Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Month: January 2024

27 Million Milestone Stirs ‘Population Panic’

There are now 27 million Australians, thanks to the fastest population growth in the country’s recent history.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ population clock hit the milestone on January 24 about 3.30pm.

Australia’s population rose by 624,100 people in the 12 months to June 2023 – a 2.3% increase.

This is faster than the 10-year average of 1.4%.

ANU demographer Liz Allen said some segments of the media are exploiting population growth to sow panic about migration.

“Despite all the population panic going on at the moment, demographers have been well aware of this milestone,” she said.

The Future Of Housing In Australia Is Apartments. Lots And Lots Of Apartments

Australia’s big cities have lots of apartments and are getting even more.

Sydney is now just 56% separate homes, according to the most recent data. That is down from 63% in 2001. Most other big capitals are on the same trajectory, as the next chart shows.

Meanwhile, the latest building approvals data shows we plan to build more apartments still.

In Sydney and the ACT a majority of approvals are for dwellings other than separate homes, suggesting that before long Sydney will have separate homes as a minority. Canberra is further from that eventuality but rushing there quickly.

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Aussie Housing Shift: Embracing Vertical Living In Cities Amidst Challenges

The dream Aussie lifestyle has traditionally been synonymous with owning a home with lots of space. But Australia’s housing crisis is sparking a trend towards vertical living in its cities

Australian homes have long ranked among the most spacious in the world.

Having several bedrooms, a study, and a big backyard for entertaining guests around a barbecue is a common aspiration for most Aussies and one that has historically been easily attainable.

Yet the vision of the Australian dream home is disappearing amid a housing crisis that is forcing developers to build up rather than out.

Don’t Scapegoat Migrants For Housing Crisis, Warn Housing Organisations

Forty housing and homelessness organisations have warned Australian leaders not to blame overseas migrants for government problems.

Major community services groups across Australia have signed a petition to the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader conveying their concern that new migrants are being inaccurately painted as the driving cause of the housing affordability crisis.

A total of 40 organisations, including National Shelter, the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) and the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA), wrote the letter in response to “disturbing rhetoric” linking the housing crisis to migration levels.

Maiy Azize, spokesperson for Everybody’s Home and coordinator of the letter, said that it is “nonsense to blame overseas migration as a primary driver of a housing crisis that has been decades in the making”.