The front page outlined Canberra's shortage of affordable housing on this day in 1984, showing that Canberra is no stranger to a brutal housing market like the one we are faced with today.
The Canberra Times revealed initiatives to be implemented to provide relief to the scarcity and expense of housing in the capital.
These initiatives were discussed at a conference the previous day, which was the first time all government, private-enterprise, finance, trade-union and welfare groups related to land and housing were brought together.
Some immediate remedies agreed upon at the conference included a land auction of about 1000 blocks, and the allocation of about 120 blocks to applicants awaiting Commissioner for Housing loans.
A submission made to the Minister for Territories and Local Government, Mr Uren, said Canberra had the tightest accommodation-rental market of Australia's capitals.
Agents of advertised properties would receive up to 60 inquiries, and those properties were often re-let the day after becoming vacant.
As the majority of prospective renters at the lower end of the rental bracket were young people, shared housing was encouraged.
Research fellow with the Department of Social Administration at Flinders University, Ms Frances Baum, said shared housing should become "the focus of innovative policy-making in the future".
"An obvious solution is sharing a house, so bringing high rents down to an affordable level," she said.
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