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Are we seeing a sustainable housing market recovery?

March 5th, 2021 · No Comments · Affordability

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. At the start of the pandemic, when it became clear that extensive economic disruption lay ahead, there was alarm about the possible housing system damage that could result. In Australia, one of our largest banks projected a possible 32% hit to house prices. Most other forecasts at this […]

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Social housing production continues to languish, while demand has soared

January 23rd, 2021 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Prof Hal Pawson. Official figures released this week reveal that Australia’s social housing stock actually declined in 2019-20. The combined total of public housing, community housing, state owned and managed Indigenous housing and Indigenous community housing dwellings, dropped from 429,316 to 428,497 over the year (see notes to Figure 1). These statistics come from […]

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COVID spurred action on rough sleepers but greater homelessness challenges lie ahead

October 19th, 2020 · No Comments · Guest appearance, Housing

By Hal Pawson, UNSW and Cameron Parsell, The University of Queensland. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Image by Nathan Larkin. COVID-19 triggered multimillion-dollar commitments by state governments to tackle homelessness. Our research for the Australian Homelessness Monitor 2020, released today, reveals at least 33,000 […]

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Social housing was one hell of a missed budget opportunity, but there’s time

October 8th, 2020 · No Comments · Economy, Government, Housing, Social housing, Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Tonight Labor will deliver its alternative budget and promise that if it was in government it would be investing A$500 million in fast-tracking repairs to social housing, and urging state governments to match it dollar for […]

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Why social housing stimulus is a measure Morrison cannot ignore

September 29th, 2020 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson (UNSW City Futures Research Centre). This post originally appeared on John Menadue’s ‘Pearls and Irritations’ site. Read the original story here. ‘Top economists back boosts to JobSeeker and social housing over tax cuts in pre-budget poll’ declared The Conversation’s Monday headline this week. But not only was social housing (followed by higher […]

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After COVID, we’ll need a rethink to repair Australia’s housing system and the economy

September 11th, 2020 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Economy, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Infrastructure, Productivity

By Hal Pawson, UNSW; Bill Randolph, UNSW; Chris Leishman, University of Adelaide; and Duncan Maclennan, University of Glasgow. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. A new report from the New South Wales Productivity Commission (NSWPC) announces that “[higher] housing costs […] impose broader economic costs”. […]

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NSW housing strategy: challenges to be faced, objectives to be owned

July 24th, 2020 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The NSW Government plans to publish a comprehensive housing strategy. This is the Executive Summary of the full CFRC submission to the strategy’s formulation. Three components are fundamental to any strategy: the setting of goals, the identification of actions to achieve those goals, and a plan for the mobilisation of resources to implement the specified […]

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Why the COVID Commission must back social housing stimulus

June 3rd, 2020 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Climate change, Construction, Economy, Government, Housing supply, Infrastructure, Pandemic, Social housing, Sustainability

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. The Prime Minister’s COVID Commission is supposed to be advising government on how to ‘facilitate the fastest possible recovery of lives and livelihoods’ after the pandemic. Yet it’s main focus appears to be the promotion of a fossil-fuelled medium-term industrial strategy tailored to mining interests. Advocacy for a […]

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Homelessness policy: summary of CFRC submission to Senate Inquiry

June 1st, 2020 · No Comments · Government, Social housing

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre In Australia and in other countries, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted extraordinary housing policy innovation and emergency spending. Since March an estimated 5,000 people have been rescued into temporary shelter across Australia. Alongside this, panicked by the vision of abrupt mass unemployment triggering a national rent arrears crisis, […]

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Coronavirus lays bare 5 big housing system flaws to be fixed

May 12th, 2020 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Construction, Economy, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing supply, Pandemic, Social housing, Tenancy, urban renewal

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre UNSW, and Peter Mares, Monash University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Australians had become used to walking past rough sleepers. Policymakers too, seemed unmoved by the people huddled in doorways or sheltering in parks under plastic sheets. […]

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