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Kathy Mac Dermott
Welcome from the Future Directions
20 Jan 2021 - Future Directions Committee
Townsville needs to compete for investment
9 Sep 2020 - Chris Mountford
In a post COVID world Townsville has an opportunity to shine by attracting private investment and population growth.
Can Queensland afford to miss the opportunity?
2 Sep 2020 - Chris Mountford
The central question Queensland’s political leaders need to ask themselves as they plot our economic recovery must be ‘can we afford to miss the opportunity?’
Editorial The NT’s dire debt crisis gets even deeper
30 Jul 2020 - Ruth Palmer
Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia
29 Nov 2019 - Ruth Palmer
While the Defence projects have trickled through and provided stimulus to those lucky enough to benefit from the spend, it was no-where near what we had first heard and expected to contribute to our economy.
Reflections on Dr Richard Harris at Property Congress
23 Sep 2019 - Brian Wightman
Richard ‘Harry’ Harris exits stage left. The audience hold their applause until he is out of sight.
Time to change the conversation around density
11 Jun 2019 - Sandra Brewer
It’s time we talked about density. Or more to the point, it’s time we had a different conversation about density.
Three job creating ideas for WA's GST
14 Nov 2018 - Sandra Brewer
Western Australians have been working hard for over a decade. We’ve been a net contributor to the Australian economy. Many of us feel we’ve been doing the lifting while the other states have been doing the leaning.
Powerful people magnets
14 Nov 2018 - Ken Morrison
For a country that has been built on growth, some of Australia’s political leaders seem to be increasingly ambivalent about the concept.
Property policy changes will hit everyday Aussies where they live
7 Nov 2018 - Ken Morrison
Property investors are mostly everyday Australians, spread across the community.
Land tax grab a burden for all
31 Oct 2018 - Chris Mountford
Many Townsville investors who own buildings or land assets in the region will have recently received their land tax notices.
Fun, flexibility, freedom - a new way for Victorians to live
27 Sep 2018 - Property Council
Charging foreign owners extra for property will cost Western Australian jobs
17 Sep 2018 - Sandra Brewer
They say, “money makes the world go ‘round” and although it may seem crass and crude, it’s quite true.
Lessons from east coast: Foreign buyer surcharge to housing affordability and jobs
17 Sep 2018 - Sandra Brewer
Property Council of Australia WA Executive Director Sandra Brewer caught up with Cbus Property Group Chief Executive Officer Adrian Pozzo at the 2018 Property Congress in Darwin, to talk about the impact of the foreign buyer surcharge on th
Incentivising Townsville’s economic development
12 Sep 2018 - Chris Mountford
State Government, City Council and private sector decisionmakers are all united in their commitment to the vision of developing Townsville’s Waterfront. An expanded and vibrant CBD will create jobs, increase amenity and act as an engine roo
Cottesloe foreshore highlights need for planning reform
7 Sep 2018 - Sandra Brewer, WA Executive Director
Think of spectacular beachside locales in Australia: Manly, Byron Bay and our very own Bunker Bay. What do they have in common? Not portaloos – that’s for certain.
Sunshine Coast Lunch
22 Aug 2018 - Property Council of Australia
The second Property Council Sunshine Coast Lunch for the year, held at the Innovation Centre on Friday 10 August, explored the challenge of maintaining long term housing affordability in the face of an expected population boom over the next
The Property Puzzle - Episode Two
22 Aug 2018 - Property Council of Australia
‘The Community Never Knew What to Expect of Greater Springfield’ is the Property Puzzle’s latest episode, featuring exclusive development insights and career advice from Springfield City Group’s Managing Director, Raynuha Sinnathamby.
Actions come to fruition
22 Aug 2018 - Chris Mountford
Over the last few weeks the Queensland Parliament has gone through the annual Budget Estimates hearings that are supposed to flesh out some of the detail of the programs set to be delivered across the financial year.
Combustible Cladding Update
22 Aug 2018 - Property Council of Australia
The Queensland Government has launched a new website providing further information on the new obligations on owners of private and local government buildings to undertake a mandatory ‘combustible cladding checklist’.
Yeronga TAFE PDA
22 Aug 2018 - Property Council of Australia
Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) declared the former Yeronga TAFE site a Priority Development Area (PDA) on the 10 August 2018.
Time to be a little bold
8 Aug 2018 - Ken Morrison
Townsville in the ‘metropolitan century’
26 Jul 2018 - Chris Mountford
Over the next 25 years, the population of the North Queensland region is expected to grow to 340,000 people – a remarkable 40 per cent increase.
