Posts in ‘Housing’

How is that “Fair Expectations of Behaviour” policy going?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Yesterday I wrote about the Department of Housings boast of having a more efficient system, labelled “Fair Expectations of Behaviour” for managing poorly behaved social welfare housing tenants than the Newman government’s “Three strikes” policy. My criticism was based on their own figures, but there is nothing like some anecdotal evidence to round things out, […]

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Posted by Graham at 8:29 pm | Comments (1) |
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De-Newmanisation not working #1

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Queensland Housing Minister Mick de Brenni’s determination to return welfare housing to its Soviet-style past provides the latest natural experiment into what public policy approaches work best. The “iconoclasts” of the Queensland ALP seem determined to obliterate the three years of the Newman government, no matter that voters, including their own heartland, will be hurt. […]

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Belling ALP institutional corruption

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Every election campaign that I can remember in Queensland has featured claims that the LNP or Coalition side of politics is corrupt. Those claims had some force when Joh Bjelke-Petersen was premier, but that is now 26 years ago. Today it is the ALP which has problems. John Faulkner has just laid some of them out in […]

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Posted by Graham at 8:32 am | Comments (8) |

Looking for the last California

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Many years ago I wrote an article for the ACT Labor newsletter about Australia as ‘the last California’. Those forms of local participation no longer exist, but the phrase still seems useful. Perhaps more so, as globalisation has made the movement of people almost as fluid as cash. People are always looking for somewhere the […]

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Under the Moruya Moon (5)

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Everything starts with ideas. Intellectuals are people who consider the world of ideas to be a real place. And maybe I spend more time in la-la land than most. But to have an idea and then see it take shape in metal, wood and glass, so far beyond any construction skills we could personally muster…now […]

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What goes down will go up even higher

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

House prices are falling and interest rates are rising, which is bad news for existing home buyers, and new home buyers too. Doesn’t sound right, but it is unfortunately true. Unless we fix the underlying supply and demand problems in housing, lower house prices will only be temporary, and will in fact eventually lead to […]

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