Labor ideas for a better Australia


ISSUE 1, JUNE 2017

John Curtin Research Centre

The inaugural edition of the Centre's flagship publication features insightful policy discussion from some of the Australian labour movement's brightest thinkers, including Peter Khalil MP, Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP, Dr Bill Leadbetter, Professor Janet McCalman, Kosmos Samaras, Misha Zelinsky, Frank Bongiorno, Rebekka Power, Paul Sakkal and our ED Dr Nick Dyrenfurth.

Housing Addicts?: How the ‘Australian Dream’ became a national nightmare

Misha Zelinsky, 2017.

In this lively and thoughtful inaugural John Curtin Research Centre essay, Zelinsky argues that the present housing market reflects a dangerous public policy failure where a worthwhile national aspiration – the so-called ‘Australian dream’ of owning your own home – has combined with generous tax concessions, poor government planning and a lack of investment imagination to pose a serious threat to our ‘fair go’ economy and society. Housing Addicts? is an impassioned case for saving the great Australian dream.