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The housing crisis hit Queensland hard. Jolted into action, the state has raised its game

June 5th, 2024 · No Comments · Housing

By Hal Pawson. Post-COVID housing stress has been especially intense in Queensland. Brisbane property prices have climbed by 65% since the pandemic began. That’s almost double the Australian capital city average (34%). According to new data released by CoreLogic this week, Brisbane now has the second-most expensive housing in the country, behind Sydney. Prices rose […]

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Build to Rent tax re-set proposals raise wider questions

April 23rd, 2024 · No Comments · Government, Housing

By Hal Pawson ‘[T]he emergence of a domestic market for housing provided by institutional investors … would add to, and improve the quality and diversity of, Australia’s stock of … rental housing’. Backing the case for expanded Build-to-Rent (BTR) housing provision, this was the central conclusion of the first major report from the Commonwealth’s expert […]

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Strategic approach to Australia’s housing problems long overdue

April 5th, 2024 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson and Vivienne Milligan In just four years since the advent of COVID-19, Australia’s house prices have climbed by a dizzying 50%. Defying orthodox expectations that property inflation would be quelled by rising interest rates, that upward trend has continued even since the RBA’s monetary tightening phase began in mid-2022, with prices up […]

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Housing battle lines for Election 2025 begin to emerge

March 12th, 2024 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson With this week’s announcements from the Coalition and Australian Greens, the contours of next year’s election housing debate have begun to take shape. It’s pretty clear that, as in four of the past six national polls, this policy area will be a flashpoint of the coming contest. While not laying out any […]

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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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