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Why public housing is stigmatised and how we can fix it

August 7th, 2020 · No Comments · Housing, Social housing, Uncategorized

Alistair Sisson, UNSW and Pratichi Chatterjee, University of Sydney Social and public housing is intensely stigmatised in Australia and has been for several decades. Estates in particular are often labelled “ghettos”, framed as places of danger, drugs and vice. This stigma can lead to discrimination against tenants and can harm their sense of self-worth, as […]

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NSW housing strategy: challenges to be faced, objectives to be owned

July 24th, 2020 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The NSW Government plans to publish a comprehensive housing strategy. This is the Executive Summary of the full CFRC submission to the strategy’s formulation. Three components are fundamental to any strategy: the setting of goals, the identification of actions to achieve those goals, and a plan for the mobilisation of resources to implement the specified […]

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Far-reaching housing tax reform could be back on the agenda

May 10th, 2020 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, CFRC The pitch to replace stamp duty with a broad-based land tax has recently seen a new surge of advocacy. Just in the past couple of weeks the Reserve Bank Governor together with state Treasurers in both NSW and Victoria have all weighed into this debate once again, arguing that […]

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Rents can and should be reduced or suspended for the coronavirus pandemic

April 8th, 2020 · No Comments · Affordability, Economy, Government, Housing, Law, Tenancy, Uncategorized

By Chris Martin, City Futures Research Centre. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The National Cabinet announced a moratorium on evictions just over a week ago in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As government ministers and commentators have tried to make clear, it’s intended only […]

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Siloed construction industry reform will fail: We need systems thinking

October 11th, 2019 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Prof Martin Loosemore, UNSW First published in the Fifth Estate. Read the original article here. What is interesting about Dame Judith Hackitt’s final report that was commissioned by the UK government following the Grenfell Tower disaster is that it didn’t pin the blame on the cladding, but identified a wider systemic problem in the […]

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Does NSW really need to double its social housing output?

June 23rd, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By: Hal Pawson, Associate Director, CFRC ‘Homelessness: NSW government ‘must double public housing’ soberly declared the Daily Telegraph’s Saturday headline. This, above a story warning that ‘The NSW government needs to double the amount of social and affordable housing it aims to build to prevent a huge leap in homelessness’ according to ‘experts’. Further, ‘the […]

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Wealthy landlords and more sharehousing: how the rental sector is changing

April 5th, 2018 · No Comments · Demographics, Finance, Government, Housing, Housing conditions, Marginal rental, Private rental, Tenancy, Uncategorized

By Chris Martin. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. More people are becoming heavily indebted by buying rental properties and shared accommodation is flourishing, as third party tech platforms help people find a place without a real estate agent. A new report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research […]

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New report maps the route to affordable housing expansion

October 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Housing supply, Social housing, Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. Important new steps towards expanding Australia’s affordable housing were mapped out in a hard-hitting official report, published last week. The paper, by the Affordable Housing Working Group reporting to the Council for Federal Financial Relations, draws substantially on recent City Futures Research Centre findings. Its main purpose is […]

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More questions than answers in NSW ‘strategic housing’ announcement

January 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Government, Housing supply, Social housing, Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson and Vivienne Milligan Finally, the long wait is over. Five years after taking office the State Government’s Family and Community Services Department (FACS) has at last pronounced on ‘Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW’. All of the paper’s broad themes – modernisation, additional supply and supporting tenants – will resonate with the […]

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When developers come knocking: why strata law shake-up won’t deliver cheaper housing

November 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Cities, Housing, Housing supply, Strata, Uncategorized

Originally published in The Conversation by Laurence Troy, Bill Randolph, Hazel Easthope and Laura Crommelin Recent changes to strata title legislation in NSW will remove the need for all owners to agree to sell or redevelop their apartment block as a whole. This means that some owners may now have their apartments sold against their […]

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