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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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Homeless numbers have jumped since COVID housing efforts ended – and the problem is spreading beyond the big cities

December 5th, 2022 · No Comments · Housing

By Hal Pawson (CFRC) and Cameron Parsell (University of Queensland). This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Homeless numbers have risen sharply across Australia, with soaring housing costs emerging as the biggest driver of the increase. The Australian Homelessness Monitor 2022, released today, reports that the […]

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Do tenancy reforms to protect renters cause landlords to exit the market? No, but maybe they should

November 29th, 2022 · No Comments · Housing, Law

By Chris Martin, UNSW Sydney; Milad Ghasri, UNSW Sydney; Sharon Parkinson, Swinburne University of Technology, and Zoe Goodall, Swinburne University of Technology. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. More Australians are renting their housing longer than in the past. But they have relatively little legal […]

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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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The elephant in the room: to broaden home ownership access, governments must tackle housing affordability head-on

September 20th, 2022 · No Comments · Affordability, Housing

By Prof Hal Pawson. Originally published at Red Brick, the UK housing policy blog. Boosting home ownership: an overriding housing policy objective for many decades, not only in Britain but the world over. And yet, as also seen in many countries, the past 10-20 years have witnessed owner occupancy rates static or falling – see […]

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Is it time to talk about rent control in Australia?

August 29th, 2022 · No Comments · Housing

By Ben Knight, UNSW Sydney. Originally published at UNSW Sydney Newsroom. The rising cost of everyday essentials has most people feeling the pinch. But if you’re a renter and haven’t already been hit with a rent increase, there’s a good chance you’re especially worried. Property data sources like CoreLogic show rents in Australia are climbing across […]

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Without meaningful national housing strategies, first-home buyer schemes will only increase owners’ wealth

July 7th, 2022 · No Comments · Housing

By Hal Pawson and Chris Martin. Originally published in The Guardian. The Albanese government plans new help for entering the market but systemic change is needed to tackle housing affordability. More than $20bn was given by Australian governments in tax breaks and cash grants to first-home buyers in the decade to 2021. While assisting access to home ownership is an […]

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Freezing indoors? That’s because Australian homes are closer to tents than insulated eco-buildings

June 14th, 2022 · No Comments · Climate change, Housing

By Associate Professor Philip Oldfield, Head of School, Built Environment, UNSW. Originally published at The Guardian. As winter sets in, and temperatures plummet, it can sometimes feel as cold inside as it does outside. The reason for this is the poor thermal performance of houses in Australia. Our homes need to be rapidly improved to […]

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Giving ex-prisoners public housing cuts crime and re-incarceration – and saves money

May 4th, 2022 · No Comments · Housing

By Chris Martin, UNSW Sydney; Eileen Baldry, UNSW Sydney; Patrick Burton, University of Tasmania; Rebecca Reeve, UNSW Sydney; Rob White, University of Tasmania; Ruth McCausland, UNSW Sydney, and Stuart Thomas, RMIT University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. “Going home” is a classic metaphor for […]

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