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Margaret Reynolds

The Hon. Margaret Reynolds became the first female Australian Labor Party senator to represent Queensland when she was elected to the Senate in 1983. Prior to entering Parliament, she worked as a teacher, lecturer and councillor on Townsville City Council.
During her parliamentary career Senator Reynolds was Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government, Minister for Local Government and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. She chaired the Senate Privileges Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies, as well as a number of Senate estimates committees.
In the Senate, Reynolds maintained a strong voice on a range of issues notably women’s rights, women’s reproductive health, civil liberties, international human rights, native title, Aboriginal health, education and reconciliation and the environment. She was also deeply committed to the increased participation of women in parliament.
Reynolds was a federal government representative on the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (1991–96) and served as parliamentary adviser at the United Nations General Assembly in 1997. After her retirement from parliamentary politics in 1999, she became the national president of the United Nations Association of Australia, and taught international human rights at the University of Queensland.


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27 Jun 2017

The great Australia dream of owning your own home is still alive despite the various problems plaguing housing affordability, new Census data shows. Even though the overall home ownership trend remains strong, it’s masking other issues.

The latest 2016 Census data assesses what the...

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22 Dec 2016

Recent evidence suggests households exposed to unaffordable housing include children, young people and their families. We know remarkably little, however, about the magnitude of this problem, and are only beginning to understand some of the ways these trends affect the childhoods and...

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22 Dec 2016

Many households exposed to unaffordable housing include dependent children and young people (Rowley and Ong 2012; Stone et al 2013). We know remarkably little, however, about the magnitude of this problem, and are only beginning to understand some of the ways these trends affect the...

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17 Aug 2015

The research sought to measure  whether lower income households are able to access housing which is ‘affordable’ based on weekly rent of no more than 30 per cent of gross household income and ‘available’ referring to the extent to which affordable dwellings are in fact occupied by lower income...

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10 Jun 2015

The research sought to measure  whether lower income households are able to access housing which is ‘affordable’ based on weekly rent of no more than 30 per cent of gross household income and ‘available’ referring to the extent to which affordable dwellings are in fact occupied by lower income...

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07 Dec 2014

Examines the supply of, and demand for, private rental dwellings affordable to lower income households in 2011 and compared this with the situation in 2006.

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Almost one in four Australian households rent their housing in the...

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23 Jul 2014

Spatial concentrations of socially and economically disadvantaged people, particularly in large cities, have been the subject of considerable policy debates in Australia over the past 30 years. A variety of terms have been used in these debates including: urban poverty, locational disadvantage,...

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13 May 2013

This is the final report of a project that investigated the housing experiences of social excluded households in different types of local areas.

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Social exclusion is measured across a range of life domains, such as access to material resources,...

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15 Mar 2012

The concept of social inclusion entered Australian policy discourse and practice following an extended period of conceptual, practice and empirical policy-oriented work internationally, most notably in France initially, the UK and within the ongoing activities of the European Union. Housing is...

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17 Jan 2011

Gentrification raises concerns about segregation, social mix and sustainability issues for Australian cities. This report examines the process and its impact. 

 

The report looks at three main questions:

How much gentrification has actually taken place over the...

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