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The Albanese Government and housing: a mid-term report card

December 18th, 2023 · No Comments · Government, Housing

Image credit: Tatyana Kozlova The Albanese government can justly claim to have reasserted Commonwealth leadership on housing since its election in 2022. Media attention has focused mainly on the legislative stoush with the Greens over the Housing Australia Future Fund. But that’s only one element of a raft of initiatives pumped out from Canberra over this time. Many Australians […]

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Rising house prices are no cause for celebration

November 7th, 2023 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Last week’s news of Australian house prices rising to a new record this month is notable, although with significant inflation affecting the country for the past 18 months, that won’t be a new peak in real terms. Even so, a 7.6% since January 2023 means a resumption of real terms price growth. That seems surprising […]

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Weighing the significance of Labor’s social housing investment fund

September 22nd, 2023 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson After more than six months of Parliamentary wrangling, the ALP’s flagship housing future fund bill finally cleared the Senate last week. For Australia’s neglected social housing sector, this presages a welcome revival of federally-supported capital investment, absent for most of the past quarter century. But, in a longer-term perspective, the resulting program […]

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How does the HAFF add up? Unpacking Labor’s $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund

September 14th, 2023 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Ben Knight, UNSW Media Social housing in Australia has been in neglect for more than two decades. With a growing shortfall, ballooning waitlists and exploding queueing times across the country from minimal investment, the sector desperately needs a way to fund the construction of new below-market rent dwellings, and quickly. With Federal Parliament sitting […]

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Labor offers new help for renters and first homebuyers, but PM must aim higher

August 21st, 2023 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson Along with a new scheme for first home buyer assistance, Federally-led rental reform is now on the PM’s agenda. But this week’s National Cabinet and Party Conference housing announcements badly need to be integrated into a coherent and ambitious long-term strategy. Anthony Albanese has signalled backing for ‘harmonising’ tenants’ rights, country-wide, importantly […]

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National housing strategies – the time is right

July 13th, 2023 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Hal Pawson and Chris Martin writing for the UK’s leading housing industry magazine, Inside Housing In what feels like the dying days of an exhausted government, Michael Gove’s Social Housing (Regulation) and Renters (Reform) Bills look like last gasp attempts to breathe life into a housing reform agenda barely on life-support. True, many of the […]

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Leasing your way to owning: how do rent-to-buy schemes measure up against the alternatives?

May 31st, 2023 · No Comments · Housing

By Hal Pawson If you’re an Australian born after 1995 it’s increasingly unlikely you’ll be buying your first home anytime soon. The 2021 Census confirmed what had been suspected: the number of people aged between 30 and 34 who owned their own house, had slipped to just 50%. That’s a drop of 14 percent in […]

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Housing in Federal Budget 2023: small but positive steps

May 12th, 2023 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson A housing policy bonanza it most certainly was not, but related announcements in Budget 2023 included some modestly positive steps that supplement the Albanese Government’s existing array of housing initiatives. These included pledged new spending to ease cost of living pressures for hard-pressed renters, and to fund dwelling energy efficiency upgrades in […]

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High stakes debate on Albanese government’s social and affordable housing plans

April 25th, 2023 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson The Albanese Government’s flagship housing legislation has stalled in the Senate, with the PM alarmingly flagging a risk that the package might be abandoned until the next election. To understand what’s going on here we need to wind the clock back to the ALP’s platform taken to the 2022 election. Let’s remember […]

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The post-COVID crisis hit Queensland hardest. With 100,000 households needing low-cost housing, here’s how it can recover

April 6th, 2023 · No Comments · Housing

By Hal Pawson. A version of this story was first published in The Conversation. Read the original article here. While the COVID emergency has waned over the past year, pandemic-generated pressures have left our rental housing market reeling. Australia-wide, vacancy rates remain close to rock bottom levels, while rental prices have been soared at record […]

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