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Entries from April 27th, 2016

The Political Economy of the Compact City: the Story from Perth

April 27th, 2016 · No Comments · Cities, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Planning reform, Transport

After enjoying great economic prosperity during the mining boom, Perth now finds itself grappling with the challenges of pursuing a compact city agenda in a more financially precarious era.  The effects of this new era are already emerging; for example, while the high-profile Elizabeth Quay waterfront redevelopment opened recently, some of its associated private development […]

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Resilience through healthy planning

April 14th, 2016 · No Comments · Planning, Wellbeing

By Susan Thomson, Professor of Planning and Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre, and Peter McCue, Executive Officer NSW Premier’s Council for Active Living. This is an edited version of an article previously published in March 2016 in a special issue on resilience of ‘New Planner’, the journal of the Planning Institute of Australia, NSW […]

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High housing costs create worries for city tourism and hospitality

April 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Affordability, Planning, Transport

By Ryan van den Nouwelant and Laura Crommelin Watch any tourism or branding campaign for an Australian city, and chances are you’ll see plenty of appealing imagery of amenities in and around the CBD – be it restaurants, nightclubs, parks or galleries. It is a common mantra in urban planning that good “amenity” is valuable […]

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The tax reform right under Turnbull’s nose

April 5th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Affordability, Government, Tax, Transport

Three days was all it took for ‘the most fundamental reform to the Federation in generations‘ – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s proposal to allow each of the States to set its own income tax, at different rates, on top of the Federal income tax – to be consigned by State and Territory leaders to history […]

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