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Entries from November 30th, 2015

City Futures Research Centre: 10 years young and going strong

November 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Cities, Strata

As November draws to a close, it seems fitting to reflect briefly on a particularly busy and important month for the City Futures team. This month saw CFRC celebrate its 10th anniversary, a real testament to the hard work and persistence of a great many people over the past decade.

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When developers come knocking: why strata law shake-up won’t deliver cheaper housing

November 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Cities, Housing, Housing supply, Strata, Uncategorized

Originally published in The Conversation by Laurence Troy, Bill Randolph, Hazel Easthope and Laura Crommelin Recent changes to strata title legislation in NSW will remove the need for all owners to agree to sell or redevelop their apartment block as a whole. This means that some owners may now have their apartments sold against their […]

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Big Data and Smart Cities

November 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Cities

I am a new Research Fellow at the City Futures Research Centre (CFRC) in UNSW, and cannot think of a better time to start, as it is the Centre’s 10 year celebration. The week of activities with academic, government, industry and community partners at the Royal Mint in Sydney CBD was a time for looking […]

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The inequality in our suburbs

November 13th, 2015 · No Comments · Cities, Government

By Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Gough Whitlam once wrote that “a citizen’s real standard of living, his children’s opportunities for education and self-improvement …are determined not by his income, not by the hours he works, but by where he lives.” In the 40 years that […]

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Crtl+H the tax reform debate: find ‘GST’; replace with ‘land tax’

November 10th, 2015 · No Comments · Affordability, Government, Housing, Tax

Here’s a tip for Federal and State politicians, and the people who advise them. Take the current debate on tax reform. Hit Ctrl+H. Find ‘GST’, replace with ‘land tax’. Hit return. Now you’ve got a positive agenda for tax reform.

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Cities@UNSW

November 9th, 2015 · No Comments · Cities

City Futures Research Centre is celebrating its 10th anniversary by hosting Cities@UNSW – a week of events about cities, housing, planning and urban science.

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It’s not all SINKS, DINKS and nuclear families

November 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Cities, Housing supply, Wellbeing

By Edgar Liu & Hazel Easthope Reading the news headlines in Australia in the last handful of years, one could be forgiven for thinking that the only housing issue the general public is interested in is its price, particularly if and how first-time buyers can afford to enter the housing market, or when the housing […]

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