It should go without saying that any government - no matter what political persuasion - should want to see more Australians into their own homes.
The question is what policy levers should be pulled to help achieve this.
For many years we have had governments - state and federal - throwing cash at new home buyers and builders to stimulate the construction industry.
Economist Saul Eslake has looked at the data and found such measures have not increased home ownership rates.
Rather, he's noted from Census figures going back to 1947 through to 2016 that across all age groups bar the 65 years and overs home ownership actually declined.
This is coupled, of course, with increasing house prices, which Mr Eslake says is linked to those grants programs.
Governments are persisting, he says, with the policy of giving cash to would-be first home buyers in the belief that it will increase the home ownership rate when the overwhelming evidence is it doesn't work.
One could quibble with Mr Eslake's view in that the main aim here has always been to boost the building sector, and with it jobs.
Still, governments have also boasted of such policies that they are helping more Australians getting into their own homes.
With home ownership rates declining, and a housing crisis having long become evident even here in Tasmania, we clearly need to do something different.
Unfortunately, governments are often short-sighted. They throw money at a sector of the economy because they are concerned about a downturn and resulting job losses, or because they see an opportunity to help create jobs and then claim credit.
There has, rightly, been more attention placed on the need to provide more social housing for those in need.
We have seen the release of affordable housing strategies and action plans and the like, and there are more houses being built.
But it should be of concern that fewer people aged under 65 in this country are owning their own homes.
Governments should review their policies, and act to help - not hinder - more Australians to become home owners.