Archived publication for 2006
Planning policies, more than any other factor, restrict the capacity of first home buyers, and other less advantaged groups, from achieving a goal of home ownership. Current planning orthodoxies inflate urban land prices and discriminate against...
All sides of politics share a fear of governments held hostage to wealthy individuals or organisations that use donations to buy influence.
Whereas campaigning used to be largely confined, for most MPs, to the five or six weeks of the campaign, now it is a continuous process.
Economic planning is a term as archaic as phrases such as 'peoples' democracy' or 'proletarian justice'. Yet urban planning-and land planning generally-is flourishing and dominates the evolving structure of cities.
Over recent years, planning in Australia and many other countries has assumed a greatly enlarged role in determining the use of land. This is a regrettable outcome and one that imposes huge economic costs onto the community, as well as undermining...