Learning from the New York story
25 Jul 2018 - Ken Morrison
There’s an incredible energy and excitement to a world city which can be both exhilarating and exhausting.
Planning for good growth
18 Jul 2018 - Ken Morrison
The population debate has come back on to the political and media agenda in the lead-up to the ‘Super Saturday’ by-elections.
Committing to diversity and inclusion
11 Jul 2018 - Kathy Mac Dermott
Diversity among our workforce and industry leadership means we can benefit from the insight, experience and capability of the whole community.
The road to zero carbon
4 Jul 2018 - Ken Morrison
Governments around the world have committed to the Paris Agreement. For Australia this effectively means transitioning to a zero carbon economy by 2050.
Earning and retaining our social license
27 Jun 2018 - Ken Morrison
This week I had the opportunity to attend the Crawford Leadership Forum at the ANU in Canberra, listening to leaders from across business, academia and government on the issues and trends which are creating new challenges and opportunities
Places for people
20 Jun 2018 - Ken Morrison
Whether it’s a new family home or an opera house, our industry designs, builds and manages physical assets which have a profound impact on people’s lives beyond their built form.
13 Jun 2018 - Ken Morrison
It can be invigorating to take a step back from the day-to-day demands of operating a business or looking after your customers to reflect on the game-changing trends shaping our industry.
Doing the hard yards in reform
6 Jun 2018 - Ken Morrison
You often hear the lament that Australia seems to have lost its appetite for the big picture, nation-building reforms of previous decades.
Honouring our industry trailblazers
30 May 2018 - Ken Morrison
In 1932 the premier of New South Wales, Jack Lang, opened the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Australia’s population was around six and a half million people.
Great leaders and great cities
23 May 2018 - Ken Morrison
Our industry is fortunate to have some truly great leaders, past and present, who have left a legacy for generations of Australians through the places and communities they have created.
Creating great Australian cities
16 May 2018 - Ken Morrison
The world is embarking on a ‘metropolitan century’ and Australia is no different.
Taxes and Budgets
2 May 2018 - Ken Morrison
We all have a ‘love/hate’ relationship with tax. We understand that our taxes pay for our roads, police, schools, defence, a social safety net and lay the foundations for a prosperous economy and a fair society.
Plan now to avoid housing shortages in next boom
30 Apr 2018 - Lino Iacomella
It sounds strange now to write about housing shortages in WA but two big announcements this week compel us to do just that.
Let’s not undermine our course on growth
30 Apr 2018 - Jane Fitzgerald
Sydney is growing just as it has always grown. To plan and make the best from this growth we need to give the Greater Sydney Commission
Property tax hikes will hit economy hard
28 Apr 2018 - Chris Mountford
The state government's planned property tax increases, due to come into effect on July 1, risk wiping the state off the global investment map.
The power of memory and places
24 Apr 2018 - Kathy Mac Dermott
If I asked you about some of your earliest memories of childhood, I expect you would tell me mostly about people and places.
Launching a new strategy
18 Apr 2018 - Ken Morrison
Today we are launching our three-year Strategy. It’s a Strategy that has been developed over seven months, with considerable input from our board, division councils, corporate leaders and staff.
11 Apr 2018 - Ken Morrison
In our industry, precision matters. Numbers, calculations and measurements are the foundation of what we do.
Build-to-rent projects can ease our housing crisis
10 Apr 2018 - Mike Zorbas
Victoria is growing, and fast — by 12,000 people a month. That’s 35,000 more people a year than NSW. And Melbourne is growing faster than any other Australian city.
Change and continued effort
21 Mar 2018 - Ken Morrison
The work of engaging, consulting, driving new ideas, and participating in the debates that shape communities is something that is about continual effort. Sometimes change is fast, other times slow, but mostly, change is the result of conti
A multitude of voices
14 Mar 2018 - Ken Morrison
Our industry is not shaped by having unanimity in views. Rather, we grow, innovate and change by hearing alternate views.
A big deal
8 Mar 2018 - Ken Morrison
The Property Council has championed the idea of city deals because evidence from the UK and other countries show they work. They are a way of bringing disparate governments – and their often more disparate departments – together to align on
A long term game-plan for our cities
7 Mar 2018 - Ken Morrison
It was in 1889 in the little town of Tenterfield that Henry Parkes had Australia’s best idea: instead of six colonies, why don’t we become one country and solve our problems together?
