PHOTO: Auctioneer, Toby Llewellyn

On housing, the contrast between the two major parties couldn’t be clearer.

The Coalition is still pretending that you can help first homebuyers without hurting anyone. Labor isn’t.

This matters, because Australian governments have been pretending for decades that there are easy and costless ways to make housing more affordable. And over that time the problems have become worse.

The Coalition’s First Home Deposit Scheme

Housing costs are a big problem for young people. Home ownership is falling fast in Australia, especially among the young and poor.

Fewer than half of those aged 25-34 own their home today. Home ownership among the poorest 20 per cent of that age group has fallen from 63 per cent in 1981 to 23 per cent today.