The need for public housing is greater than ever before – Australia has a shortfall of at least 433,000 dwellings. Using public land for public housing is a no-brainer. But, at the time of writing, the Victorian government is preparing to sell over 2,646 hectares of land. Our analysis reveals 24 of these sites are suitable for delivering high-quality, well-located public housing in places where the need is high.
This is nothing new. As our recent research has shown, successive governments in Victoria have been systematically selling public land.
The twin health and economic crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic will add to the shortfall of public housing. And yet the government shows no sign of rethinking its land sales.
SOURCE: Libby Porter and Liam Davies. “Public land is being sold exactly where thousands on the waiting list need housing” The Conversation, May 27, 2020.
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