The new NSW premier is right to identify housing affordability as a priority for the people and economy of Sydney. It's not just housing supply that's the problem – action is needed on many fronts.
Before you spend up on heating and cooling, here are a few simple retrofits to try first.
Bigger houses take more energy to build them, and use more energy.
For the increasing proportion of people living in private rental accommodation who can expect to be dependent on the age pension, the prospects of financial and housing insecurity are grim.
Informal settlements are often undocumented or hidden on official maps, but they house about a billion people worldwide. Their existence demands a more sophisticated approach to urban development.
Do affordable housing projects drive down property values? Does neighbours' quality of life suffer? Case studies in Brisbane and Sydney suggest such fears aren't justified.
The government says its changes to foreign investment will increase housing supply and make it more affordable, but that's relying on narrow and possibly incorrect assumptions about investors.
Without better regulation, renting will still be insecure and unaffordable.
The community needs affordable housing and that requires meaningful targets for new developments. The only ones who will lose out are landholders who make windfall profits from rezoning.
While some forms of co-living seek to match modern lifestyles and a desire to downsize, other profit-driven models simply exploit a lack of affordable housing alternatives.
New research finds higher property prices are associated with higher household income and spending inequality.
It's not in developers' interests to flood the market with new housing – so will the government step in?
Super is the wrong tool to provide an adequate support in retirement for low-income earners. Our research shows top-up measures to help this group are poorly targeted and too expensive.
Not only is it cheaper to provide permanent supportive housing to the homeless, but the improvement to their lives is immeasurable.
A panel of experts on housing respond to Treasurer Scott Morrison's speech on improving the supply of housing in Australia.
The effects of unaffordable housing cascade into other areas of life, in particular, affecting mental health.
The need for new housing solutions for these low-income groups is clearly a pressing requirement.
By focusing on intergenerational inequalities that will eventually be reversed, we are framing the housing affordability question the wrong way.
There are still a number of factors pointing to the risk in Australia's housing market that the Reserve Bank hasn't noted in its latest risk analysis.
Here's how social and political power can come together in cities, to counteract the focus on short-term profit.