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The housing crisis hit Queensland hard. Jolted into action, the state has raised its game

June 5th, 2024 · No Comments · Housing

By Hal Pawson. Post-COVID housing stress has been especially intense in Queensland. Brisbane property prices have climbed by 65% since the pandemic began. That’s almost double the Australian capital city average (34%). According to new data released by CoreLogic this week, Brisbane now has the second-most expensive housing in the country, behind Sydney. Prices rose […]

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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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Leasing your way to owning: how do rent-to-buy schemes measure up against the alternatives?

May 31st, 2023 · No Comments · Housing

By Hal Pawson If you’re an Australian born after 1995 it’s increasingly unlikely you’ll be buying your first home anytime soon. The 2021 Census confirmed what had been suspected: the number of people aged between 30 and 34 who owned their own house, had slipped to just 50%. That’s a drop of 14 percent in […]

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The post-COVID crisis hit Queensland hardest. With 100,000 households needing low-cost housing, here’s how it can recover

April 6th, 2023 · No Comments · Housing

By Hal Pawson. A version of this story was first published in The Conversation. Read the original article here. While the COVID emergency has waned over the past year, pandemic-generated pressures have left our rental housing market reeling. Australia-wide, vacancy rates remain close to rock bottom levels, while rental prices have been soared at record […]

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Albanese government tackles housing crisis on 3 fronts, but there’s still more to do

February 9th, 2023 · No Comments · Housing

By Hal Pawson First published in The Conversation – read the original story here The Albanese government’s housing package moved a step closer to delivery with the recent release of draft legislation and bills tabled in parliament. After a decade of general federal disengagement from housing policy (first home ownership being the main exception), this […]

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Planning, regulation, the local state and the housing crisis in England

February 8th, 2023 · No Comments · Guest appearance, Housing

By Assoc Prof Ben Clifford, University College London. This post comes out of Assoc Prof Clifford’s September 2022 presentation in the City Futures Seminar Series. In England, as in Australia, the housing crisis, and its links to planning reform debates, has remained high on the political agenda for many years. Recent months have seen tensions […]

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