Editor's note

Australia needs a tenfold increase in the rate at which social housing is being built to overcome current shortages and cover the growth in need over the next two decades, according to research findings released today. But it can be done, the AHURI researchers say, and their analysis shows direct government investment is by far the cheapest way to build up the stock of housing for people who can’t afford to pay market rates.

And sadly, anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, writes Jonathan C. Kaplan. He has been researching the anti-Semitic cartoons that were widespread in Vienna early last century and argues the racist stereotypes they peddle are echoing in some quarters today.

Meanwhile, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission is under increasing pressure to take every significant case to court, first from Royal Commissioner Kenneth Hayne and now from a Federal Court judge who has refused to rubber-stamp a private enforcement agreement with Westpac. Authors from the University of NSW argue that’d be crowd-pleasing, but ineffective.

John Watson

Section Editor: Cities + Policy

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The current social housing construction rate – barely 3,000 dwellings a year – does not even keep pace with rising need, let alone make inroads into today’s backlog. Joel Carrett/AAP

Australia needs to triple its social housing by 2036. This is the best way to do it

Julie Lawson, RMIT University; Hal Pawson, UNSW; Laurence Troy, UNSW; Ryan van den Nouwelant, Western Sydney University

A tenfold increase in building is needed to overcome the current social housing shortfall and cover projected growth in need. But it can be done, and direct public investment is the cheapest way.

Two women hug before placing flowers at the Star of David memorial in front of the Tree of Life Synagogue, two days after a mass shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jared Wickerham/AAP

How anti-Semitic stereotypes from a century ago echo today

Jonathan C. Kaplan, University of Technology Sydney

With anti-semitism on the rise around the world, it is timely to consider how images and media discourses can embolden hate crimes.

Taking banks to court might be crowd pleasing, but not the best use of ASIC’s resources. Julian Smith/AAP

In defence of ASIC: there’s more to regulation than prosecution

Clinton Free, UNSW; Dimity Kingsford Smith, UNSW; Hannah Harris

ASIC is under pressure to take every significant case to court. But that would delay justice and break its budget.

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