Canberra Conversation Lecture Series


Thu 7 March 2019Professor Peter Phibbs and Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO / 12.30pm - 1.30 pmFunction Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, CANBERRA CITY

Date: Thursday 7 March 2019
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30 pm
Venue: Function Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, CANBERRA CITY.
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ABOUT: The deterioration in housing affordability and access to housing that meets the needs and preferences of the Canberra community is a continuing concern. While in general, the affordability pressures are a result of a variety of forces, in the ACT the underlying causes of that deterioration relate to a mismatch between the composition of land supply and community needs, and taxation policy changes such as the land tax, and general rates settings.

The ACT Government released its long-awaited Affordable Housing Strategy in October 2018. In releasing the Strategy, the Minister for Housing acknowledged “…there’s no doubt there are people on low incomes and facing disadvantage who remain left behind in the current housing market. These are the people this strategy is designed for. It continues the ACT Government’s long-held commitment to intervening where the housing market fails to provide for these people in our community”.

This IGPA Seminar will discuss the underlying causes of the “market failure” identified by the Minister and the potential efficacy of the new strategy in meeting the housing needs of the Canberra community. The Seminar is organized and jointly convened by Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO and Adjunct Professor Dr Khalid Ahmed PSM. 


Professor Peter Phibbs is a geographer, planner and social economist. Currently, he is Director of the Henry Halloran Trust at the University of Sydney as well as Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at the University.

Professor Phibbs has been undertaking research in the housing market for over twenty-five years. His recent housing research has been on the development of the affordable housing sector in Australia and the impact of housing on a range of other well-being issues including health and educational outcomes.

He has also undertaken an evaluation of Government housing affordability strategies on behalf of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) which released its report in October 2017 titled “Government-led innovations in affordable housing delivery - Inquiry into increasing affordable housing supply: evidence-based principles and strategies for Australian policy and practice”.

Professor Phibbs is currently a member of the World Health Organisation’s working group which is preparing a set of guidelines on the connections between housing and health. He is a regular media commentator on the housing market. 

Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO was a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly from 1998 to 2011. He was the Territory’s Chief Minister from 2001 to and 2011, and also held the portfolios of Health, Attorney?General, Municipal Services, Economic Development and Treasury during his tenure. As the Chief Minister and Treasurer, he commissioned the ACT Affordable Housing Action Plan, and was responsible for its implementation.

He was Administrator of the Australian Indian Ocean Territories from 2012 to 2014. Besides IGPA, Jon is currently engaged with Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Service as an adviser.

In addition to convening this Seminar series, Jon has been a regular commentator on the social, economic and public policy issues in the Australian Capital Territory, and a contributor to local media publications.


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