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The Housing Crisis with Alan Kohler

25 May 2024
5.00pm – 6.00pm AEST
Carriageworks Bay 19
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Alan Kohler and Richard Holden

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Richard Holden | Alan Kohler

Australia, a land of sweeping plains, has one of the lowest population densities on the planet. So, how did we end up with a housing shortage? 

Veteran finance journalist Alan Kohler’s new Quarterly Essay, The Great Divide: Australia’s Housing Crisis and How to Fix It, investigates where things went wrong at the start of the 21st century with escalating property prices leading to a rental crisis, a dearth of public housing and a mortgage crunch.  

Unpack the high price of housing with one of Australia’s most trusted voices in finance news, in conversation with economist and author Richard Holden.

This event is presented by the Sydney Writers' Festival and supported by UNSW Sydney. 


UNSW Sydney is the exclusive university sponsor and proud Premier Partner of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Featuring UNSW academics and researchers on Sydney Writers’ Festival stages, and events at the UNSW Kensington Campus, this partnership brings together a shared vision of creativity, curiosity and thought leadership. 


Ticket Prices*
Adult – $25 
Concession – $15
Wheelchair User – $15

*plus booking fees

Venue Information
This event will take place live at Carriageworks. For all venue and visitor safety information, please visit Sydney Writers' Festival.


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Richard Holden

Richard Holden

Richard Holden in Professor of Economics at UNSW Sydney and President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He was formerly on the faculty at MIT and the University of Chicago and earned a PhD from Harvard University. He has published numerous paper in top economics journals and is a regular columnist at The Australian Financial Review.

Alan Kohler

Alan Kohler

Alan Kohler is finance presenter on ABC News and a columnist for The New Daily. A former editor of The Age and The Australian Financial Review, he founded The Eureka Report and has written for The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. His books include It's Your Money.