Housing

Feb
12
How big is too big?

How big is too big?

Dick Smith wants to cap Australia's population at 30 million over concerns about a lack of resources and housing costs. In doing so he falls for the 'lump of labour' fallacy, and fails Econ 101: it's poor planning, not immigrants, that erodes housing affordability in Australia.
7 min read
Feb
01
Inching towards affordable housing

Inching towards affordable housing

NSW, WA and SA have all announced steps that will increase housing supply. But to improve housing affordability for good, we need to ensure it's politically sustainable. That means communicating with locals and lifting density across entire cities, not just in 'well-located' areas.
11 min read
Nov
14

Don’t blame immigrants for the housing mess

Whether immigrants fuel inflation is a complicated question, in part because there’s no single, uniform “immigrant”. Immigrants can be
5 min read
Nov
10

Inviting criminality

When you create a system that makes it costly to do things ‘by the book’ – common examples are drugs, guns
2 min read
Nov
08

Good news from Denmark

Denmark has a housing problem. Not Denmark the country, but Denmark Western Australia – population 2,375 – which happens to be
3 min read
Oct
27

Inflation's winners and losers

Who has fared the worst from the recent bout of inflation and ongoing cost of living crisis? It’s not
2 min read
Oct
18

Bring on the granny flats

Australia has a housing problem: we simply haven’t built enough of them to accommodate our growing population, which the
3 min read
Oct
13

Numbers tell the story

According to this tweet (usual caveats apply), a new Deutsche Bank report implied that Australia’s housing crisis is about
2 min read
Aug
19

The cooler heads prevailed

National Cabinet – where Australia’s States and federal government get together to try to agree on national policy – reached an
3 min read