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The continued preference for detached housing in new suburbs is driving Perth’s urban sprawl and means two-thirds of dwellings built over the next 15 years need to be on infill sites to meet the state’s target. perthhdproductions/flickr

To cut urban sprawl, we need quality infill housing displays to win over the public

Government and industry need to demonstrate the benefits of well-designed higher-density housing. Rich residential display projects may be the ideal catalyst for creating smarter cities.
Only Tasmania and South Australia have introduced legislation that provides for minimum standards in rental properties. Huguette Roe from www.shutterstock.com

Dickensian approach to residential tenants lingers in Australian law

With tenancy laws under review, a ruling that landlords must maintain residential premises in good repair even if dilapidated is hailed as a 'landmark' decision. That tells us reform is needed.
The historical, social and moral reasons for retaining the Sirius Building for public housing are compelling, but the state government is focused on the money from its sale. Jenny Noyes/Newzulu/AAP

Why moving out public housing tenants is a tragedy for Millers Point and for Sydney

The state is ignoring historical, social and moral reasons to keep public housing in Heritage areas of Sydney. Its sell-off will further divide the city between rich and poor and end a rich history.
The rear of 30-32 Oxford Street, an area of Sydney affected by an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900. Wikimedia/NSW State Archives

Why 100 years without slum housing in Australia is coming to an end

New research finds almost a million Australians are living in poor or very poor-quality housing, with more than 100,000 in dwellings regarded as very poor or derelict.
An emerging model for enabling people with disability to live to full capacity is through the use of social impact bonds. AAP/Lukas Coch

Reimagining NSW: four ways to boost community well-being and why it matters

Healthy, engaged people and communities will be crucial for a prosperous future for New South Wales. Here are four areas of policy focus that will help achieve that.
A colorized 1937 photograph of a shantytown on the outskirts of Seattle. photoretrofit/Reddit

In Rio’s bulldozed favelas, echoes of America’s shantytowns

Like Brazil's favela dwellers, America's working poor felt a sense of pride and community in their shantytowns – and desperately resisted the powerful interests that sought to demolish them.
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What does Brexit mean for UK housing?

A drop in migration from the EU would ease demand for housing, but also reduce the availability of those legendary Polish house builders, who will be hard to replace with local labour.
A national housing policy is needed that recognises how all the sectors – buying, renting, investing, social housing or homeless – are connected. AAP/Paul Miller

Our cities will stop working without a decent national housing policy

A decent national housing policy is not just about the million or so Australians who are in housing need, marginal housing or homeless. In reality, all the housing sectors are connected.
Almost one in three older Australians would like to downsize to reduce the demands of maintaining their garden, but many can’t find alternative homes to suit their needs. Pierdelune from www.shutterstock.com

Lack of housing choice frustrates would-be downsizers

Australia’s housing stock is not meeting the demands of older Australians, according to a new report.
Crane numbers, in this case in Darlington, Sydney, are an indication of the number of new units coming onto the market. Francisco Anzola/flickr

Might Labor’s negative-gearing policy yet save the housing market?

We are hearing dire warnings from property interests fighting against changes to negative gearing. But what if Labor's proposed changes actually support demand for the flood of new properties?

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