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.

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.

Past Events:

Melbourne in a time of change: 9 October 2018

With Marion Terrill Transport Director at the Grattan Institute, and Miriam Slattery, head of Strategy and Partnerships at the City of Melbourne at a Grattan Institute Policy Pitch event  exploring the state of Melbourne and where to from here. State Library of Victoria Village Roadshow Theatrette, 179 La Trobe St, Melbourne 6pm-7.15pm Tuesday 9 October 2018. Free – register here.

Infrastructure that Divides and Infrastructure that Unites: 18 October 2018

Melbourne is facing rapid population growth with pressure on our inherited infrastructure. We are ‘sprawling and crawling’ through once protected green wedges while public transport frequently breaks down, roads are clogged, services are costly and housing is increasingly unaffordable. A discussion with Simon Holmes à Court, Peter Graham, Marcus Spiller, Joan Staples, Chloe Aldenhoven and Kim Dravnieks. Advanced Technologies Centre 101, Hawthorn Campus, Swinburne University. Thursday 18 October, Drinks and food from 5.30 – 6.15pm, event begins 6.30pm, Free. More details here.

At Gleebooks with Benjamin Law: No Place Like Home

Join me at Sydney’s best bookshop on Tuesday 25 September for a conversation about housing and homelessness with Benjamin Law, who brings his insights to the topic from being Filthy Rich and Homeless. Bookings here.

No Place Like Home with Andrew Leigh MP (Canberra)

At the ANU on Wednesday 26 September, one of Australia’s smartest and most thoughtful politicians will take me through my arguments about how to repair Australia’s housing crisis. It’s free but please book here.

Brisbane Writers Festival Events Saturday 8 September

Join me at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival at 1pm on Saturday 8 September to discuss the current edition of Griffith Review Who We Are with contributors Maria Tumarkin and David Peetz. Bookings are free.

Then at 7.15pm I’ll be discussing my new book No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis with David Cant, former CEO of the innovative Brisbane Housing Company. Also free.

No place like home

Dark and dangerous thoughts Hobart 9 June 2018Locking horns on immigration and population with a pitchfork-wielding Dick Smith at Hobart’s Festival of Dark and Dangerous Thoughts as part of Dark Mofo 2018, with the Guardian’s Ben Doherty adjudicating. You can read his colleague Stephanie Convery’s assessment of the event in here.


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