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Taxing empty homes: a step towards affordable housing, but much more can be done

July 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Housing, Housing supply, Tax

Vacant and unlit ‘ghost’ apartments are a source of public outrage in major cities around the world. leniners/flickr, CC BY-NC By Hal Pawson, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Vacant housing rates are rising in our major cities. Across Australia on census night, 11.2% of housing was recorded as unoccupied – a total of 1,089,165 dwellings. […]

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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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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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‘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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Social money for social housing (part 1)

December 7th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Government, Money, Social housing, Tax

Recently the industry group Infrastructure Partnerships Australia made a proposal  to ‘fix Australia’s social housing system’. State Governments, said IPA, should sell off their public housing properties over a twenty year period, and place the proceeds  in ‘Social Housing Future Funds’. Income from fund investments (reckoned by IPA at the rate of the CPI + 4.5 per […]

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Value Capture: options for funding infrastructure

October 6th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Cities, Construction, Guest appearance, Tax, Transport, urban renewal

By Dr Nigel Stapledon and Prof Kevin Fox, Centre for Applied Economic Research, University of NSW. This article draws on the authors’ report, Value Capture Is Not a Magic Pudding: options for funding infrastructure, prepared for the Urban Taskforce. With major new transport infrastructure being built in our major cities, the idea of value capture has been in the […]

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Apartment construction boom: is this the end of the dream?

July 22nd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Cities, Construction, Housing supply, Tax

By Laurence Troy Australian Construction Insights (ACI) released their latest brief last Monday 18 July and noted that for the first time in Australia, construction starts for multi-unit housing were higher than for detached housing.  Of course, there ought to be caution in reading these figures, as any decent geographer will tell you, location and […]

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Housing’s back

July 12th, 2016 · No Comments · Affordability, Government, Housing, Tax

One week on and the election has produced a government – which, for a while there, didn’t look like a sure thing. However, the more remarkable result of the election campaign was this: one of the major parties campaigned on reforming tax settings to reduce house price speculation and, having grasped what was long supposed to […]

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Might Labor’s negative gearing policy yet save the housing market?

May 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Construction, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Tax

Originally published at The Conversation. The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) has unleashed the hounds on Labor’s proposed reforms to negative gearing. The REIA’s campaign, Negative Gearing Affects Everyone, follows the lead of the Property Council, which describes the Australian housing market as a “house of cards”, with the REIA stressing how “fragile” the […]

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The dust up over density

May 24th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Cities, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Social housing, Tax

By Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in Domain. The indicative massing strategy for the Central to Eveleigh study area. Photo: City of Sydney, UrbanGrowth We’ve all heard about the ‘Brawl over Sprawl’.  Well, now we have the ‘Dust up over Density’.  The stakes, as well as the buildings, are high because this […]

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