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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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Priority actions for the next federal housing minister

May 3rd, 2022 · No Comments · Housing

By Hal Pawson, CFRC Housing is yet again up there as a major concern in this year’s federal election debate. Given the rising cost of putting a roof over your head in today’s Australia, that’s hardly surprising. Buying a home will now set you back 30% more than at the start of the Morrison government’s […]

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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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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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