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Entries from July 25th, 2016

Ditching Logan’s public-private regeneration sets Queensland back on social and affordable housing

July 25th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordable housing, Government, Social housing

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published at The Conversation. Four years after its announcement, the Queensland government last week cancelled the central plank in the Logan Renewal Initiative: the overhaul of Logan’s 4,900 public housing dwellings by a community-housing-provider-led consortium. The initiative is a planned 20-year strategy to reshape Logan, […]

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Apartment construction boom: is this the end of the dream?

July 22nd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Cities, Construction, Housing supply, Tax

By Laurence Troy Australian Construction Insights (ACI) released their latest brief last Monday 18 July and noted that for the first time in Australia, construction starts for multi-unit housing were higher than for detached housing.  Of course, there ought to be caution in reading these figures, as any decent geographer will tell you, location and […]

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It’s not easy being green, especially when affordable help is so hard to find

July 19th, 2016 · No Comments · Climate change, Wellbeing

This article by Edgar Liu and Bruce Judd was originally published on The Conversation.   The transition to a clean energy future is upon us, as shown by the huge uptake of solar panels and by the Turnbull government’s decision to set up a A$1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund. But what about those people […]

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Housing’s back

July 12th, 2016 · No Comments · Affordability, Government, Housing, Tax

One week on and the election has produced a government – which, for a while there, didn’t look like a sure thing. However, the more remarkable result of the election campaign was this: one of the major parties campaigned on reforming tax settings to reduce house price speculation and, having grasped what was long supposed to […]

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