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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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First home ownership assistance schemes: how does Australia compare with other countries?

April 19th, 2024 · No Comments · Government, Housing

By Chris Martin and Hal Pawson. This is an edited version of the abstract of our new article, Australian first home ownership assistance schemes: International comparison and assessment, published in Australian Economic Papers. Australia, like most developed countries, has promoted homeownership as an express housing policy goal for many decades. Domestically and internationally, recent years […]

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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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Embedding Indigenous advice in government policy key to real change

September 8th, 2023 · No Comments · Government, Housing, Indigenous

By Hon Prof Vivienne Milligan, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published at Pearls and Irritations, John Menadure’s Public Policy Journal. In discussions of the upcoming referendum on establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice, a question often raised is how will it make a difference? This has been difficult for advocates to address because instances […]

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To deliver enough affordable housing and end homelessness, what must a national strategy do?

June 20th, 2023 · No Comments · Government, Housing

By Chris Martin. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The Albanese government came to office promising action on housing. Its A$10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund is now stuck in the Senate, with the Greens demanding more ambitious funding and reforms. The government is also […]

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1 million homes target makes headlines, but can’t mask modest ambition of budget’s housing plans

October 27th, 2022 · No Comments · Government, Housing

By Hal Pawson, UNSW Sydney. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Housing took centre stage in Treasurer Jim Chalmers’s first budget this week. Relatively modest but positive steps were made towards tackling Australia’s worsening shortage of affordable social housing, as well as the broader challenge […]

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The market has failed to give Australians affordable housing, so don’t expect it to solve the crisis

October 14th, 2022 · No Comments · Government, Guest appearance, Housing

By Hal Pawson, UNSW Sydney; Bill Randolph, UNSW Sydney; Chris Leishman, University of South Australia; Nicole Gurran, University of Sydney; Peter Mares, Monash University; Peter Phibbs, University of Sydney, and Vivienne Milligan, UNSW Sydney. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The federal Labor government has […]

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Unprincipled moves: Is World Health Day worth celebrating?

April 19th, 2022 · No Comments · Government, Wellbeing

By Susan Thompson, Norma Shankie-Williams and Danny Wiggins. Originally published by The Fifth Estate for World Health Day (7 April). Our physical environment is central to our health. So with the NSW government dumping the D&P SEPP, is there much to celebrate this World Health Day? We celebrate and affirm many important causes and programs […]

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Housing in the coming federal election

March 10th, 2022 · No Comments · Government, Housing

By Prof Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published at John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations. Very largely thanks to economic stimulus pumped into the economy to ward off COVID recession, Australia’s housing is now 30% more expensive than in 2019. Add to that, the recent spike in rent inflation greater than at any time since 2008, and […]

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Introductory Remarks to Parliamentary Inquiry hearing: Housing affordability and Supply in Australia, 17 November 2021

November 17th, 2021 · No Comments · Affordability, Government, Housing, Housing supply

By Prof Bill Randolph and Prof Hal Pawson. We’d like to thank the Committee for inviting us to address you this morning. The issue of housing supply and its relationship to housing affordability is central to the pursuit of essential reforms to national housing policy. The City Futures Research Centre is one of the leading […]

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