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Australia as a nation has never been richer. But it is now also more unequal than at any time since the early 1980s.
Public housing is in crisis across Australia. Public waiting list times continue to grow longer and longer as demand for public housing has risen well beyond capacity, with the situation only getting worse by the year.
Our housing stock was, and continues to be, designed and built for people who lived in previous centuries. The result is housing that discriminates and excludes, and that is becoming increasingly unaffordable.
Autonomous vehicles could lead to a decline in active travel in cities and an increase in economic, social and environmental costs.
Many people think the vendor is required to disclose matters that affect the property value, particularly if the buyer has no other means of finding out the full history of the house. For instance, if someone was murdered in the house, do the buyers have a right to be told?
The Australian energy industry has now demonstrated the capacity to deliver 100 percent renewable electricity by the early 2030s, if the current rate of installations continues beyond the end of this decade.
The question of which city is the most liveable is an annual hot topic. Competition is fierce, especially between Melbourne and Sydney.
Australia has found Australia has three times the potential needed to reach the federal government’s current 2030 target, but this will not be achieved under current policy settings.
To make a difference to housing stress and the risk of homelessness, Plan Melbourne’s commitment to using vacant or under-utilised government land needs to be scaled up and refocused.
The Productivity Commission – the Australian government’s highly influential economic advisory body – released a report titled Rising Inequality? last week. The question mark indicates its scepticism.
The poorer you are, the harder it is to participate in and contribute to society. The way people’s surroundings are designed reflects and amplifies this profound injustice.
Many people still think children belong in the suburbs, and that the lack of family-appropriate apartments is the natural outcome of a housing product driven by investors.