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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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Challenging the notion of housing reform as ‘political suicide’: household financial stress analysis of Australian political constituencies

October 28th, 2021 · No Comments · Affordability, Government, Housing

By William Thackway & Bill Randolph, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published by the Fifth Estate. In Australia, where more than 60% of voters own their own home, the notion of housing reform policies that may negatively impact housing prices is widely viewed as “political suicide” (Raabus, 2021). The term has been used to describe […]

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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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