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Renovation Nation, by Fiona Allon

March 31, 2009

Allon describes this enthusiasm for bricks and mortar as affecting every aspect of Australia’s housing culture…

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Fiona Allon, writer and critic, specialises in the analysis of contemporary Australian culture and politics. Much of this research into cities and urban culture makes its way into Renovation Nation, an insight into Australia’s preoccupation (obsession?) with home-ownership. Allon describes this enthusiasm for bricks and mortar as affecting every aspect of Australia’s housing culture, which consequent affects for our economy, political system and society. Allon sees the ideal of owning your own home, the archetypal Australian Dream, as having turned into something of an Australian Nightmare; “With interest rates being ratcheted up, mortgage stress breaking out across the country, and the so-called ‘affordability crisis’ constantly making headlines, we need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.”
University New South Wales Press 2008 232 pages SB $34.95

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