Bob Dylan.

Having a home one of the most basic human needs. We talk about housing or shelter as a human right – as we should. But that is not what we want. Not just the bricks and mortar but the sense … Continue reading

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BRENDAN COATES AND JOHN DALEY. Someone has to lose for first homebuyers to win: This is who it should be. (ABC 14.5.2109)

The one thing that would actually help home buyers the most:  letting housing prices fall.  

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – Apr/May 2019

This is a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source.

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JACK DE GROOT. The hidden cost of low rent housing

Although just paying the rent is enough of a challenge for most low-income households – as Anglicare’s latest Rental Affordability Snapshot demonstrates – their housing affordability challenge is further impacted by the cost of energy and transport. For them, it … Continue reading

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KASY CHAMBERS. Anglicare Australia’s latest Rental Affordability Snapshot paints a grim picture

Anglicare’s just released 10thRental Affordability Snapshot provides sobering evidence of just how hard it is for those on lower incomes, including those on the most generous government benefits (the Age Pension), to be able to afford to rent a property, … Continue reading

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MARCUS SPILLER. Who owns the Development Rights in our Cities?

Land development rights are in reality a public asset and should be capable of being exploited only where accompanied by a fair value commitment to improvement of the public realm, including for example through the delivery of more social or … Continue reading

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – Mar/Apr 2019

This is a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source.  

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ADRIAN PISARSKI. Tackling the Housing Crisis Properly Requires a National Housing Strategy

There is a plethora of well-intentioned research and opinion aimed at solving Australia’s growing housing crisis, including Labor’s proposed reforms to negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount. However, to be really effective, all of this must be considered … Continue reading

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KATHERINE McKERNAN. Sydney’s rough sleeping problem – no rest for any of us!

Sydney’s incidence of rough sleeping, just the extreme manifestation of the broader problem of homelessness, remains on the increase and has been so for a number of years. Set against the backdrop of a booming NSW economy, ironically riding the … Continue reading

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – Feb/Mar 2019

This is the second monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the source.

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly housing digest – Jan/Feb 2019

This is the first of what is intended to be a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the source material. While the focus … Continue reading

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MICHAEL KEATING. Housing Affordability and Labor’s Tax Proposals (Revised)

Home ownership has become much less affordable. It is a major source of inequality both between generations and within generations. Housing cannot become more affordable without bringing down house prices relative to incomes. Labor’s tax proposals are intended to do … Continue reading

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IAN McAULEY. The housing bubble, inflated by Howard and Costello, is now deflating.

Housing prices in our most overheated markets, Sydney and Melbourne, are falling. The housing bubble is a consequence of reckless economic policies pursued by the Howard-Costello Government, who, in the name of “financial dynamism”, privileged financial transactions over real economic … Continue reading

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HAL PAWSON. Shorten places housing at the centre of the 2019 election

With his weekend announcement of a $6.6 billion affordable rental construction program, Bill Shorten has dramatically reinforced Labor’s emphasis on housing as central to the Party’s 2019 election policy pitch. The initiative, Labor’s first significant housing investment pledge in four … Continue reading

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ISABELLE LANE. ‘Misleading and disingenuous’: Treasurer’s negative gearing claims slammed.

Experts have rubbished Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s claims that a proposed rollback of negative gearing will decimate the property market and send rents soaring. This article was published by The New Daily on the 8th of November 2018. 

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CHRIS MILLS. Mobile Workers Stampede from the City to the Bush.

Remember when Australia was a nation of makers?  As in: the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Holdens and the Opera House?  Imagine the productivity increase if Australia had a mobile army who would deploy across the country to … Continue reading

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BOB DOUGLAS. Homelessness, a sign of increasing Australian Inequality that we must now address.

The growing number of people sleeping rough on the streets of our cities has alerted many Australians to the fact that Australia is no longer the egalitarian society we once were, and that, as in other western democracies, inequality is … Continue reading

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ILAN WIESEL, LISS RALSTON, WENDY STONE. How the housing boom has driven rising inequality.

The Productivity Commission – the Australian government’s highly influential economic advisory body – released a report titled Rising Inequality? last week. The question mark indicates its scepticism about other research findings on rising inequality in Australia. The commission responded to … Continue reading

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DUNCAN GRAHAM. The Bush Drivers Lament.

Thousands of escapees from chilly southern cities are currently cruising northern Australia in search of warmth, wildflowers, new friends and a little adventure. The grey nomads prefer caravans, some so lavishly equipped they’re really villas on wheels with solar panels, … Continue reading

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RICHARD ECCLESTON. The housing divide

House prices may have finally peaked, at least in Melbourne and Sydney. But a slight cooling in some overheated cities makes little difference to overall housing affordability in Australia, which has declined significantly over the past two decades.We need a new, nationally … Continue reading

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BOB BIRRELL AND EARNEST HEALY. The Housing Affordability Crisis in Sydney and Melbourne

The housing affordability crisis in Sydney and Melbourne is close to the worst in the developed world. As of 2017, the ratio of median house prices to median household income in Sydney was 12.9 and in Melbourne 9.9. Only Vancouver … Continue reading

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CHRISTINA HO, EDGAR LIU, HAZEL EASTHOPE. Higher density and diversity: apartments are Australia at its most multicultural.

Increasing numbers of city dwellers live in apartments. This is particularly the case for migrants. And that makes apartment buildings important hubs of multiculturalism in our cities.

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LEO PATTERSON ROSS. Renters still face unacceptably poor conditions.

Governments at both federal and state levels continue to rely on the supply of bricks and mortar to solve Australia’s housing issues. We should be focusing not only on how many buildings are supplied, but what those buildings contain – … Continue reading

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NED CUTCHER. House prices off the boil in some cities, but it’s still grim for renters.

2017 was hoped to have been the year of the renter.  As Federal Budget 2018 ticks by, the picture remains grim for low-income renters, despite property prices having come off the boil (for now) in some capital cities.  

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JACK DE GROOT. A home is much more than a roof over your head

This year’s Federal Budget delivered no vision, plan or commitment for addressing the growing housing affordability crisis, yet again failing to recognise how fundamental it is to our nation’s wellbeing to prioritise solving this problem.

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WENDY HAYHURST. Budget 2018: What happened to affordable housing?

No joy from Budget 2018.  Governments do have the resources to tackle affordable housing shortfalls.  They just don’t have the will to accord it the requisite priority.  In so failing, they ignore not only the deep and lasting social costs … Continue reading

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PETER PHIBBS. Australian housing policy – going around in circles

The housing affordability report card for the last 12 months is a mixed one.  A welcome reduction in price and rental pressures in some capital cities is offset by rising homelessness and ongoing housing stress for those on lower incomes, … Continue reading

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JOHN DALEY AND BRENDAN COATES. We can’t begin to fix our housing crisis until our leaders start levelling with the public

Governments at both Federal and State level are still avoiding the politically difficult changes that would make a real difference to housing affordability. But we won’t make progress unless our leaders eschew the popular but ineffective options in favour of … Continue reading

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