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Entries from January 30th, 2017

New housing ministers – new housing policies?

January 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Government, Housing, Social housing

Congratulations to Anthony Roberts, the Minister for Housing, and Pru Goward, the Minister for Social Housing, on their appointments to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s new Cabinet. Congratulations too to Matt Kean, Minister for Fair Trading, whose housing-related portfolio includes residential tenancies. This is the first time New South Wales has had two housing ministers.  From […]

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If you’re serious about affordable Sydney housing, Premier, here’s a must-do list

January 24th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Finance, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Social housing

By Hal Pawson, UNSW Australia. Originally published on The Conversation. So “fixing housing affordability” in Sydney is one of three top priorities for the new premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian. It’s good that the state’s new leader recognises this as an intensifying problem that can’t be ignored. Berejiklian will appreciate the electoral importance of […]

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Public housing transfers move to a new level

January 23rd, 2017 · 1 Comment · Affordable housing, Government, Housing supply, Social housing

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre With the New South Wales Government’s recently announced tranche of public housing transfers to not-for-profit providers, Australia’s community housing sector is set for a new growth spurt. The addition of the 14,700 former Housing NSW properties – the largest transfer program yet – will expand existing […]

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Housing the dead: what happens when a city runs out of space?

January 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Demographics, Planning

By Kate Ryan, UNSW Australia and Christine Steinmetz, UNSW Australia Do you know where and how you want to be buried? Will you choose an elaborate Victorian-style headstone, or do you prefer a “green” burial, with only a GPS tracking signal indicating your location? Or you may elect to purchase a Bios Urn, a 100% biodegradable […]

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