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In April 2011 the federal government established an Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians to ensure the potential of the older members of our community is considered in a range of policy debates. The panel's three reports and the government's response are...
This essay argues that real house prices are being pushed up to levels which require buyers to take on large amounts of debt that are repaid later in the life course. As a result Australian home buyers are exposed to higher levels of credit risk...
This Sustainable Population Strategy outlines the Government’s framework for a sustainable Australia. It will help to ensure that future population change is compatible with the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of Australia.
There are cultural costs and benefits associated with where one chooses to live in Australia.
City living, for example, offers proximity to a greater range of cultural opportunities but carries higher costs of living than in a smaller town. Better access and variety is...
This Positioning paper is the first output of an AHURI Project on Housing, Public Policy and Social Inclusion. The project will explore the ways in which housing processes can affect economic and social disadvantage, and whether, and to what extent, housing and related policies and...
The reforms of the 1980s and 90s have worked their way through our economy and our society. We have enjoyed their benefits, but the jump in living standards they enabled has now faded from memory. This has been replaced by a dangerous complacency which holds...
This Positioning Paper is the first output of a project that explores the housing options and actual housing circumstances of asset-poor older Australians.
On 5 March 2010, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government launched the State of Australian Cities 2010 report (Australian Government 2010).
The report was prepared by the Major Cities Unit, part of Infrastructure Australia,...
As first-home buyers make greater use of mortgages to fund purchases than do repeat buyers, a shift in the composition of turnover helps to explain the recent divergence in movements in housing prices and loan approvals.
While housing turnover varies over time, on average,...
This study is concerned with questions about the purpose of regulatory frameworks; the impact of regulation, especially impacts on service outcomes and organisational culture; and the development of effective regulation.
The objective of this positioning paper is to review the potential strengths...