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    John Cain Lunch (March): The Great Housing Hijack, with Cameron Murray

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    The Great Housing HijackΒ reveals how vested interests pull the strings on the property market in Australia, and offers a solution for genuinely affordable housing for those who need it.

    Everyone claims to want affordable housing, but no one wants cheap housing.

    While Australians on regular incomes dream of lower rents and prices, the housing policy debate has been hijacked, sailing further away from workable solutions.

    Leading economics commentator Cameron Murray reveals how property insiders shape the housing market and its policy settings. He explains what property developers really mean when they call for more supply in order to provide affordable housing. He shows why landlords and the real estate industry resist rent controls and why the tax and first home buyer policies of the main political parties achieve little for first home buyers. The hoaxes created by the Housing Cheer Squad hide the brutal truth: for every winner in the property market, there is a loser.

    For anyone who wants to truly understand the housing market in Australia,Β The Great Housing HijackΒ is essential reading. Drawing on the best housing policies around the world, Murray shows how Australia could create a genuinely affordable housing program without compromising the interests of existing property owners.

    Cameron Murray will address Per Capita's monthly John Cain Lunch about his new book, currently available for 19% off from Booktopia.Β 


    Dr Cameron MurrayΒ is Australia's leading expert commentator on housing. He is an economist and co-author ofΒ Rigged, and runs his own think-tank, Fresh Economic Thinking. He has been a tenant, a home owner, and a landlord, and he has worked in property development.


    Attend our in-person lunch and discussion at 12:30pm or watch the live stream remotely. Live stream will commence at:
    1pm AEDT (NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
    12pm AEST (QLD)
    12:30 ACDT (SA)
    11:30am ACST (NT)
    10am AWST (WA)


    Register here to reserve a seat at our Graduate House event. Your ticket includes lunch from 12:30pm followed by a discussion from 1pm.

    If youΒ purchase an Online Ticket, you will be able to watch the live stream online. You'll receive the link by email.

    Per Capita is committed to keeping its events accessible to those who may not be able to purchase a ticket. For this reason we are making a number of Concession Tickets availableΒ for unwaged/student/full age pension concessions. These tickets cover the cost of lunch plus a free ticket to the discussion.

    Free tickets areΒ available toΒ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoplesΒ in recognition of the fact that this event is being held on stolen land. Please email to request a free ticket.

    If you are able to and would like to help us increase the number of Concession Tickets available,Β please consider a donation on top of your ticket purchase.Β 

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