Whilst the American dream is defined by the pursuit of prosperity through a vaguely defined sense of liberty our own national dream is a lot more concrete. Home ownership, plain and simple, is what came to define the image of Australian success in the post-war period. A dream made reality by a growing population and low unemployment. It’s an actualisation many see as the cause of our substantial urban sprawl and it’s a process that has made a lot of people a lot of money. In today’s Australia, one of greater social and cultural diversity and a property market of similar complexity, perhaps the great Australian dream needs a new lick of paint.