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Government guarantee opens investment highway to affordable housing

December 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Social housing

By Julie Lawson, Honorary Associate Professor, RMIT University; Hal Pawson, Associate Director – City Futures Research Centre, UNSW, and Vivienne Milligan, Senior Visiting Fellow – City Futures Research Centre, UNSW. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Australian governments have stepped into the market at critical times since the late 19th […]

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Facts sink glib housing supply mantra – the focus must be on affordable rental

November 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Finance, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Social housing, Sydney, urban renewal

By Hal Pawson, UNSW. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As everyone supposedly knows, fixing housing unaffordability is simply a matter of boosting housing supply. But wait! With their just-published report on house-building and population growth, ANU academics Ben Phillips and Cukkoo Joseph have blown yet another hole in that […]

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Federal Government’s affordable housing reforms need a social housing investment plan

November 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing supply, Law, Money

By Julie Lawson, Honorary Associate Professor, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. City Futures Research Centre is collaborating with Dr Lawson on the AHURI Inquiry ‘Social Housing as Infrastructure‘. The Centre for Urban Research in its submission concerning the National Housing and Finance Investment Corporation to the Federal Treasury provides evidence to support an appropriately governed […]

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New report maps the route to affordable housing expansion

October 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Housing supply, Social housing, Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. Important new steps towards expanding Australia’s affordable housing were mapped out in a hard-hitting official report, published last week. The paper, by the Affordable Housing Working Group reporting to the Council for Federal Financial Relations, draws substantially on recent City Futures Research Centre findings. Its main purpose is […]

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Budget 2017 charts new social and affordable housing reform agenda

May 12th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Social housing, urban renewal

By Chris Martin, UNSW and Hal Pawson, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Under pressure to tackle deepening housing affordability problems, Treasurer Scott Morrison has included various housing policy measures in his budget, some relating to Australia’s small sector of social and affordable housing. One headline-grabber is the creation of a new entity, the National Housing […]

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Can Institutional Funding be Channelled into Rental Housing?

May 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Housing supply, Tenancy

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published at John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations. Channelling institutional finance into affordable rental housing has long been a ‘holy grail’ urban policy aspiration. Recent developments suggest that this may be edging towards reality.   Scott Morrison last month re-stated the long-professed ‘holy grail’ ambition to engage institutional […]

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Ready for growth? Has Australia’s affordable housing industry got what it takes?

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

By Vivienne Milligan and Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. With a shortfall of affordable rental homes that reached 271,000 in 2011 and a crumbling public housing system, it’s encouraging to note Scott Morrison’s recent recognition that private investment in low cost rental provision must be stepped up and that government can help to make […]

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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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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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‘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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