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Exiting prison with complex support needs: the role of housing assistance

August 23rd, 2021 · No Comments · Housing

By Dr Chris Martin, Dr Rebecca Reeve, Assoc Prof Ruth McCausland and Prof Eileen Baldry (UNSW), Pat Burton and Prof Rob White (UTas), and Prof Stuart Thomas (RMIT). One of the classic metaphors for exiting prison is ‘going home’. However, more than half of people exiting Australian prisons either expect to be homeless or don’t […]

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Boasting about budget expenditure numbers does not make for a housing policy

August 16th, 2021 · No Comments · Government, Housing

By Vivienne Milligan, Honorary Professor, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published at Pearls and Irritations, John Menadue’s Public Policy Journal. The Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Michael Sukkar, is fond of quoting large numbers when quizzed on what his government is doing to address Australia’s enduring housing crisis.  So, we hear for instance that […]

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Australia’s high house prices damage economic productivity, financial stability and equity

June 25th, 2021 · No Comments · Economy, Housing

By Duncan Maclennan, Hal Pawson and Bill Randolph. Originally published at Pearls and Irritations – John Menadue’s Public Policy Journal. Recent discussion has highlighted how rising house prices are rationing growing numbers of younger Australians into rental housing and lifestyle choices falling short of aspirations. Now there are warnings that future falling homeownership rates across most age cohorts could […]

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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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Dealing with apartment defects: a how-to guide for strata owners and buyers

December 14th, 2020 · No Comments · Housing, Housing conditions, Strata, Uncategorized

By Sian Thompson, UNSW; Bill Randolph, UNSW; Hazel Easthope, UNSW; Laura Crommelin, UNSW, and Martin Loosemore, University of Technology Sydney. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. If you own an apartment – or are thinking of buying one – the recent news about building quality […]

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$1 billion per year (or less) could halve rental housing stress

November 2nd, 2020 · No Comments · Affordability, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Private rental

By Rachel Ong ViforJ, Curtin University; Chris Martin, UNSW; Hal Pawson, UNSW, and Ranjodh B. Singh, Curtin University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. COVID has shown us what’s possible when it comes to alleviating poverty. For six months JobSeeker payments were doubled and then […]

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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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Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families

October 13th, 2020 · No Comments · Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Indigenous, Social housing

By kylie valentine, Kyllie Cripps, Kathleen Flanagan, Daphne Habibis, Chris Martin and Hazel Blunden. This is an edited extract from the executive summary of the AHURI Inquiry Report. Read the executive summary, the full report and the policy evidence summary here. Domestic and family violence (DFV), mental illness and problematic alcohol and other drug use […]

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