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Speaker Series – Peter Mares

The Cranlana Programme welcomes our guest Speaker, Peter Mares, for our upcoming Speaker Series Event.

The Board and CEO of the Cranlana Programme are delighted to invite you to the 2018 Speaker Series Event, on Thursday 20 September with Peter Mares.

Cranlana’s Senior Moderator, Peter Mares, is the contributing editor of the online magazine, Inside Story, and an adjunct fellow at the Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University.

Throughout his career, Peter has combined journalism with public policy research, particularly on migration, contributing to magazines and newspapers as well as refereed journals. His most recent book is Not Quite Australian: how temporary migration is changing Australia (Text, 2016). He is also the author of the award-winning book Borderline (UNSW Press 2001 and 2002) analysing Australia’s approach to refugees and asylum seekers.

Peter spent 25 years as a broadcaster with the ABC, mostly with Radio National. During that time, he served as a foreign correspondent based in Hanoi and presented national radio programs, including the daily current affairs show, Asia Pacific, and the weekly public policy discussion program, The National Interest.

He will be introducing us to his newly published book, No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis.

Peter Mares

Not just smashed avocado: what to do about Australia’s housing crisis.

Talk of a housing crisis is commonplace, with a focus on the difficulty faced by first home buyers. True, no amount of skimping on smashed avocado will be enough to amass Millennials a deposit, especially not in the inflated markets of Sydney and Melbourne. But just whose housing crisis are we talking about here?

The flip-side of housing unaffordability is rising housing wealth. The flip side of generation rent is generation landlord. If we consider both sides of the real estate coin, then perhaps we can find the means to build secure and affordable rental housing for people on low incomes. Homelessness and rental stress are the real crises that we confront. An ethical approach based on housing as a fundamental human need, rather than an asset class, would not only make the system fairer, but also more efficient and sustainable. Peter Mares new book No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis, will be published by Text in mid-September.


VENUE   Cranlana, 62 Clendon Road, Toorak
DATE      Thursday 20 September 2018
       6.00pm for 6.30 seating
COST      $60


You are most welcome to purchase tickets for guests of your choice to come along with you; they do not have to be alumni.

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20 Sep 2018