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Entries from December 12th, 2016

‘Scott Morrison’s Finest Achievement (to date)’?

December 12th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Housing, Planning, Social housing, Tax

By Professor Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre The SMH’s star economics correspondent, Jessica Irvine appeared to be heaping high praise on the nation’s Treasurer in her recent commentary. Her ‘finest achievement’ assessment commended Mr Morrison’s backing for proposals to open up access to more cost-effective private finance for affordable rental housing, as announced […]

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Social money for social housing (part 1)

December 7th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Government, Money, Social housing, Tax

Recently the industry group Infrastructure Partnerships Australia made a proposal  to ‘fix Australia’s social housing system’. State Governments, said IPA, should sell off their public housing properties over a twenty year period, and place the proceeds  in ‘Social Housing Future Funds’. Income from fund investments (reckoned by IPA at the rate of the CPI + 4.5 per […]

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Neighbours’ fears about affordable housing are worse than any impacts

December 5th, 2016 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Housing, Housing supply, Social housing

This article, co-written with Dr Gethin Davison, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here.   Housing affordability is a hot topic in Australia. Governments are increasingly recognising that more needs to be done to provide a greater range of affordable housing options, especially in the major cities. It is well documented, […]

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