One of Victoria's leading urban planners argues that government needs to intervene more actively in the housing market and keep key decisions out of the hands of developers in order to preserve the liveability and sustainability of Australian cities.

According to Michael Buxton, a professor of Environment and Planning at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, leaving key housing decisions in the hands of major developers could undermine the liveability and sustainability of Australia’s urban centres. Buxton contends, however, that this is exactly what cities like Melbourne…