When former Premier Dan Andrews announced the government’s new housing plan, he described it as "the most comprehensive shake-up of one of the most important policy areas in decades."
Tearing down 44 public housing blocks across the state and replacing them with a mix of public, private and social dwellings, and stripping local government of planning powers, is indeed ambitious.
But will it increase much needed housing supply? Will it help those most in need of affordable homes? Is it the right balance between private and public investment?
Michael Buxton is an Emeritus Professor at RMIT University. He is one of Australia’s most well-known academics in urban and regional affairs and appears regularly in Australian media. He has published extensively, co-authoring twenty books or monographs and over eighty articles in various forms. He has worked in senior positions in government, including the Victorian Government Planning and Environment agencies, and the Victorian Environment Protection Authority.
Iris Levin is an architect, urban planner, educator and researcher and lecturer in urban planning at RMIT. Iris's work has been published in key journals in the fields of housing studies, migration studies and urban planning.
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