Housing

Jun
13
A hand puppet mastering a house.

Is it time for housing coercion?

A more forceful, top-down approach might be the solution to Australia's housing crisis.
10 min read
May
29
Australia's demographic dilemma

Australia's demographic dilemma

Australia's migration slowdown will ease housing issues but exacerbate its ageing population and fiscal problems, requiring unpopular entitlement reform and improved fertility rates to sustainably fund old-age benefits.
9 min read
May
20
Cutting migration won't solve the housing crisis

Cutting migration won't solve the housing crisis

Peter Dutton claims cutting migration will free up over 100,000 homes and fix Australia's housing crisis. But his numbers don't add up and the impact will likely be minimal. Dutton's playing to anti-migration sentiment rather than addressing the real policy drivers behind unaffordable housing.
8 min read
May
15
AI image of the club house of bad ideas.

Let's not make the housing crisis even worse

The government's policies are unlikely to solve Australia's current housing crisis, which stems from both long-term zoning issues and a recent spike in construction costs. But it could be worse - at least they've avoided reckless ideas like rent freezes, which would devastate the housing market.
11 min read
Mar
12
A public property developer won't fix housing

A public property developer won't fix housing

The Greens released their much-hyped housing plan last week and while I wouldn't normally give this much attention
9 min read
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