Many non-Indigenous peoples in settler societies understand themselves as concerned with the legacies of colonialism. They often express a wish to become more “engaged” with that history and with Indigenous peoples. Paradoxically, however, many do not understand how they could do that or whether, indeed, it is their place to do so. In this research, we survey findings from three sets of focus groups with non-Indigenous peoples in Canada conducted over a three-year period and intersecting with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process that has nearly concluded there.Read more
The failure of the market to deliver affordable medium density infill suggests housing supply innovation requires economic actors who are able to commit to the supply of affordable housing and the most obvious candidates are consumers themselves. The solution is ‘deliberative development’ which takes insights from ‘market design’, an offshoot of game theory economics, to minimise the key risk in the development process: uncertain demand. Such ‘deliberative development’ involves the aggregation of housing consumers, who form syndicates which replace the traditional speculative developer....Read more
The United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) is holding a seminar entitled Demographic Transition: Addressing the economic and social impacts of an ageing population: Is there a silver lining? on Thursday 13th November, 2014, in Melbourne.
Held in partnership with National Australia Bank, this seminar seeks to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with an ageing society.Read more
The Australian population is ageing and the housing needs and preferences of the older generations are changing. Australia has an overall housing supply shortage and there is an expectation that older residents downsizing will help to partially resolve this issue. However, obstacles such as the impact of realising owner occupied property-based capital gains on the Aged Pension are limiting the number of dwellings being sold.Read more
A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald caught my attention: “Key to the classroom… make it interesting”. “Really?” I thought. “After all these years of innovation and quality teaching frameworks, are we still trying to work out how to engage students?”Read more
Access to and affordability of digital technology for vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians is an ongoing concern. This talk reports on new research on the access and use of mobile and internet services by people experiencing homelessness and engages with key issues of digital exclusion in the context of a society-wide shift in connectivity and the reform of a wide range of public and commercial services around these changes.Read more