5 Mar 2018 - Brian Wightman
Right now, Hobart enjoys a wonderful reputation. It is the flavour.
Misdiagnosing our cities
28 Feb 2018 - Ken Morrison
The one thing worse than not getting an ailment treated, is getting it mistreated. Misdiagnosis can make problems worse. Over the past week there has been plenty of debate about the growth of our cities.
The eighth wonder of the world
21 Feb 2018 - Ken Morrison
Albert Einstein is reported to have said, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it ... he who doesn't ... pays it.”
14 Feb 2018 - Ken Morrison
Every organisation needs to find its fountain of good ideas.
Listening to our members
7 Feb 2018 - Ken Morrison
Have you ever used an etymological dictionary? It will tell you the original meaning of a word, where it has come from, and how it has evolved.
Five steps to prosperity
1 Feb 2018 - Property Council of Australia
The state election presents an opportunity to ensure that the major parties continue to have strong economic policies and a will to implement them.
Creating for Generations
31 Jan 2018 - Ken Morrison
When you look at the cranes, bulldozers and hi-vis vests around our cities at the moment, it is so apparent that our industry is a driver of the growth we are now seeing across the economy.
Supply key for housing affordability not new taxes
30 Jan 2018 - Brian Wightman
The property industry in Tasmania pays $927 million dollars in taxes annually, $869 million in wages, creates almost 14,000 direct jobs, and contributes $2 billion in Gross State Product.
In the engine room of Australia's growth
24 Jan 2018 - Ken Morrison
Our industry is in a good place. While construction peaked in many areas in 2017, the outlook is still remarkably strong.
Starting the year with confidence
17 Jan 2018 - Ken Morrison
The property industry starts 2018 with confidence. The ANZ/Property Council Survey released last week highlighted the fact that across Australia our industry has a pipeline of work covering a range of sectors.
What WA property owners and investors are looking for in 2018
3 Jan 2018 - Lino Iacomella
For good reason WA property owners and investors have high expectations in 2018 after a run of lean years.
Approaching 2018 with confidence
20 Dec 2017 - Ken Morrison
2017 is passing before our eyes. Another year of surprises and twists and turns is coming to an end – and for most of us, we are in good shape.
Property tax hikes will hurt all Queenslanders
19 Dec 2017 - Chris Mountford
Nothing is certain except death and taxes.
Giving back to the community
13 Dec 2017 - Ken Morrison
The finish line of 2017 is in sight! In past weeks, over 6,000 people have attended Property Council Christmas events around Australia.
The return of wooden escalators
6 Dec 2017 - Ken Morrison
When you live in a big city, it takes a lot to be surprised – and even more to be truly delighted.
Tuning in to the community's voice
29 Nov 2017 - Ken Morrison
All bar the final counting, the Queensland election is over. The government is now readying for its second term which includes its eleventh hour announcement that it will increase land tax and foreign investment taxes. The economic case aga
Planning decisions and good governance
22 Nov 2017 - Ken Morrison
Making planning decisions is a complicated business.
Shake-up transport planning to achieve policy ‘hattrick’
21 Nov 2017 - Lino Iacomella
Fixing WA’s planning and local government laws alone will not be enough to achieve the level of community support the state is seeking for its ambitious and necessary growth plans. WA’s omnipotent transport agencies and systems also need
Creating competitive advantage
15 Nov 2017 - Ken Morrison
Almost every business school in the world teaches the work of Harvard Professor Michael Porter.
Housing for every stage of life
8 Nov 2017 - Ken Morrison
Our housing should reflect where we are on our life’s journey – and our industry is great at developing options for every stage of life.
Our blueprint for jobs and communities
1 Nov 2017 - Ken Morrison
The starter’s gun has now been fired for the Queensland election. It marks the start of an election season, with the Queensland poll on 25 November, the crucial New England by-election on 2 December, the South Australian election on 17 Marc
A productivity boost for our cities
25 Oct 2017 - Ken Morison
It’s not an understatement to say, our cities are the biggest drivers of growth and collaboration in the country.
We need to get used to Sydney being a global city
19 Oct 2017 - Jane Fitzgerald
In 50 years’ time in Sydney we will live closer, share more, move differently and will have changed some of our entrenched cultural biases
Bringing the community with us
18 Oct 2017 - Ken Morrison
Today 740 people from across the industry are travelling to Cairns for The Property Congress. This year’s Congress is our 40th – and our biggest yet.
