On September 14, 2022 we descended on the Kelvin Club (and online) to listen to Economist Brendan Coates delivering a sobering, hopeful evidenced based address.
The 131st Henry George Commemorative Address Dinner and Address attracted a diverse crowd from across Australian civil society. There was a strong presence of economists, planners, housing advocates, policy makers and long-term Georgists.
One thing was certain: despite all the diversity, all participants were heavily vested to the solutions to the intergenerational housing crisis.
Brendan’s key message: Australia would have done well – possibly much better than we have done – if we heeded the lessons of Henry George and paid more attention to the economics of land.
“This is a problem we can fix, but only if we make the right choices,” the Grattan Institute Economist left us as he ended his address on the Great Australian Nightmare.
Brendan Coates joins the ranks of great speakers like Canberra architect Walter Burley Griffin and former Treasurer Jim Cairns, and the inimitable Saul Eslake.