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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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Mounting housing stress underscores need for expert council to guide wayward policymaking

September 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Construction, Data, Demographics, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Social housing

By Hal Pawson, UNSW and Oliver Frankel, University of Technology Sydney. Originally published on The Conversation. A recent policy pledge by Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen has given fresh heart to campaigners for the restoration of the former National Housing Supply Council (NHSC). The Abbott government axed the council in 2013. With housing stress intensifying across […]

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Saving Sirius: why heritage protection should include social housing

July 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Government, Law, Social housing, Sydney, urban renewal

By Chris Martin, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Campaigners to save Sydney’s landmark Sirius building from demolition had a significant legal win this week. Last year, the then state heritage minister, Mark Speakman, refused to list the Brutalist block of public housing apartments on the New South Wales Heritage Register. Doing so would reduce the […]

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Sydney must heed lessons of London affordable housing fiasco

July 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Social housing, Sydney, urban renewal

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre. A recent Sydney Morning Herald feature on urban renewal in London shone an interesting and quite revealing spotlight on a high profile project with a major Australian connection. Crucially, though this rather uncritical account completely missed the aspect of the story with the greatest direct relevance […]

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Tenants’ calls for safe public housing fall on deaf ears

June 28th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Government, Housing, Housing conditions, Social housing, Tenancy

By Gemma McKinnon, UNSW. I have worked and researched in housing law for one-third of my life. When news of the Grenfell Tower fire broke, our network of tenant advocates and housing researchers was heartbroken and angry, but not necessarily surprised. People who know public housing in New South Wales (including the residents themselves) know […]

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Compact for Renewal Project: what tenants want from social housing renewal

June 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Social housing, Tenancy, urban renewal

By Bernie Coates, Visiting Fellow, City Futures Research Centre. Prior to retiring in 2015, Bernie was Director of Community Renewal in the Renewal Division of the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (formerly Department of Housing), and has worked in social and community housing for 40 years. In early 2016, Shelter NSW, the Tenant’s Union of […]

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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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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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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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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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