Jacques and Jennifer give a potted history of public housing in Victoria, including the trend to privatise public housing as discussed the previous week. As the 'Great Australian Dream' of home ownership becomes impossible for many, the presenters look at other forms of social and cooperative housing that are more prevalent in other countries. They suggest the time is ripe to consider and promote them here in Australia.
CORRECTION: Under Liberal PM Robert Menzies (after 1956) about 90,000 public housing properties were sold (as policy bolstered private home ownership). Jennifer overzealously added a zero and said 900,000! We think 90,000 is still an astonishing figure.
Jennifer Borrell & Jacques Boulet