The rise of micro lots!

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/perth-real-estate-micro-blocks-of-80sqm-to-go-on-sale/news-story/fb75cd088bc1186db42ddf87033ea375

This is a new development in WA but apparently is happening in QLD & elsewhere. The price of land is still relatively expensive but if planned well can help first home buyers who prefer lower maintenance with nearby facilities like parks etc.

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Prefab Tiny House on display at Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne

https://www.domain.com.au/advice/the-smallest-premade-tiny-house-opens-to-public-at-federation-square-20170216-gue5ke/

Another example which actually has a lot of corporate support behind it of alternative living options.

Why Tiny Houses are an important part of the housing mix

This TEDx talk was recorded last March in Brisbane. Lara Nobel along with her partner Andrew Carter are the founders of the Tiny House Company & here she explains why they went along this path. They both come from an architectural background. Lara actually quit her architecture career to do a carpentry apprenticeship which she also completed last year with a Queensland Apprentice of the Year award. They have also had a legal victory with Brisbane City Council over the definition of their Tiny House which occurred in early November just after their daughter Charlie was born. The video is 10 minutes long.

Australia’s political divisions exposed in new poll

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/a-plague-on-both-your-houses-fairfax-ipsos-shows-minor-parties-prospering-20161127-gsynjt.html Roughly one third Coalition, one third ALP, one third minor parties & Independents. If this trend continues how much impact will it have on the House of Reps at the next election. The Senate has been this way since the Australian Democrats began. Over the years it has only been in certain seats where an Independent candidate has a strong local following or a minor party is the compromise like the Greens in the seat of Melbourne.