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Can Australian governments steer ‘just intensification’? Evaluating Victorian affordable housing policy

Carolyn Whitzman, Crystal Legacy, Erika Martino, Katrina Raynor, Matthew Palm, Ilan Wiesel, Gethin Davison, Ian Woodcock

Australian Cities Research Network | Published : 2018


Over the past two decades, Australian planning policies have supported largely unregulated land speculation and gentrification in relatively well served inner and middle suburbs, leading to displacement of low and moderate income households and growing spatial inequalities. The current Victorian state government signalled a new direction by ‘refreshing’ the third metropolitan strategy in as many decades, Plan Melbourne (2014/2017), with an increased emphasis on ‘diverse housing close to jobs, transport and services. It also established a new independent infrastructure advisory body that defined social housing as an infrastructure priority, and developed a ‘whole of government’ affordable hou..

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