Urban Research Unit (Research School of Social Sciences, ANU)

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Policy-making for Sydney's airport needs: a comparative and historical perspective

This paper disputes prevalent narratives that the decision to build a third runway at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport KSA) was a policy succcess. It argues that congestion at KSA was largely caused by unpredicted changes in the worldwide aviation sector, and not by past government...
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Gender differences in the attainment and experience of owner-occupation in Australia

This paper draws upon findings from the Australian Family Project (AFP, 1986) to address gender disparities associated with home ownership in Australia. It analyses demographic, health and life cycle data to determine predictors of home ownership.
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The Sydney Harbour Trust: the early years

This paper evaluates the role of the Sydney Harbour Trust in the first decade of its existence. The Trust is notable for being one of the first public bodies created through a transfer of powers from local authorities to an ad hoc board in New...
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The planning of places like Perth

This paper describes the mechanisms of producing and implementing urban plans in Western Australia. It also explores what can be learnt from the experiences of other planning committees in Australia and overseas.
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Achievement of home ownership among post-war Australian cohorts

This paper analyses the achievement of first home ownership among cohorts of women and men who have become adults since the Second World War. It examines the impacts of the housing market and home ownership policies, as well as decisions about marriage and children on...