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Entries from March 30th, 2017

I’m forever blowing bubbles: Has the Sydney apartment market finally burst?

March 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Construction, Housing, Housing supply, Sydney

By Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in Around the House, newsletter of Shelter NSW. Much speculation in the property press in recent months has centred on the question of the supposed ‘housing bubble’ (is there one?) and, if so, what is its likely trajectory (will it burst?).  Pundits have vied for […]

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Who’ll get hit by ‘one strike’ and ‘three strikes’ in public housing?

March 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Law, Social housing, Tenancy

There’s ‘evidence-based policy’, and there’s ‘sports-metaphor-based policy’. New South Wales is the latest Australian jurisdiction to adopt ‘three strikes’ and ‘one strike’ policies for evicting social housing tenants on grounds of criminal offending and anti-social behaviour. The New South Wales approach is, however, different: whereas in other States ‘strikes’ policies apply to social housing landlords and […]

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Flying into uncertainty: Western Sydney’s ‘aerotropolis’ poses more questions than answers

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Government, Guest appearance, Planning, Sydney, Transport

The uncertainties about the new Badgerys Creek airport in Western Sydney are raising many questions that only good governance can resolve. from www.shutterstock.com By Robert Freestone, UNSW While Melburnians sombrely reflect on the risks of intensive commercial development near airport runways, Sydneysiders are enthusiastically scoping the development spin-offs that will come with their new airport in […]

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By far and away the biggest (housing) tax reform prize on offer?

March 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Government, Housing, Social housing, Tax

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre. Weekend reports suggest that an exchange of land tax for stamp duty might be, at last, under genuine government consideration. The potential significance of such a change – one we’ve previously backed – is hard to overstate. Cited in the Sydney Morning Herald, Grattan Institute economics […]

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Contested spaces: living next door to Alice (and Anh and Abdullah)

March 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Demographics, Guest appearance, Housing, Wellbeing

How is apartment living changing the way we get to know our increasingly diverse neighbourhoods? from www.shutterstock.com Edgar Liu, UNSW; Christina Ho, University of Technology Sydney, and Hazel Easthope, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Ethnic conflict is on the rise in Australia, with regular reports of racist abuse in public spaces, including transport, streets […]

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Value sharing for affordable housing

March 7th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Sydney

By Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in New Planner. The recent inclusion of Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) in the draft District Pans for Metropolitan Sydney marks a turning point in the debates – and hopefully the policies – on the possibility of accessing some of the value generated by property development to […]

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