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Lay off Lambie

Crikey readers talk Jacqui Lambie, the housing crisis and an “escalator to extinction”.

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McClure report fails on key issue of low-income housing

Access to housing is a key issue in welfare reform that has been missed by the McClure report

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Are we in danger of choking off a recovering economy?

As we head toward the 2014-15 budget, we’ve been given a clear view of how the economy is travelling, and the risks of a harsh budget, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Young people stuck in nursing homes need more than the NDIS

Suitable accommodation for younger people with disabilities is hard to come by, writes Crikey intern Broede Carmody, and the NDIS won’t provide an answer.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

British naval officers have a new weapon in their fight against piracy. Somali pirates, it seems, are frightened off by the sound of Britney Spears.

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The ‘meh’ economy: more flat news from the statisticians

The Australian economy marked time at the end of the financial year and into the new one. The transition from the mining boom is by no means assured.

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House price boom could be our biggest economic problem

While we wait for the fairies of confidence to sprinkle some magic dust on the economy, we should pay attention to house prices. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Why will no one talk about housing affordability?

Crikey readers talk Bob Katter, housing affordability and Guy Rundle’s use of language.

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Unsung policy issue: when you have no home to go to

Remember when tackling homelessness was a major priority? Well it hasn’t been in this election campaign — and the number of homeless people is rising. Freelance journalist Henry Belot asks some tough questions.

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Don’t be too sure ‘rate cut looms’ off the back of today’s CPI

While inflation overall is flat, there are a couple of signs the RBA won’t be sufficiently satisfied to go for one more rate cut. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Co-operatives: an answer to affordable housing?

With increasing pressure on policymakers to find creative solutions to the housing affordability crisis, more consideration should be given to co-operatives. ANU student Farz Edraki is glad he’s part of one.

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Why the construction industry will struggle in 2013

House prices will go higher (though not by much) but the construction industry faces another tough year. Government’s need to find the money to invest in infrastructure to boost the sector.

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Crikey Blogs | JOURNALISM|

On the subject of housing, is Melbourne media xenophobic?

Coverage of housing issues in The Age and on ABC 774 suggest the Melbourne media aren’t completely comfortable with foreigners — particularly Asian ones, writes Alan Davies.

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Census reveals consequences of a national housing myopia

The consequences of years of policy drift on housing is evident in the census but don’t expect anything to change.

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Keane’s fantasy budget (and how to pay for it)

Removing middle class welfare and tax reform would deliver a health surplus while addressing some key economic problems.

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What would a real economic reform budget look like?

What would a hardcore economic reform budget look like, stripped of political self-interest? It depends on what your economic priorities are.

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How NSW and Victoria billed the rest of us for public housing

NSW and Victoria have slashed their level of public housing investment to take advantage of the GFC stimulus packages.

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Ghosts of COAG — the counter-terrorism review that vanished

A long-promised COAG review of our counter-terrorism laws has “drifted” — right out of sight.

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Waiting for the first challenge story of autumn

Surely an appearance cannot be long away. I was surprised that last week’s Newspoll did not bring it forth. Absolutely stunned that today’s Nielsen failed to flush it out. But surely, surely it cannot be long.

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A (big, blue) sign of the times for NT Intervention

On Tuesday night the Darwin City Council considered a letter from Dave Chalmers, state manager of the federal Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs’ NT state office, with the seemingly innocuous subject of “highway and community signs”.

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Crikey Blogs | ECONOMY|

Why we need healthy housing policy

Housing stress is in the headlines as a result of a new report from The National Housing Supply Council. It coincides with further new research about the need to link health and housing policy, writes Caroline Chen.

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Housing report shines light on undersupply crisis in NSW

The National Housing Supply Council has produced extensive data on the nature of our housing undersupply. And the big problem is in NSW.

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Another day, another set of disastrous building figures

Housing commencements are now in freefall, with long-term consequences for our housing supply.

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As RBA mulls interest rates, housing decline is accelerating

Another rate rise might accelerate a decline in construction activity that shows no sign of slowing down.

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Participation and mobility dominate Tax Forum paper

Wayne Swan has released the government discussion paper for its Tax Forum in October.

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