Thursday, July 11, 2024

Month: March 2024

Australia’s Housing Crisis Has Become A Fierce Political Battle

Australia’s housing crisis has become a fierce political battle that could have major implications for the next federal election

A fierce battle over housing is set to intensify and define the next federal election as Labor, the Coalition and the Greens target a growing cohort of voters who believe they’ve been locked out of home ownership for life.

The great Australian dream of owning your own home has been fading for a long time — there’s nothing new about this. But the crisis is now baked in — and it has arguably become the big generational disrupter, changing votes and threatening to hurt the government at the next poll.

Read the original article at abc.com.au

We Need A Different Conversation About Australia’s Housing Supply

Talk of increasing the supply of housing to increase housing and rental affordability is only pedalling private financial interest and obfuscating the real problem.

During a recent appearance on the ABC’s Insiders program, the Australian Greens’ housing spokesperson, Max Chandler-Mather, cited the figure of more than 1 million vacant homes to argue the Greens’ case for curbing negative gearing and tax concessions for property investors.

Since then, media pundits have picked through the latest (2021) Census numbers in an effort to discredit his argument, all the while letting the “more supply” argument proliferate unchecked. And while the Member for Griffith may be overstating the numbers, he is not wrong in asserting that “we have enough homes for people to live in.”

Read the original article at architectureau.com