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Time to rethink the Great Australian Dream

30 April 2019

Election 2019 | The central goals of housing policy have been lost in debates about tax breaks for landlords

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Mortgage belt: the Australian tax system encourages overinvestment in certain kinds of housing. jandrielombard/iStockphoto

Mortgage belt: the Australian tax system encourages overinvestment in certain kinds of housing. jandrielombard/iStockphoto


Homelessness is entrenched and many Australians face overwhelming housing costs, yet housing policy has slipped off the political agenda. In this discussion with Peter Clarke, housing specialists Wendy Stone and Peter Mares trace the rise and fall of housing policy in Australia, and how the right to adequate, affordable housing can be brought back to the centre of policymaking.

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Around a quarter of working-age Australian men and nearly a third of working-age women experienced a period of income poverty in the ten-year period after 2001. Nastco/iStockphoto

Around a quarter of working-age Australian men and nearly a third of working-age women experienced a period of income poverty in the ten-year period after 2001. Nastco/iStockphoto