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Australian public policyProgressive ideas in the neo-liberal ascendency$
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Chris Miller and Lionel Orchard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312673.001.0001

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Loose moorings: debate and directions in Australian housing policy

Loose moorings: debate and directions in Australian housing policy

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Australian public policy

Lionel Orchard

Policy Press

This chapter examines current trends and policies shaping the Australian housing system in the light of rival arguments and understandings of housing policy. A discussion of libertarian, economic rationalist, communitarian, social democratic and socialist views in Australian housing debates anchors an examination of the challenges facing contemporary housing policy. The challenges include the problem of high housing costs and prices and associated issues of housing affordability; the impact of taxation policies – including negative gearing and the tax treatment of home ownership – in worsening price threshold and equity problems in housing markets; the adequacy of housing supply particularly for low income people; the linkages between social change, diversity, environmental sustainability and housing preferences; and change and reform in the social and public housing system. The chapter argues that while neo-liberal, pro-market views shape general directions in Australian housing policy, the debate about centre-left responses reflects an uneasy balance of libertarian, communitarian and social democratic views.

Keywords:   home ownership, housing affordability, social housing, equity, taxation

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