Housing affordability: an Australian nightmare - Australian Fabians

Housing affordability: an Australian nightmare

Wednesday - 22 June, 2022 - 07:30 PM

Online - Zoom link via RSVP - Victoria, Australia

                         

Housing used to be Australia’s remarkable strength. Now, it has become a threatening weakness and it is a major driver of wealth inequality.

Rising property prices have increased the wealth of high-income households by more than 50% since the early 2000s, while that of low-income households grew by less than 10% in the same period. Rising housing costs are generating an upward redistribution of wealth, hurting low-income and young Australians the most. 

The dream of owning a home is unattainable for most younger, poorer Australians, because the rise in property prices has outstripped wage growth for many decades. Unable to get on to the housing ladder, many people are destined to continue paying rents that can exceed standard mortgage repayments.

Many factors converge to create this situation, such as: wage stagnation, the increase of insecure and precarious work, low housing supply, and capital gains tax discounts.

How did we get here? What can we do to improve this situation?

Our Speakers

Emma Dawson: 

Emma Dawson is Executive Director of public policy think tank Per Capita. She has worked as a researcher at Monash University and the University of Melbourne; in policy and public affairs for SBS and Telstra; and as a senior policy adviser in the Rudd and Gillard Governments.

Emma has published reports, articles and opinion pieces on a wide range of public policy issues. She is the co-editor, with Professor Janet McCalman, of the collection of essays What happens next? Reconstructing Australia after COVID-19, published by Melbourne University Press in September 2020. She joined the Board of Australia21 in June 2021.

   To see the Per Capita report on housing affordability, click this link

Brendan Coates:

Brendan Coates is the Economic Policy Program Director at the Grattan Institute, where he leads Grattan’s work on tax and transfer system reform, retirement incomes and superannuation, housing, macroeconomics, and migration.

He formerly worked in the Australian Treasury in areas such as tax-transfer system reform and macro-economic forecasting, with a strong focus on the Chinese economy. Currently he sits on the Victorian State Council for the Economic Society of Australia.

   To see the Grattan Institute submission to the Review of the NHHA, click this link

 

   To see Brendan Coates' article on housing inequality in "The conversation", click this link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s going

Luke Hutcheson Robert Gordon James Sewell Ken Coghill Kenneth A Coghill Brian Howe Rod Welford Geoff Barbour Norman Erickson Olsen Clark Charles Philip oates Jamie Gardiner William Harris Bryan Kavanagh Kat Chish Lionel Orchard Remco van Santen Amanda Rainey peter Lynch David Hassett James S Kelly Hamdi Ali Peter Dwyer Steve Rakic Kate Incerti Stephen Pennells Bronwyn Anderson Ron Johnson Lyndal Howison stephen whale Hazel Butorac Cam MacRae Barbara Burton Sue Strodl Anne Thomas Gerard ten Hacken Annie Ryan David Cassells Michael Sharman Sam K Ralph Catts Prof. Dr. Gary Lilienthal Keri Spooner Anne Mijch Bernard Maxwell Susan Jenvey Mark Seneca Caroline Blakers

Who's RSVPing

Luke Hutcheson
Robert Gordon
James Sewell
Ken Coghill
Kenneth A Coghill
Brian Howe
Rod Welford
Geoff Barbour
Norman Erickson
Olsen Clark
Charles Philip oates
Jamie Gardiner
William Harris
Bryan Kavanagh
Kat Chish
Lionel Orchard
Remco van Santen
Amanda Rainey
peter Lynch
David Hassett
James S Kelly
Hamdi Ali
Peter Dwyer
Steve Rakic
Kate Incerti

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