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Empty Dwellings During Housing Crisis?

Today’s Sydney Morning Herald article on Empty Dwellings in a City Desperate for Places to Live has exposed the raft of vacancies prevalent when land banking trumps housing affordability. It quotes how 122,211 sites were vacant in the 2006 census, reminding us...

Rating Federal Treasury’s Performance

By Bryan Kavanagh Treasury’s mission is “to improve the wellbeing of the Australian people by providing sound and timely advice to the Government, based on objective and thorough analysis of options, and by assisting Treasury Ministers in the administration of their...

Interest Rates Shoot the Messenger

March 08 figures reveal that loans for first home owners dropped to just 16.4% of owner-occupied approvals. Yes 16.4%! The Great Australian Dream is being dominated by baby boomers and/ or speculators. Those that most need a roof over their heads are the last in the...

Submission To The Budget For The Knox City Council

by Anne Schmid JUNE 2006 This submission is made with particular reference to the proposed introduction of the waste collection charge. I ask the question – Are user charges better than rates? What is the next charge going to be? Traditionally councils have relied on...

Canberra’s Leasehold Land System

by Leo Foley The primary source for this paper is “Canberra in Crisis” by Frank Brennan, 1971 The Road to Leasehold – the origins of the Canberra leasehold system.. Canberra is the offspring of politics and a social ideal. The politics were those of Federation...