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The Commons apartment building in the inner Melbourne suburb of Brunswick has won swags of awards, including the Best of Best at the 2014 BPN Sustainability Awards. Among its many lauded attributes is its total lack of on-site car parking.
Residents get a yearly...
This report considers a range of data and regulatory and policy interventions from international and domestic jurisdictions with the objective of improving the provision of utilities for private rental housing in Victoria.
There are a range of issues affecting the provision...
Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens seems to think we should expect lower long-term growth. But what do the figures say?
No recession since 1974–75 has done less damage to the Australian economy in the short term. Yet, amazingly, the recession of 2008–09 has...
Speculative property developers, criticised for building dog boxes and the slums of tomorrow, are generally hated by urban planners and the public alike. But the doors of state governments are seemingly always open to developers and their lobbyists.
Politicians find it hard to say...
Why are we angered by stories of Greek hairdressers retiring at fifty on public pensions yet unmoved at the thought of bailed-out German bankers being chauffeured around town?
In October 2000, a few weeks before the US presidential election, I heard Ralph Nader...
This report argues that Australia's housing market is not meeting the needs of all Australians, which is reflected in declining home ownership rates, and recommends extensive reforms.
In this report, the committee underscores the importance of affordable, secure and suitable...
Does it seem that every time the world watches refugees flee violence and persecution while politicians claim their country can't possibly take in asylum seekers, we lamentingly claim that the world will never again turn its back on these people.
And yet the next...
This paper reports on a research project that compares and evaluates different demand subsidy models for private renters, to enable a more informed debate in Australia about the future of RA.
The research examined and reviewed demand subsidy models for private renters in Australia compared to New Zealand, Canada and the US.