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City-by-city analysis shows our capitals aren’t liveable for many residents
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City-by-city analysis shows our capitals aren’t liveable for many residents

Governments, developers and urban planners all aspire to create liveable cities – yet when it comes to Australian cities, the rhetoric and reality don’t quite match, writes… Billie Giles-Corti, RMIT University and Jonathan Arundel, RMIT University This article is one in a series, Healthy Liveable Cities, in the lead-up to the Designing Healthy Liveable Cities…

Weekly economic update: Economics can’t explain why unemployment and inflation are both low
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Weekly economic update: Economics can’t explain why unemployment and inflation are both low

The economic models we used in the past haven’t adjusted for the realities of today, like diminished union power and underemployment, writes… Richard Holden, UNSW This week: an explanation of why central banks can’t deal with simultaneous low unemployment and inflation. The financial data this week were largely centred on inflation in Australia and China,…

Will Australian House Prices Crash? five reasons why it's more complicated than you think!
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Will Australian House Prices Crash? five reasons why it’s more complicated than you think!

In an Oliver’s Insight, Dr. Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital discusses what we need to consider when it comes to a potential property crash.  A common narrative on the Australian housing market is that it’s in a giant speculative bubble propelled by tax breaks, low interest rates and “liar loans” that have led to massive mortgage…

Driverless vehicles could bring out the best – or worst – in our cities by transforming land use
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Driverless vehicles could bring out the best – or worst – in our cities by transforming land use

It’s clear autonomous vehicles will disrupt our cities, their land use and planning – whether they make urban life better or worse depends on how well we anticipate and adapt to their impacts, writes… Tan Yigitcanlar, Queensland University of Technology; Graham Currie, Monash University, and Md. Kamruzzaman, Queensland University of Technology The convergence of technology…