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What makes the ideal Australian city?
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What makes the ideal Australian city?

Liveable cities: who decides what that means and how we achieve it? A liveable city has become the highest form of praise we can give to a city space, but we need to discuss what that means and who gets to participate in the process of governing and shaping a city, writes… Commentary by: Merridee L….

Affordable housing policy failure still being fuelled by flawed analysis
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Affordable housing policy failure still being fuelled by flawed analysis

The clichés about housing supply and regulatory restraints are distractions from the need to focus on expanding the affordablehousing sector to directly meet the needs of low-income households, writes… Nicole Gurran, University of Sydney; Bill Randolph, UNSW; Peter Phibbs, University of Sydney; Rachel Ong, Curtin University, and Steven Rowley, Curtin University Australia has a housing affordability problem. There’s no…

What governments can learn from Perth’s property market
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What governments can learn from Perth’s property market

A new report shows building smaller houses as opposed to apartments in city fringes could provide more affordable housing, writes… Greg Costello, Curtin University Governments can encourage more affordable housing by targeting first home buyer subsidies to specific locations and housing types, a new report finds.  It also suggests incentivising developers and builders to create…

With apartment living on the rise, how do families and their noisy children fit in?
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With apartment living on the rise, how do families and their noisy children fit in?

In Sydney, families with children now account for one in four households living in apartments – the expectations and design of apartments have not kept up with this rapid demographic change, writes… Sophie-May Kerr, University of Wollongong A growing number of Australians live in apartments.   The compact city model presents many benefits. However, living close to each other also presents challenges. Rapid growth in apartment developments in recent decades…

How Airbnb is reshaping our cities
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How Airbnb is reshaping our cities

If the sharing economy is here to stay, planners and designers must respond with imagination to spread the positive effects of the tourism economy for the benefit of residents as well as tourists, writes… Jacqui Alexander, Monash University Infrastructure in our cities – let’s call it the hardware – remains much the same as ever, but the…

No, you’re probably not ‘addicted’ to your smartphone – but you might use it too much
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No, you’re probably not ‘addicted’ to your smartphone – but you might use it too much

Clinically speaking, you can’t become addicted to a device, but you can develop behavioural addictions to smartphone functions, writes… Andrew Campbell, University of Sydney The term “addiction” is often bandied about when we think someone spends too much time on something we deem detrimental to their health and well-being.  From checking our phones repetitively, to playing with specific apps and texting, the modern culprit is…

Why the RBA needs to talk about future interest-rate policy
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Why the RBA needs to talk about future interest-rate policy

While the RBA might not be able to influence the current cash rate, it can still influence longer-term rates by offering guidance about its future policy decisions, writes… Efrem Castelnuovo, University of Melbourne; Bruce Preston, University of Melbourne, and Giovanni Pellegrino, University of Melbourne The Reserve Bank of Australia should follow the example of other…