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From housing rights to housing provision : two case studies in the trajectory of the housing rights movement & the development of community housing in Australia, 1975-1996

Roberts, Maree Frances (1997) From housing rights to housing provision : two case studies in the trajectory of the housing rights movement & the development of community housing in Australia, 1975-1996. Research Master thesis, Victoria University of Technology.

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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to provide a socio-historical and political framework for analysing two small government programs, the Victorian Rental Housing Co-operative Program and the Local Government and Community Housing Program, through which community housing principles were introduced into Australian public housing policy. The context for this research is the failure by the housing rights movement to continue with aims which were politically independent of the ALP, the descent of the movement into "tenure politics", the move to the Right by the ALP after the collapse of Keynesianism as an economic tool, and the possible privatisation of public housing by the Liberal Government through the use of housing vouchers. Links between these themes are postulated. A picture of these events and processes, and the ideologies and motivations of the individuals involved in the public housing policy communities both in Victoria and federally, has been built up through the examination and analysis of contemporary documentation, interviews with key informants and through secondary sources. The major conclusions postulate a relationship between the adoption of small community housing programs in the late 1970s and 1980s and the strategic co-option of the housing rights movement by the ALP, and the current inability of the movement to articulate a housing politics which transcends "tenure politics" at a time when the movement is most severely threatened.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master thesis)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: public housing policy, community housing programs, housing rights movement, Australia
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
FOR Classification > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning
FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2012 05:02
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:55
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/18208
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