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City Limits: Why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them

There is a strong link between land-use and transport.

Where we live, work and play dictates our need to travel around.

The transport debate is often about what new services we might build.

The landuse debate is often about what sort of housing we should build.

But do we understand the nature of what is happening with jobs and housing location and the general structure of our cities.

The Grattan Institute has just released a book titled City Limits: Why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them.

Co-author Paul Donegan, joins us on the line

 

  • Despite our art and literature heritage of the bush, Henry Lawson poems and Tom Roberts paintings, Australia is a very urbanised society
  • Within our cities there is a divide. The areas at or near the centre and those further out. There is a concentration of jobs in the inner areas.
  • There are more diversity of job opportunities in the inner area and higher paying jobs in the inner areas.
  • Housing prices reflect this
  • Public transport is better in the inner areas
  • This makes for the transport disadvantaged.
  • We are putting more people put in the suburbs.
  • Half of all population growth into suburbs more than 20 kilometres from the city centre.
  • Cities are the engines of our economy, producing nearly 80 per cent of national income, yet
    policy-makers must address failures in housing, tax and transport to ensure our economic and social future.
  • One of the issues I have is that it is expensive to move.

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