"Working to buy your own home is a rite of passage in Australia, firmly rooted
in a time when government delivered plentiful, affordable housing. Following
the senseless poverty and destitution inflicted by price-gouging landlords
during the Depression, we created a better, more equitable housing system after
World War II.
Up until the mid-1970s, government took a hands-on approach to housing,
constructing homes for people to buy or rent at low cost. Investors weren’t
prioritised over the rights of people who needed shelter, and governments
helped people buy with cheap loans. It was these settings that generalised the
home-owning dream to over 70% of Australian households by the late 1960s."
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