Archive | May, 2011

Why Australia needs to drop the obsession with our capital cities

In last week’s blog Tim highlighted that the Sustainable Australia – Sustainable Communities, A Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia Report released by the Department Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities failed to meet its objective. Tim specifically noted, ‘The objective of the report is to provide strategic guidance for population growth across Australia.  While the […]

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The four pronged plan that will profoundly affect property markets around the country

Over the last two weeks there have been four significant strategic announcements from the Federal Government that are likely to have a profound impact on the Australian housing market. The new membership of the National Housing Supply Council were announced and their first meeting will be held in June of this year with the key […]

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Table 10 summary of expenses - housing and community amenities

Housing remains in the too hard basket at budget time

Once again, some of the key issues affecting virtually every Australian have not been addressed in the Federal Budget. Housing supply, and associated with that, housing affordability has again flown under the budget radar.  Is it simply that politicians don’t know how to deal with the issues of land undersupply or is that they don’t […]

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Monthly volumes

Market slowdown likely to create a hole in State budget revenues

The number of home sales moved upwards sharply in February, increasing from just 23,047 sales in January up to 32,090 in February.  The upwards movement is partly seasonal, with the January sales volumes typically lower due to the time of year.  The severe weather events recorded during January would have also contributed to a slower […]

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