The last quarter of 2014 and the early months of 2015 might turn out to be a decisive time for the medium we call television. In a single week in October, US networks CBS and HBO both announced online-only subscription video services. The New York Times declared it ‘a watershed moment for web-delivered television’, a move by two titans of traditional TV that signalled ‘how rapidly the balance of power is shifting in the television landscape’. In Australia, the TV market was very different, but online subscription video services seemed to be arriving ‘all at once’ as well.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