Only a small proportion of housing is affordable for low-income earners, while people on Newstart or Youth Allowance don't have any affordable options at all.
Labor will promise to ban direct borrowing by self-managed superannuation funds, as part of a housing affordability policy released on Friday.
Without proper planning, legalising Airbnb may make housing even more unavailable and unaffordable in high-demand suburbs.
For renting to become a truly viable, long-term alternative to home ownership, greater rental affordability and security is needed.
It's not the first time Australia has grappled with concerns about affordable housing. History offers insights that can help inform contemporary debates and policies.
What critics of the plan to use superannuation for housing miss is that Australia’s super system already channels a significant proportion of retirement savings into housing.
Today’s release of data from the 2016 Census allows us to identify some of Australians' more common characteristics, how they vary across states and territories, and how they are changing over time.
Scott Morrison will renew his warnings against tampering with negative gearing, in a speech on Monday.
Negative gearing plus inadequate supply plus low wage growth equals financial distress.
Economists struggle to agree on when and where housing bubbles occur, but bubbles all have similar characterisitics.
Declining interest rates has made housing more affordable over the past thirty years, but it has also increased the risk for homebuyers.
The latest thought bubbles about using super savings for housing might be less harmful than in the past, but they would be just as ineffective.
Victoria has been lagging behind other states in developing an affordable housing strategy. Now that one has been released, how well does it meet the needs of households on lower incomes?
Those whose parents own a home are able to take advantage of a wider set of opportunities than others.
The housing supply solution our leaders are advocating will only work if affordability is simply a problem of supply. In fact, Australia is almost a world leader in rates of new housing production.
The proposed housing affordability package in the May budget will target people relying on social housing as well as those trying to break into the market.
Although the federal-state agreement does it inadequately and lacks transparency, an enduring program of federal funding for operational expenses is essential to sustain the social housing system.
Weak state policies, which lack clear targets and mechanisms for providing more and better affordable housing, are part of the problem. Victoria still doesn't have an affordable housing strategy.
Generation Rent may force a complete rethinking of home ownership as a basis of our housing systems. Rather than representing security, these housing markets make us vulnerable.
Housing affordability is often not the only problem households face. More often the compounding effects of multiple problems leave people unable to cope, which is why one solution won't work for all.