Grattan Institute State of Affairs: What would it take to end homelessness in Queensland?

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All Australians are spending more of their incomes on housing, but worsening affordability is hurting low-income earners the most. Almost half of low-income Australians in the private rental market suffer rental stress. It’s probably no coincidence that homelessness is rising.

In this Grattan Institute State of Affairs event, Executive Director of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, and Grattan Institute CEO, John Daley, will explore the best ways to help low-income earners deal with rising housing costs and reduce the number of Queenslanders who are homeless.



Adrian Pisarski is the Executive Director of National Shelter, a key non-government peak organisation advocating ways to improve housing affordability and end homelessness. National Shelter has a 40-year history in the community sector with roles in housing, homelessness, welfare and youth peak bodies in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Adrian was a member of the Affordable Housing Summit Group, instrumental to the development of the National Affordable Housing Agreement and National Rental Affordability Scheme. He has served on numerous advisory bodies for housing, homelessness and youth affairs at state and national levels. Adrian was a Deputy President of Australian Council of Social Service from 2008-13 and Chairperson of National Shelter 2004-2013.

John Daley has been CEO of the Grattan Institute since it was founded eight years ago. He has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, housing affordability, and generational inequality. He has worked at the University of Oxford, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, consulting firm McKinsey and Co, and ANZ Bank in fields including law, public policy, strategy, and finance.


Scott Stephens is the Religion and Ethics Editor for ABC Online and the co-host (with Waleed Aly) of The Minefield on ABC Radio National. He has published widely on moral philosophy, political theory and theological ethics. His book On Contempt will be published later this year by Melbourne University Press. 


Can’t make it in person?

The talk will be livestreamed and we encourage you to join the conversation online @slqld and @GrattanInst

This event is presented in partnership with the Grattan Institute, dedicated to developing high quality public policy for Australia’s future.

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