A lesson noticed nationwide
11 Oct 2017 - Ken Morrison
There are newspaper articles that become fish’n’chips wrapping and there are newspaper articles that change the course of cities.
Inspired by change
4 Oct 2017 - Kathy Mac Dermott
“Change is the law of life,” said John F. Kennedy. By its very nature, it can’t be ignored. It forces a response from all of us.
Property Sector Can Only Be Defined By It's People
1 Oct 2017 - Adina Cirson
This week I was asked about what I thought of the ‘prevailing culture’ of the ACT Property Sector – the implication of course being that there was something wrong with it.
Keeping the public's confidence
27 Sep 2017 - Ken Morrison
We are currently living in what can euphemistically be called an ‘issues-rich environment’.
Voicing our concerns
20 Sep 2017 - Ken Morrison
The industry was alarmed by last week’s surprise announcement that the Federal Government intends to ban managed investment trusts from investing in residential property (except for affordable housing).
Co-operative approach needed on flammable cladding problem
14 Sep 2017 - Ken Morrison
Australians don’t often think of fire standards. That’s mainly because our standards are so high, and disasters are so rare. We’ve always understood that people are more important than an extra buck — and if we want to promote the benefits
R U OK?
13 Sep 2017 - Ken Morrison
Most weeks I write about the things that our industry is getting right. Today, I want to write about something we are getting wrong. It’s mental health. Every second day, our industry loses a worker to suicide. Let that sink in: Every. S
Build to rent a double affordability dividend
12 Sep 2017 - Ken Morrison
There has been a somewhat "glass half empty" perspective on build to rent – the potential new asset class that has the property industry sharpening its pencils and is turning heads in governments. But let's cast a more positive eye over thi
Growth is the Word in WA Budget
11 Sep 2017 - Lino Iacomella
It was telling that the Treasurer’s Budget speech this year used the word ‘growth’ 32 times and on all but eight occasions, it was used to describe the urgent need to drive economic prosperity in WA. This was a good start because growth is
Taking a safety-first approach
6 Sep 2017 - Ken Morrison
The fire safety of building products has been back in the public eye again this week, with the ABC’s Four Corners program airing a story on the subject on Monday night.
Shared land agenda key to Perth City progress
4 Sep 2017 - Property Council
When 350 people from all walks of life got together recently to discuss ideas to improve the Perth city centre it was land and its various uses and controls that was common in the top ideas.
Getting housing and jobs back into kilter
30 Aug 2017 - Ken Morrison
In every city of Australia, housing affordability means something different.
WA property recovery on track with bumps on the way
23 Aug 2017 - Property Council of Australia
The WA property sector is on track for a recovery but it looks like it will take a little longer to fully materialise according to the latest survey of business confidence in the industry.
Growth matters for 21st century jobs
21 Aug 2017 - Lino Iacomella
With the prospect of robotics and automation transforming work it was interesting to see a report recently comparing which Australian cities are best prepared for the changes ahead. And guess which cities are doing better, the fastest grow
Pathway to security
16 Aug 2017 - Ken Morrison
Buying a home is not merely a rational decision, though we all weigh up the pros and cons of possible purchases. Buying a home is something deeply personal and emotional.
Keep WA growing
9 Aug 2017 - Ken Morrison
Every city and region faces its challenges – our diversified economy means that it is rare for our states to be in sync with each other.
Competition, collaboration and disruption
2 Aug 2017 - Ken Morrison
It’s been a busy fortnight – with over 2,800 people attending Property Council events and another 1,700 people booked in to attend our Australian Office Market Report events tomorrow.
Designing female-friendly cities
19 Jul 2017 - Ken Morrison
The highest compliment that can be made about a suburb or a community is that it’s ‘a great place to raise a family’.
Preparing for tomorrow
12 Jul 2017 - Glenn Byres
In our daily lives, we all try to be on time. It’s not just polite, it’s the easier way to get things done. But in our professional lives, our defining challenge, is to be ahead of our time.
The bad marriage that risks pushing up house prices
11 Jul 2017 - Jane Fitzgerald
NSW has a relationship problem and it's not one that is going to resolve itself through therapy, long walks on the beach or candle-lit dinners. It's a relationship problem between our state government and local councils. It's a long-term re
A creating and creative industry
5 Jul 2017 - Kathy Mac Dermott
We often talk about “the property industry” as if there was one amorphous group of people which make up our industry. The truth is, it’s not.
