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No Place Like Home: Australia’s Housing Affordability Crisis


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Australia is in a housing crisis. How did we get here? And what happens next?

About the Event

Housing affordability has been inching towards crisis in Australia for decades. Now, following months of successive interest rate rises and the ballooning cost of living, many economists and commentators believe we’ve reached a tipping point.

Following the release of the state and federal budgets, four experts come together to explore this pressing issue. Veteran financial journalist Alan Kohler, The Age property reporter Jim Malo and TikTok phenomenon Jordan van den Berg (aka Purple Pingers) will address the lay of the land when it comes to housing with host, academic and broadcaster Dr Priya Kunjan.

What do economic models and interpretations tell us about how we got here, and what comes next? How can traditional and social media amplify and address the crisis? And what feasible solutions are there for renters and people experiencing housing insecurity – both in the immediate and longer term?

Host Priya Kunjan undertook several interviews with individuals with lived/living experience of housing insecurity in Melbourne. You can read No Place Like Home: What housing insecurity really feels like – Part #1 here and Part #2 here.


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Alan Kohler

Alan Kohler has been a financial journalist for 46 years. He began as a cadet on The Australian covering the Poseidon boom and bust; was a columnist for Chanticleer in the Australian Financial Review and editor of the AFR, and a columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Alan also served a... Read more

Jim Malo

Jim is a reporter for The Age with six years’ experience writing about housing and the property market. He has specialised in renting and how the topic intersects with climate change and the environment. Jim has been recognised for his reporting on how the COVID-19 pandemic would disproportion... Read more

Jordan van den Berg

Jordan van den Berg, an office-worker in Melbourne, is known for his reviews and visits of the worst rentals Australia has to offer by his audience on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. Alongside his reviews, Jordan also uses his platform to passionately contribute to Australian political discourse, ed... Read more

Priya Kunjan

Priya Kunjan (they/them) is South Asian migrant settler living and working on Kulin Nation lands as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RMIT and a volunteer broadcaster at 3CR Community Radio. Their current research focuses on private and public tenants’ experiences of housing precarity in the M... Read more


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