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More than a million lower-income households in Australia pay above the affordability benchmark for their housing costs. More than 100,000 people are homeless. Seventy per cent of us are concerned we’ll never own property. Yet owning a home is still seen by most Australians as an essential part of our way of life.
It is generally accepted that Australia is in the grip of a housing crisis. But we are divided—along class, generational and political lines—about what to do about it. Award-winning journalist Peter Mares draws on academic research, statistical data and personal interviews to create a clear picture of Australia’s housing problems and to offer practical solutions.
Expertly informed and eminently readable, No Place Like Home cuts through the noise and asks the common-sense questions about why we do housing the way we do, and what the alternatives might be.
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The Australian ($): ‘Measured and compassionate...Mares writes simply and clearly about complex issues and policies, and avoids the sensationalism and bombast with which they are frequently handled in the media.’
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The Fifth Estate: ‘Probably the most accessible, comprehensive and multi-faceted book available on how we make sure every Australian can afford a decent place to call home.’
Age / Sydney Morning Herald ‘The real estate boom has peaked, and house prices have begun to slide in Sydney and Melbourne, but the declines so far are no match for the gains of previous years.’
‘No Place Like Home doesn’t just crunch numbers convincingly. It shows us, through the compelling stories of people affected by the housing crisis, how the whole fabric of our society is threatened if we cannot fairly address this fundamental human need for shelter.’
‘Measured and compassionate…Mares writes simply and clearly about complex issues and policies, and avoids the sensationalism and bombast with which they are frequently handled in the media.’
‘Peter Mares has written what is probably the most accessible, comprehensive and multi-faceted book available on how we make sure every Australian can afford a decent place to call home.’
‘Peter Mares has been pricking Australian consciences in his informed, dispassionate way for decades. No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis is yet another instance of his salutary ability to take a highly politicised issue, examine its details, and provide both a lucid and ethical response and a context that informs, rather than inflames, his general audience – journalism at its very best.’
‘Peter Mares gives a lucid overview of Australia’s housing crisis…This book offers a timely discussion of an increasingly urgent and complex problem. Accessible and sympathetic, No Place Like Home should kick off some serious policy debates and will appeal to the general reader.’
‘One of the most important books published in Australia in 2016. An impressive account of one of the biggest scandals in contemporary Australia; how we’ve sleepwalked into a policy environment that encourages the systemic exploitation of an underclass of millions of temporary migrants in our country.’
‘Mares is indefatigable in his data gathering and scrupulously even-handed in weighing the evidence. He strikes an exquisite balance between the personal and scholarly, the humane and tough-mindedness. Not Quite Australian is big-picture storytelling with a pulse, always keeping ideals, blunt realities and people—the exposed who want a place and the lucky ones entrenched here—in the frame.’
‘Compellingly readable…[Mares’] research is comprehensive, intellectually deft, ethically and philosophically grounded – but digestible, and personally attested…This is on-the-ground, people-focused journalism of the highest kind.’
‘Mares has once again presented a controversial and complicated topic with clarity and humanity. At a time when a national conversation about what it means to be Australian (or unAustralian) seems daily social media fodder, Not Quite Australian is an important contribution. And a reminder of the importance of thorough, slow-burn journalism in the hot-takes age.’
‘This detailed, careful and topical book is illuminated by the personal stories of individuals and families caught up in a complex and bureaucratic system, and it leaves a lasting impression of an Australia that is becoming a two-tiered country…Powerful and persuasive.’
‘This book is one which should be read by policymakers and concerned citizens alike.’
‘Compassionate, clear-eyed…No Place Like Home is a superb dissection of Australia’s housing crisis.’
‘No Place Like Home is a handy book on how we make sure every Australian can afford a decent place to call home. It’s written in simple language that expands on the complex policies and issues. Inclusive and multi-layered, it avoids the exaggeration and pomposity that frequently accompany these descriptors.’