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'Speculative Vacancies' - The Empty Properties Ignored By Statistics

By  Catherine Cashmore There have been four housing affordability inquiries since the early 2000s. The “First Home Ownership” inquiry by the Productivity Commission (2004). The Senate Select...

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The Corruption of Economics

The Corruption of Economics Why Most Are Blind to What They Need to See By Catherine Cashmore  (Contributing editor - Cycles Trends & Forecasts ) In the 1880’s Judge James G. Maguire of the Superior...

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Government Inaction on Australia's Housing Affordability Crisis is Indefensible

The fact that Australia has an affordability crisis is not in dispute. Rather, government inaction for more than a decade must be questioned. Since the early 2000s, there have been three Senate Inquiries to tackle...

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Australia's Empty Houses...

By - Catherine Cashmore “The home, built in 1857, had been unoccupied for years” said the report of a dilapidated Victorian-era mansion in Sydney’s Balmain East. Situated in an exclusive residential...

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A Political Game of Smoke And Mirrors - Supply Verses Demand

By Catherine Cashmore (Written for Property Observer - September 2014) The only explanation offered to Australia’s low-income residents over the past few weeks, expected to take on a colossal amount of private...

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Skyscraper Hubris - Pride Before A Fall

By - Catherine Cashmore "Bill, how high can you make it so that it won't fall down?" reportedly asked financier John J. Raskob, as he pulled out a thick pencil from his drawer, and held it up to William F. Lamb , the...

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Land, Governance, and Finance - "Our Distrust Is Very Expensive"

Land, Governance, and Finance – “Our Distrust is Very Expensive." By: Catherine Cashmore In June 2013, as the Senate voted unanimously to hold an inquiry into the corporate watchdog ASIC. Chairman, Greg...

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Nick Xenophon “Home affordability: a Super idea” – Really?

Nick Xenophon “ Home affordability: a Super idea ” – Really? By Catherine Cashmore Nick Xenophon (along with other groups, such as the REIA ,) is advocating a policy that will be responsible for...

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Australia's City Centric Culture and Failure to Decentralise

What Did The Recent Grattan Review “Mapping Australia’s Economy” Really Reveal? By Catherine Cashmore “Too many workers live too far away to fulfil our cities’ economic potential”...

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Five years on since the US recession ‘officially’ ended in June 2009....

By - Catherine Cashmore Five years on since the US recession ‘officially’ ended in June 2009, urban land prices are rising, the pattern of history is repeating, and this time, the players on the...

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