Policy report

Housing addicts? How the ‘Australian dream’ became a national nightmare

Housing Housing prices Affordable housing Housing assistance Australia

In this lively and thoughtful inaugural John Curtin Research Centre essay, Zelinsky argues that the present housing market reflects a dangerous public policy failure where a worthwhile national aspiration – the so-called ‘Australian dream’ of owning your own home – has combined with generous tax concessions, poor government planning and a lack of investment imagination to pose a serious threat to our ‘fair go’ economy and society. This report presents an impassioned case for saving the great Australian dream.

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John Curtin Research Centre Essay Series no.1, 2017