The Case For A Massive Increase In Public Housing


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The Case For A Massive Increase In Public Housing

  1. 1. Socialist Alliance National Office Presentations
  2. 2. 1. Is private provision the best way to put a roof over our heads?
  3. 3. Housing affordability in Australia Source: HIA
  4. 4. The real cost of housing <ul><li>Of 15 OECD countries compared in the study, Australia had the highest prices relative to rental levels, the third-highest prices relative to incomes, and the fourth-highest levels of household debt relative to incomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Making it worse, demand for affordable housing had risen at the same time as the public housing stock in Australia dropped from 372,000 in 1995-96 to 345,000 in June 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>Average household debt has skyrocketed as a proportion of household disposable income. From 49 per cent of income in 1990-91, the debt ratio trebled to 143 per cent in 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>--OECD 2005 report on housing </li></ul><ul><li>The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare said 1.7 million people were in &quot;housing stress&quot; in 2004, spending more than 30 per cent of their income on accommodation. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Housing costs as % of income Source: ABS, 4130.0.55.001
  6. 6. Trends in housing tenure Source: ABS, 4130.0.55.001
  7. 7. How Australia is housed Source: ABS, 4130.0.55.001
  8. 8. What does a house really cost 1? Source: “Breakdown of housing costs in South-East Queensland”, AEC Group, October 2008
  9. 9. What does a house really cost 2? Source: “Breakdown of housing costs in South-East Queensland”, AEC Group, October 2008
  10. 10. Capital city house prices Source: HIA
  11. 11. Public housing stock in Australia
  12. 12. Average weekly housing costs Source: ABS, 4130.0.55.001
  13. 13. Housing in Australia and overseas
  14. 14. 2. Can our present model of housing and urbanisation continue?
  15. 15. Average house size and no.of occupants ABS, 4130.0.55.001
  16. 16. Water consumption per capita (cubic metres), 2003
  17. 17. Per capita ecological footprints, Australia and other countries, 1997 Source:
  18. 18. 3 . Will public housing always tend to be welfare housing? Source: NSW Department of Housing
  19. 19. Quality public housing 1 (Madrid, La Carabanchel) Source:
  20. 20. Quality public housing 2 (Ljublana, Slovenia) Source:
  21. 21. Quality public housing 3 (Prefab, California) Source: PREFAB FRIDAY: Brio54
  22. 22. Quality public housing 4 (Venezuela) Source:
  23. 23. Quality public housing 5 (Venezuela) Source: h
  24. 24. Quality public housing 6 (WA) Source: WA Department of Housing
  25. 25. 4. What should be done? <ul><li>A. Very few gains without a movement (ACTU, Shelter lobbying) </li></ul><ul><li>B. Public housing policy cannot be treated in isolation from general fight for public provision and sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>C. What housing finance policy? </li></ul><ul><li>D. What political alliance for sustainable, decent public housing? </li></ul>
  26. 26. Housing Affordability Index Source: HIA