Recent articles and broadcasts:

Asking the wrong questions about housing It might be ill-conceived, but at least the latest inquiry into housing affordability is generating high-quality evidence 24 September 2021

A line in the water A fateful stand-off in August 2001 saw Australia’s treatment of boat arrivals shift from deterrence by example to deterrence by force 28 August 2021

Good ideas going nowhere Timid governments need shaking up — and the pressure won’t come from the top 27 August 2021

The myth of merit Our faith in meritocracy is stopping us from thinking clearly about inequality 25 June 2021

A free lunch for low income renters? Researchers have identified how to help struggling households more equitably 2 November 2020

Putting the heat on polluting businesses Has BlackRock upped the ante for investor action on climate change? 13 October 2020

Is a $213 billion budget deficit unethical?  The government needs to do more to share the risks during the recovery 7 October 2020

What would it really take to supercharge social housing? With governments unwilling to fix taxes or borrow, perhaps even Ronald Reagan has something to teach us 29 September 2020

Beyond shelter “Housing first” has emerged as the most effective way of tackling homelessness. But Finland, Denmark and Ireland show that government resolve is crucial too 4 August 2020

Closing the (effectiveness) gap The Productivity Commission wants a new focus on what works for Indigenous communities 2 July 2020

Housing the Australian Nation  A four-part radio documentary series on the origins of Australia’s housing crisis and ways to fix it, broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Earshot program in June 2020. Available for free on the ABC website, or where ever you get your podcasts.

Can Australia build its way out of the coronavirus economic slump, with public housing the priority? 29 May 2020

Is now the perfect time to address the housing crisis? A conversation about Australia’s housing challenges broadcast on Life Matters on 29 May 2020. Available to listen via the ABC website, or where ever you get your podcasts.

When the market is the policy, housing fails Three housing researchers plot the way out of Australia’s affordability crisis 25 May 2020

Coronavirus lays bare 5 big housing system flaws to be fixed 12 May 2020 (with Hal Pawson)

Labor’s mixed migration message Kristina Keneally has confused an important debate 6 May 2020

Of visas and viruses Temporary visa holders play a vital role in healthcare and the economy — and that’s just one reason why the rules need to keep evolving during the current crisis 21 March 2020 (with Henry Sherrell)

I don’t want to be one of those absent fathers How immigration law threatens to split a family 20 December 2019

White Australia’s hangover  A Labor MP offers an optimistic view of what multicultural Australia could become 2 December 2019

Plenty of Ideas, not much money The federal government made it clear at the National Housing Conference that significant new spending isn’t likely 2 September 2019

Housing tax reform through limiting negative gearing and capital gains tax 12 June 2019

If we won’t fix negative gearing, then what? Part of Labor’s housing strategy could be adapted to lift affordability, and might just appeal to the government 7 June 2019

Australia’s own border wall Our “state of exception” combines disturbing practices, cost blowouts and chaotic administration 11 March 2019

Migration by numbers What is going on inside Australia’s immigration program? New government figures tell only part of the story 5 November 2018

Why Labor should break the refugee deadlock The opposition should swallow Scott Morrison’s bitter pill. But it also needs a longer-term plan 25 October 2018

A community fix for the affordable housing crisis (an excerpt from my book  No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis ) 20 September 2018

Buyer’s luck Carolyn rented, Peter purchased, and then the market (and bad policies) took over (an excerpt from my book  No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis ) 18 September 2018

Housing: It’s time for the lucky to share some of their good fortune Opinion 16 September 2018

Build-to-rent: a potential solution to Australia’s housing problem An excerpt from my book  No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis 16 September 2018

“You don’t see people sleeping on the streets” Finland’s Housing First strategy has all but eradicated homelessness. Could the same approach work in Australia? 7 September 2018

Where now for immigration policy? How will Scott Morrison respond to pressure from the Coalition’s right to cut immigration? 29 August 2018

Lies, damn lies and migration statistics Peter Dutton’s departure from the home affairs ministry is an opportunity to reset Australia’s debate about population and migration 2 August 2018

All work, no stay? Is the idea of Australia as a nation of permanent settlement giving way to a new reality of Australia as a guest worker society?  (Data rich interactive with SBS Digital Creative Labs) 20 August 2018

Remembering the Dunera A shared experience of wartime internment created an enduring “fictive kinship” 13 July 2018

OK Let’s make some music A new project shows the role music can plan in addressing youth homelessness 22 January 2018

In search of a national housing strategy If we’re serious about affordable housing then funds need to start flowing and that means biting the bullet on tax 6 December 2017

Housings taxes: getting from here to there A shift from stamp duty to property taxes will making housing fairer and more efficient 4 December 2017

Does public housing have a community-run future? Projects in Australia and Britain are showing how social housing can be more nimble and responsive 30 November 2017

Making a different kind of history Lunch with the controversial custodian of Australia’s borders, Mike Pezzullo 28 July 2017

Dealing cities in Malcolm Turnbull’s efforts to bring the federal government back into urban policy will be put to the test in Western Sydney 3 July 2018

The department of perverse effects The government’s toughening of citizenship rules would worsen the problems it seeks to tackle 16 June 2017

Counting the not quite Australians New data reveals a growing group of long-term temporary migrants 16 June 2017

Surfing with Singer Philosopher Peter Singer puts a simple case for altruism. Too simple, perhaps? 31 May 2017

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