The report presents original research on the housing preferences of Australians. A representative sample of over 700 residents in Sydney and Melbourne was asked to make real-world housing choices, limited by their budgets. The housing they chose was a much more varied mix than either city currently provides. In particular, the research suggests significant shortfalls of semi-detached housing and apartments in the middle and outer areas of both cities.
The second part of the report examines recent construction trends and argues that there are barriers to delivering more of the housing people say they want. These disincentives include the cost of materials and labour for buildings over four storeys, land assembly and preparation, and the risk and uncertainty of our planning systems, especially in Victoria. A subsequent Grattan report will recommend changes to the design of the housing market in order to provide people with more of the homes they say they want.
Sydneysider here. Not defending it, but I don't this policy is about making Sydney more "livable" (as in making it a better place to live for existing residents). I think it is about reducing house prices by increasing supply.
In this video, Judith Brett – author of Quarterly Essay 42: Fair Share: Country and City in Australia – and Don Watson discuss the fate of rural Australia – its health, its economy and its longevity. Observing the shift from ‘rural’ to ‘regional’ and from ‘country’ to ‘bush’, they unpick the complex relationships between urbanites and their bucolic brethren, tracing the political lineage of the country through farms and towns, agriculture and retail, tribalism and independence. ¶ Throughout this hour-long discussion, including numerous questions from the audience (many of whom, to Watson’s delight, have come from South Gippsland), the pair consider how regional Australia has changed over past decades, and ponder the role of government in propping up ailing communities and industries.
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