Search Results: housing affordability

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Housing fantasy quashed by culture of entitlement

    • Ellena Savage
    • 05 November 2015
    23 Comments

    When I was a child, the house I longed for in my adult future was blonde-bricked, double-storied, concrete-paved, white-carpeted. Now I am older, and renting a room in such a house is possible, if I share the place with six other paying adults. Because it is 2015, I live in Melbourne (the sixth-least affordable city to live in in the world), and am not a merchant banker. No concrete plot will ever by mine, I say in tune with the million other people my age who have just assimilated that knowledge.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Politicians' cognitive dissonance over blaming the system

    • Fatima Measham
    • 10 August 2015
    12 Comments

    Words like rorter, bludger and leaner only ever seem to apply to those who apply for welfare. A politician who draws down unreasonably on entitlements or a banker who earns stratospheric bonuses are seen as passive beneficiaries of the system. It seems the case that only those with power or capital are allowed to blame systems. The rest of us get to be individuals who make choices.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Budget more slow-burn than big bang

    • Jackie Brady
    • 13 May 2014
    3 Comments

    The Budget does not signal an end to the 'age of entitlement', as there are still plenty of beneficiaries of government expenditure or foregone revenue. You don't need to be an economist to see that collectively the Budget measures will impact negatively on the income levels of the poor and disadvantaged. The discussion now must be who will pick up the pieces left behind by Government in developing a system with obvious gaps.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    You don't have to be a communist to stand up for the poor

    • John Falzon
    • 26 March 2014
    16 Comments

    I reject the dystopian vision of an Australia where people experiencing poverty are made to endure expenditure cuts while the people who have the least need for assistance enjoy overly generous tax concessions. From time to time someone comes out of the woodwork and accuses me of being a communist but that's the least of my worries. What worries me is the myth that people living in poverty are to blame for their own situation. 

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  • ECONOMICS

    Life and death issues the election campaign missed

    • David James
    • 05 September 2013
    4 Comments

    Two of the most important issues to have been given scant attention in the election campaign are ageing and property. Even less noticed is the inter-relationship between the two. The effect of ageing on property prices will be arguably the most important financial challenge facing Australian governments over the coming decades.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Black hole budget will penalise the poor

    • Brian Toohey
    • 06 May 2013
    9 Comments

    Labor is struggling with a $12 billion write down in anticipated revenue for 2012-13 after Treasury bungled the forecasts. It could cut back on government assistance to those who can fend for themselves. But it has chosen to penalise the poor, with those on the parenting payment being switched to the lower Newstart. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Admiring the homeless

    • John Falzon
    • 13 June 2011
    8 Comments

    Far from being demonised, people living rough on the streets should be respected and admired for their tenacity and inventiveness. This week a group of business and community leaders will seek to learn from the people who live in the guts of our greatest social problem.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The Budget of social exclusion

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 12 May 2010
    23 Comments

    If a 'fiscally responsible Budget' can increase spending on Australia's representatives in elite sports by $237 million, it is hard to imagine that there is not room somewhere for our unemployed to eat a little better.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Waking up from the housing nightmare

    • Colin Long
    • 05 May 2008
    5 Comments

    It is not just Joe and Jo Suburbia that have a lot riding on real estate. Taking the heat out of house price inflation is extremely difficult, because the whole system is based on the expansion of credit and consumption that house price inflation allows.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    ‘Lazarus with a triple bypass’ could well become Harry Houdini

    • John Warhurst
    • 22 August 2007
    6 Comments

    While this election is still there to be won or lost, Labor is rightfully the hot favourite. But changes of government are rare in Australian politics, and there are four reasons why Labor might still lose.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Urban planning threatens Jakarta’s river dwellers

    • Ben Fraser
    • 08 August 2007

    More than 300,000 Jakarta residents were displaced following the floods in January. Preparedness for the next flood is compromised by the river dwellers' unlawful status, and the government’s desire to clear these slum areas from the riverbank.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Giving Anangu women a say on child protection

    • Joan Healy
    • 04 September 2006

    Four Josephite sisters and a child protection expert visit the western desert of South Australia. They hear that when parents cannot care for their children properly due to petrol sniffing and other factors, the 'Anangu way' is for grandmothers and aunties to step in. But they need financial support.

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