Housing the Australian Nation: Melbourne
The COVID-19 virus has exposed the failings of Australia’s housing system like never before: rough sleeping and homelessness, the insecurity and stress of renting, especially on a low income, and a boom-bust cycle that either pushes house prices up too quickly or down too fast. Our housing mess can be measured in lost productivity, poor health, high debt and growing inequality.
Peter Mares, Cranlana’s Lead Moderator and author of No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis, visits four capital cities, to investigate what’s gone wrong with housing in Australia, and what we might do about it.
Peter begins the series under lock down, at home in Melbourne, and unravels the reasons why housing has become so expensive in recent decades, and how the pandemic, like past crises, might offer a way through the nation’s housing problems.
Listen to the full podcasts as they’re released here
via Earshot/ABC, 30 May 2020