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Despite the government’s efforts to defend employment and the economy, the second line of defence needs to be housing – keeping renters and mortgage holders in their homes.
Over the last few weeks, Australia has instituted a series of unprecedented national lockdown measures and border closures. The aim is to slow the spread of COVID-19 – by keeping people in the safety of their homes.
But one of the unintended consequences of this response to the pandemic is the uncomfortable light it has shone on our housing system – its inbuilt precariousness, insufficient safety nets and reliance on the, now wobbly, pillar of employment security.
First published on 3 June 2020.
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