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The issue of child poverty and its links to housing costs are not widely acknowledged in Australia. from www.shutterstock.com

By 2030, ‘no Australian child will be living in poverty’ – why can’t we promise that?

Income poverty statistics tell us relatively little about why Australian children live in poverty, or how to alleviate it. But housing plays a critical part in the problem.
Australia is becoming more unequal. And Australia’s wealthiest people don’t seem to want to do anything about it. AAP/Joel Carrett

Australia’s rich give little – and a culture of secrecy surrounds their philanthropy

There is a view that philanthropy from super-wealthy individuals, rather than government policy, will be the force that changes the world for the better. But this seems unlikely in Australia.
Those living through the first Renaissance recognised that their age offered blinding possibilities, but that any gains would have to be achieved amid relentless shocks. The same is true today. Shutterstock

Pessimism is rife, optimism naive. Activism is the best tool for now

The first Renaissance struggled with the same doubts and uncertainties and blinding possibilities that we face today. Any gains we make will have to be achieved amid relentless shocks.
The Sirius building in 2014: only 12 or so residents are now left and they will soon be moved on. Jenny Noyes/New Zulu

In praise of the Sirius building, a ruined remnant of idealistic times

Sydney's Sirius building - a brutalist classic, providing public housing with waterfront views - will soon be gone. Its loss speaks volumes about our contemporary values and architecture's shift away from utopianism.

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