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Reimagining NSW: four ways to boost community well-being and why it matters – Emma Power et al. – The Conversation
“Healthy, engaged people and communities will be crucial in a prosperous future for New South Wales. That’s not a new idea – it’s another way of saying everyone should have a fair go or we all suffer.”

Commuters help regions tap into city-driven growth – Todd Denham – The Conversation
“Census data also indicate that a significant number of these metropolitan escapees work in Melbourne. In Geelong, 2011 Census data show that more than 11,000 residents of the regional city travelled to work in Melbourne. That was nearly 13% of the city’s resident workforce.”

Australia’s ghost suburbs a ‘national scandal’ – Staff writers – news.com.au
“The researchers claimed it is a “major myth” that scarcity of housing was driving up prices, pointing the finger instead at the “perverse effects of our highly skewed housing taxation and subsidy system”. “[There] is a clear concentration of unoccupied dwellings in central parts of all our metropolitan areas,” they write.”

Census 2016: Affordable housing shortage in rural Australia has homelessness at ‘crisis point’ – Lucy Barbour – ABC News
“The last Census found that 60 per cent of Australians sleeping rough were outside the major cities, 40 per cent of couch surfers were in country towns and 55 per cent of people sleeping in severely overcrowded dwellings were also in rural locations.”

We need a fairer plan for Sydney’s housing affordability problem – Nick Greiner – SMH
“Currently the gap between social housing and market rental is so great that there is a perverse incentive to stay in social housing. Affordable housing provides a step out of welfare dependency.”

The basic reason why there just isn’t enough decent housing for the poor – Emily Badger – The Washington Post
“”Building affordable housing is truly a public-private partnership,” Poethig says, “and the private only takes you so far.” Most of these properties will require some kind of aid for both the renter and the developer.”

Homelessness is the canary in the coal mine of a much bigger issue – Robert Pradolin – LinkedIn
“Firstly, we need a national housing strategy – one that ensures all members of society, rich or poor, have a stable form of housing so they can be productive members of society and contribute to our economy. Just like roads and rail, housing is critical economic infrastructure. Providing stable shelter maximizes a person or families ability to actively contribute to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

Public Housing Works: Lessons from Vienna and Singapore –  Anna Bergren Miller – Shareable
“There is a general political consensus that society should be responsible for housing supply, and that housing is a basic human need that should not be subject to free market mechanisms; rather, society should ensure that a sufficient number of dwellings are available.”

The most interesting ideas in architecture right now- Fred Bernstein – TED ideas
“Arrival cities should provide cheap rents, access to ethnic networks that facilitate adjustment and easy transportation to jobs. Many of the ideas were derived from the 2010 book Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World, by Canadian journalist Doug Saunders”

We must never forget shelter is a basic human right – Catherine Yeomans – Mission Australia
Housing is a necessity because it is the foundation that allows individuals’ participation in the workforce. Secure, affordable housing is also a central piece of our national economic infrastructure. Overly high housing costs also restrict people’s ability to invest and save for retirement. Increased homelessness increases the costs to the health and justice systems, so doing nothing is actually more expensive for Australian taxpayers.

Federal housing minister, building program needed urgently to fix housing crisis – David Ellery – The Canberra Times
“Discussions in Treasury and cabinet are notoriously difficult and you need a good strong minister to stand their ground,” Professor Adamson, Compass Housing’s research and development manager, said. “If you haven’t got that voice at the table then you’ve got no chance.”

Our cities will stop working without a decent national housing policy – Horne & Adamson – The Conversation
We have to move the housing conversation beyond a game of political football about negative-gearing winners and losers. Australia needs a bipartisan, long-term, housing policy. Why? Because we have a slow-burn, deepening crisis that is affecting Australians who are already highly vulnerable and disadvantaged.