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The extra $1 billion Premier Gladys Berejiklian (left) and Social Housing Minister Pru Goward say will be ‘harnessed’ for social housing is actually Commonwealth Rent Assistance for which tenants transferred to community housing providers become eligible. Simon Bullard/AAP

‘Growth’ of community housing may be an illusion. The cost-shifting isn’t

For the first time a state government housing agency has effectively contracted out all its operations in some regions, but will this improve and add to the total social housing stock?
Practically, it must be recognised that full inclusion can only be achieved through a planned transition. Shutterstock

NSW could lead the way in educating students with a disability

Other states have had recent smaller inquiries, but the NSW inquiry into the education of children with a disability was across all systems, and could lead best practice nationally.
While people in WA might be spending less, there remains segments of the population that are vulnerable to intense cost of living pressures. shutterstock

Sydney the most expensive capital in Australia, Perth comes in fifth: new report

Households in NSW spend the most and WA households the least in Australia, but there are segments of WA who are feeling the bite more acutely in cost of living.
The goal of healthy built environments has been missing from the NSW planning agenda for too long. from www.shutterstock.com

The mysterious disappearance of health from New South Wales planning laws

The health impacts of urban and regional planning are undisputed. So why did the NSW government adopt and then discard health objectives as part of state planning legislation?
Some homeless youth facing criminal charges in NSW are being accommodated in prisons. Adrian Fallace/flikr

NSW bail laws mean well but are landing homeless kids in prison

Homeless children charged in NSW with a criminal offence who are unable to meet bail conditions are being kept in custody. It's due, in part, to a well-meant but flawed section of the Bail Act.
Rural and regional policy must be made in context, not in isolation. AAP/Lukas Coch

Reimagining NSW: how a happy, healthy regional and rural citizenry helps us all

It's time for a fresh look at community and policy development in rural and regional NSW – one that recognises that doing things differently will deliver benefits to urban populations as well.
A helping hand for school children from disadvantaged backgrounds would yield economic benefits for NSW. AAP Image/Joe Castro

Reimagining NSW: tackling education inequality with early intervention and better research

Evidence suggests early intervention to improve educational opportunities for low-income kids yields impressive long term results -- but we need to use better evaluation methods to know what works.
Australians do business with a title office only a couple of times in their lives – when they buy and sell their homes, for instances. AAP/Paul Miller

What are the implications of privatising land title offices?

Privatisation has its advantages. But Australia’s title offices may not necessarily be the right government businesses to be privatised.
More than 60% of Australian households include at least one companion animal, which are seen as family members by 88% of these. from www.shutterstock.com

With the rise of apartment living, what’s a nation of pet owners to do?

With a majority of households having pets and growing numbers living in apartments, a review of regulations on keeping animals in such communities is timely.
Urban plans that consider health and well-being must be part of integrative planning policies. Jason Wesley Upton/flickr

A healthy approach: how to turn what we know about liveable cities into public policy

Urban planning aims to create cities that support healthy and productive communities, and the success in putting health on the NSW planning agenda offers lessons in achieving better integrated policy.
One of the most dangerous times in an abusive relationship is when it ends – which was when Clare Wood was murdered by her ex-partner. Paul Millar/AAP

Violent offenders registers sound good, but are a costly, unproven distraction

Giving people the right to ask about their partner’s history of domestic violence sounds like a good idea – but there are good reasons why Rosie Batty and others have raised concerns.

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