Prof Julian Disney and Kate Colvin, the spokesperson for the Everybody’s Home campaign will brief the National Press Club about the community housing, social and homelessness sector plans to transform the national housing system.
They will argue that current responses to housing affordability focus too much on first home ownership, ignoring the downstream affect on a growing generation of renters and those under housing stress.
They will present a coherent and integrated Housing Plan that will challenge all political parties to rethink housing policy and embrace new models of development, ownership and support.
Julian Disney AO
Prof Julian Disney is an independent housing policy analyst and activist. He will provide an overview of how and why the affordable housing crisis has developed in Australia over the last thirty years, and the economic, social and environmental consequences for individuals, communities and the nation. He will also outline key policies that have been proposed over that period to prevent or alleviate the crisis and the reasons why many of them have been ignored by governments or, if adopted, have had little or no positive effect.
Everybody’s Home campaign director Kate Colvin, will outline the community housing and homelessness sector plans to transform the national housing market. She will present coherent and integrated Housing Plan that will challenge all political parties to rethink housing policy and embrace new models of development, ownership and support.
Sally McManus is the 10th elected ACTU Secretary in the organisation’s 90-year history and the first woman to hold the prestigious position. Sally was previously an ACTU Vice President directing the ACTU’s campaigns.
Prior to joining the ACTU, Sally was the Branch Secretary and an Organiser with the ASU in NSW and ACT for 22 years. During Sally’s time as ASU Secretary their membership grew from 9,500 to 12,000 members. She has led many successful campaigns in the private, public and community sectors including a campaign preventing water privatisation and the Equal Pay campaign for community and disability workers that delivered between 18-40% pay increases.
Matthew grew up in Logan just south of Brisbane. After achieving a First Class Honours Degree in Economics at the University of Queensland, Matthew worked at the Productivity Commission where he eventually rose to the level of Director.
During that time Matthew worked on projects ranging from competition laws, housing affordability to counting the number of policies that Australian governments have introduced to tackle climate change (the answer was 244).
Becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of coherent economic policy by the Rudd Government, Matthew went to work for Barnaby Joyce as his Chief-of-Staff ahead of the 2010 election. In that role, Matthew helped develop policies to provide tax concessions for vital infrastructure and to encourage people to move to the regions, worked on a Senate inquiry that recommended stricter environmental controls on coal seam gas developments and developed a Coalition report on the potential to invest in new dams throughout Australia.
At the 2013 election Matthew was elected to the Senate. He took up his position as a Senator in the Nationals party room in July 2014 as a Senator based in Rockhampton, the first Senator to be based in Rockhampton for more than 20 years.
Matthew is a former Lions Youth of the Year and worked as a Leader with the Christian Brothers on Edmund Rice Camps, where he met his wife. They now live in Yeppoon near Rockhampton, with their four sons and baby daughter.
While Matthew’s family is very proud of him being preselected by the LNP to run for the Senate, his Father remains slightly disappointed that he gave up cricket at 16 and therefore never fulfilled his true calling to play test cricket for Australia.
Dr Richard Di Natale has been the leader of the Australian Greens since May 2015. He was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and re-elected in 2016. He is the Greens’ first Victorian Senator. His portfolios include health, multiculturalism and sport.
Prior to entering parliament, Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector.
Richard is the co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends for Drug Policy and Law Reform, the Parliamentary Friends of West Papua and the Parliamentary Friends of Medicine.
Richard, his wife Lucy and two young sons live on a working farm in the foothills of Victoria’s Otway Range. The son of Italian migrants, Richard grew up in Melbourne. He played VFA football for six years and is a long-suffering Richmond Tigers fan.
Minister Josh Frydenberg was elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010. In July 2016, he was appointed the Minister for the Environment and Energy, having previously served as Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Assistant Treasurer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister since the 2013 Australian federal election.
Minister Frydenberg completed Law and Economics degrees at Monash University, and went on to graduate with a Masters in International Relations from Oxford University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He has worked as a Senior Adviser to former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and was a Director of Global Banking at Deutsche Bank.
Mr Morrow was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a Director of nbn effective 2 April 2014. He joined nbn with a remit to ensure all homes, businesses and communities across Australia can access fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices and at least cost.
Mr Morrow is known for his global expertise in leading complex turnarounds and capital intensive start-ups. His industry experience spans fixed line broadband services, fixed wireless, mobile wireless, and gas and electric utilities.
Prior to his present role Mr Morrow served as CEO of Vodafone Hutchison Australia in Sydney, CEO of Clearwire Corporation in Seattle, CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., CEO of Vodafone Europe, and CEO of Japan Telecom.
Bill Morrow is a former non-executive board member of Broadcom and Openwave.
Mr Morrow holds an Associate of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Condie College and a BA in Business Administration from National University in San Diego.
Mr Morrow’s current term as a Director will expire on 1 April 2020.
Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His novels Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in 42 countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North in 2014.
This is a National Press Club of Australia MEMBER ONLY event.
This Address will take place in the Great Hall at Parliament House.
The Hon. Scott Morrison MP is the Treasurer and a senior member of Prime Minister Turnbull’s Cabinet and Expenditure Review Committee.
Minister Morrison was appointed Minister for Social Services on December 23, 2014 and was responsible for driving the Coalition Government’s welfare reform strategy that is designed to increase the economic participation of Australians and to ensure the long term sustainability of Australia’s welfare safety net.
Prior to serving as Minister for Social Services, Minister Morrison was the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection where he also served on the National Security Committee of Cabinet and he successfully implemented Operation Sovereign Borders, that ‘stopped the boats’, saving lives and restoring public confidence in Australia’s immigration programme. As Minister, Mr Morrison also initiated some of the most significant reforms to Australia’s border management operations in a generation, including the decision to establish the Australian Border Force.
Mr Morrison was first elected to the House of Representatives as the Federal Member for Cook, in southern Sydney in NSW in November 2007. Prior to his appointment as Minister in the first Abbott Cabinet in September 2013, he served in various portfolios in opposition including Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Productivity and Population, Infrastructure, Housing and Local Government.
Prior to entering politics, Mr Morrison worked as a CEO and senior executive in various industry bodies and government agencies, including Managing Director of Tourism Australia, State Director of the Liberal Party in NSW and National Policy and Research Manager for the Property Council of Australia.
Minister Morrison holds an Honours degree in Applied Economic Geography from the University of NSW.
Chris Bowen entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios including serving as Treasurer, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Immigration, Minister for Financial Services, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Competition Policy, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Tertiary Education. Chris has been responsible for a range of significant policy reform programs in these portfolios.
He served as Interim Leader of the Labor Party and Acting Leader of the Opposition following the 2013 Federal election and has been Shadow Treasurer since 2013.
Chris served on Fairfield Council for nine years, was a former Mayor of Fairfield Council, and former President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).
He has a Bachelor of Economics degree, a Masters Degree in International Relations and is the final stages of completing a Diploma in Modern Languages (Bahasa Indonesia).
He lives in Smithfield with his wife Rebecca, children Grace and Max and Ollie the Labrador.
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