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The Australian public purse is already pumping big money into housing – just not where it’s needed

May 24th, 2021 · No Comments · Housing

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in The Guardian. Housing once again looks set to form a major bone of contention in the coming general election. That much was clear from the ALP’s recent budget response. Labor had already backed the Coalition’s first homeowner initiatives. But opposition leader Anthony Albanese’s budget reply pledge […]

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Albanese’s $10bn pledge pushes housing needs back into the limelight

May 14th, 2021 · No Comments · Housing

Hal Pawson, Professor of Housing Research and Policy, and Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s budget reply speech last night highlighted Australia’s huge unnmet need for social and affordable housing. It’s once again shaping […]

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A Housing Strategy for NSW: a good idea, but Housing 2041 falls short

May 10th, 2021 · No Comments · Housing

By Hal Pawson and Vivienne Milligan. First published by The Fifth Estate. The NSW government’s new 20-year housing strategy gives a broad nod to issues at play while offering few actionable solutions. With a transition from stamp duty to land tax flagged in Treasurer Dominic Perrottet’s 2020 NSW budget it appeared that the state could be on […]

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Rising house prices putting at risk the economic stability of the nation

March 11th, 2021 · No Comments · Affordability, Economy, Guest appearance

By Duncan Maclennan, Jinqiao Long, Hal Pawson, Bill Randolph, Fatemeh Aminpour and Chris Leishman. Originally published (and headlined) by John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations. Image credit – Unsplash. Housing unaffordability is causing real economic damage that governments must treat more seriously. Put simply, rising mortgage debt poses risks for national economic stability, while current housing policies […]

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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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