Do No Harm
4 Jul 2017 - Andrew Fletcher
As the newly elected Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian stamped housing affordability as her highest priority and identified increased housing supply as the key. Since then, the government has acted on several fronts, including $720 million
A snapshot of Australia
28 Jun 2017 - Ken Morrison
If there is a Christmas day for demographers and statisticians, it’s the day that the census data is released.
Seven key shifts in the retirement living sector
26 Jun 2017 - Property Council of Australia
Australians are changing how they retire. But rather than a seismic shift (such as Uber’s influence on the transport industry) the disruptions to retirement living are more complex, write the team at Plus Architecture.
The Grenfell Fire
21 Jun 2017 - Ken Morrison
The Grenfell Tower fire in the UK has sent a shudder through Australia’s property industry.
The ground has been set
14 Jun 2017 - Ken Morrison
We live in a world of the instant: constant email, fast-paced news, instant gratification, and demands met immediately.
The Gordian knot
7 Jun 2017 - Ken Morrison
Later this week, a vital report about the future of Australia’s electricity market will be released.
Stick to the Plan
5 Jun 2017 - Property Council of Australia
The state member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp MP, decreed last week that any new masterplan for 63-hectares of land at Broadmeadow should exclude new housing. In doing so, he chose to bypass the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 and Labor’s pledg
More diversity will solve Perth’s emerging housing crisis
1 Jun 2017 - Property Council of Australia
Sydney’s housing crisis is getting all the headlines but there is a housing crisis emerging in Perth with affordability that is different to Sydney, however the solution is the same – fix the supply of new housing
Debunking the myths about foreign investment
31 May 2017 - Ken Morrison
For the last two days, our industry has been speaking with political leaders as part of the annual Property Leaders’ Summit in Canberra.
Bringing leaders together
24 May 2017 - Ken Morrison
Next week the Property Council takes the industry’s leaders to Parliament House in Canberra.
Helping empty nesters
17 May 2017 - Ken Morrison
For some, the old family house provides solace and memories of the family from years past, but for others, the big house is kept because any benefits from downsizing are exceeded by the costs.
The Budget and housing
11 May 2017 - Ken Morrison
Like the dreamboat you met at the party last night, sometimes budgets can look a bit cracked in the cold light of day.
A truly creative industry
3 May 2017 - Ken Morrison
On Friday night over 1,000 people from across the industry will gather for the annual Innovation and Excellence Awards Gala Dinner at Sydney’s International Convention Centre.
Enabling Housing Affordability
27 Apr 2017 - Property Council of Australia
New policy settings to ease the housing affordability crisis will be at the heart of Commonwealth and NSW budgets to be handed down in the coming weeks. Beating them both to the punch last month was Federal Labor, with the release of their
Buildings that touch the soul
26 Apr 2017 - Glenn Byres
Throughout time, the great buildings of the world have shared one thing in common. They have a capacity to touch the soul.
Family homes and nest eggs
19 Apr 2017 - Property Australia
While national home ownerships are off their peak, more than two-thirds of all adult Australians own their own home or are paying off their own home.
Serving you better
12 Apr 2017 - Kathy Mac Dermott
Our members build the houses, schools, shopping centres, hospitals and infrastructure that keeps the country growing and people moving.
Fresh approach essential for TasWater woes
31 Mar 2017 - Brian Wightman
In 2015 there were more than 900, yes that's right, 900 spills of raw effluent leaching into the Tamar River Estuary from the Margaret Street Pump Station. Unacceptable you may say? Well a marked improvement on 1200 "incidents" a year earl
The skyscraper of trees
29 Mar 2017 - Ken Morrison
I don’t know if you have ever seen a redwood tree. The redwoods are known as the ‘skyscraper of trees’ because they can grow to up to 120 meters in height. They are so broad that roads have been (horrifically!) carved through them – and the
Do the numbers stack up?
23 Mar 2017 - Ken Morrison
This week marks the eighty fifth anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Surprisingly, had we applied today’s infrastructure metrics it would not have been built.
The Perils of Populism
21 Mar 2017 - Property Council of Australia
Brexit and Trump were no accident. Both campaigns invested heavily in “Big Data” to predict human behaviour. Their leaders then used populist tactics to convince voters they should reject new-age politics and embrace protectionism.
Welcome, dangerous and interesting ideas
15 Mar 2017 - