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Entries from January 26th, 2016

More questions than answers in NSW ‘strategic housing’ announcement

January 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Government, Housing supply, Social housing, Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson and Vivienne Milligan Finally, the long wait is over. Five years after taking office the State Government’s Family and Community Services Department (FACS) has at last pronounced on ‘Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW’. All of the paper’s broad themes – modernisation, additional supply and supporting tenants – will resonate with the […]

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Hopes of a new urban age survive minister’s fall

January 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Cities, Government, Guest appearance

By Robert Freestone, Professor of Planning, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW. Originially published at The Conversation. The resignation of Australia’s first minister for cities and the built environment after just 99 days is a setback for federal leadership in these areas. Yet enough momentum and goodwill have been generated to keep the flag flying. The […]

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Housing is overpriced because it is undertaxed

January 14th, 2016 · No Comments · Affordability, Housing, Tax

The Australia Institute is in the media this week with a proposal to tax capital gains on high-end owner-occupied housing. They’ve backed the call with modelling that shows the current exemption of owner-occupied housing (all owner-occupied housing, not just the high-end stuff) benefits high-income households the most: of the $46 billion in tax revenue foregone […]

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