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New Year, new hope?

New Year, new hope?

January 24th, 2024 - Barbara Francis & Rus Littleson

Is 2024 a year to dream that the impossible might happen? 


From housing crisis to hope?

November 21st, 2023 - Barbara Francis & Rus Littleson

Now that Victoria has both a new Premier and a new Minister for Consumer Affairs, can we dare to hope or dream there will be some meaningful changes during the first term of this new government?

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Greens pressure on short-stay levy

October 25th, 2023 - Barbara Francis & Rus Littleson

The Victorian Greens have written to the Treasurer Tim Pallas saying they will oppose Victoria’s proposed short-stay levy unless they get substantial changes to the state government’s new housing policy.

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Cash without the cure

September 20th, 2023 - Barbara Francis & Rus Littleson

Victoria’s proposed tax on short-stays will generate cash for the state government while ignoring internationally recognised solutions to tackle problems with the industry.

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Short stays “out of control”

August 23rd, 2023 - Barbara Francis & Rus Littleson

The woeful inadequacy of the state’s short-stay legislation remains in the spotlight, with heightened tension in municipalities throughout the state.

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Renaissance of reason 

July 26th, 2023 - Barbara Francis & Rus Littleson

The We Live Here Forum on housing affordability and short-term rentals showed that there are solutions to the crisis, and that people with different perspectives can work together to achieve results

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Open forum on affordable housing and short-term rentals

June 21st, 2023 - Barbara Francis & Rus Littleson

You are invited to a We Live Here forum, the first after a long, pandemic-induced hiatus.

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Suburban councils take the lead

May 24th, 2023 - Barbara Francis & Rus Littleson

The City of Melbourne is falling behind suburban councils in the race to prevent the city being overrun by short stays.

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Built to rent and ruin

April 25th, 2023 - Barbara Francis & Rus Littleson

An inner-city apartment resident has written to We Live Here with a horror story of dealing with “visiting drunks lacking self-awareness” in a neighbouring property.

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Aurora-gate exposes inadequate laws

March 22nd, 2023 - Barbara Francis & Rus Littleson

The battle for the owners’ corporation at Aurora Melbourne Central has underlined the woeful inadequacies of Victoria’s strata laws and VCAT tribunal system.

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Owners’ corporation laws tweaked

Owners’ corporation laws tweaked

November 24th, 2021 - Barbara Francis & Rus Littleson
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