Opinion: Why housing should be a health issue this election

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Successive federal and state governments have abandoned families to housing market forces — placing many in the situation of being unable to afford home ownership or living in housing stress where the cost of accommodation makes up more than 30% of household income.

The type and quality of housing conditions impacts many aspects of children’s lives, and development and research tells us the consequences of childhood housing instability has impacts well into adulthood.

The current debate on housing affordability misses the importance of housing as a basic human need, so how serious are the risks for low-income Australians?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationHospital and Healthcare
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2022


  • health and policy
  • Child health
  • family homelessness
  • housing policy


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