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Entries from February 28th, 2017

Metropolitan plans and metaphors: potential problems with Greater Sydney’s ‘three cities’

February 28th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Government, Planning, Wellbeing

By Dr Greg Paine, City Futures Research Centre. The Greater Sydney Commission is currently exhibiting its proposed district (ie. sub-regional) plans. Concurrently, though with less publicity, it is exhibiting its vision for the metropolitan area itself: Towards Our Greater Sydney 2056, a set of proposed amendments to the current metropolitan strategy A Plan for Growing Sydney (2014). […]

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The 10-point Plan to Tackle the Housing Crisis Rides Again

February 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Planning, Tax

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre. With anxieties about Australia’s increasingly unaffordable housing close to fever pitch, increasingly zany policy ideas are being touted to fix the problem. Not long ago we heard the Urban Task Force advocating for a plan fundamentally undermining NSW planning system integrity. Last week the ABC’s Michael […]

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Australia needs to reboot affordable housing funding, not scrap it

February 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Social housing

By Chris Martin, UNSW and Hal Pawson, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Federal government ministers have cast a cloud over funding for social housing and homelessness services, leading to speculation that the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) may not survive the 2017 budget. Treasurer Scott Morrison and Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar point to the […]

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Rental insecurity: why fixed long-term leases aren’t the answer

February 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Law, Tenancy

By Chris Martin, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. The insecurity of rental housing and unsatisfactory condition of many properties are receiving much-deserved media attention following the release of a national survey of tenants. However, the stock response to the insecurity this revealed – longer fixed-term agreements – is not the answer. The solution to the […]

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How Australia can spread the benefits of our bulging infrastructure pipeline

February 8th, 2017 · No Comments · Construction, Government, Guest appearance, Social enterprise

By Martin Loosemore, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Good infrastructure can transform the social fabric of local communities, regional economies and national prosperity. The 2012 Olympics’ impact on London’s East End and the Guggenheim Museum’s role in revitalising Bilbao in northern Spain are examples of how infrastructure projects can regenerate disadvantaged communities by creating a […]

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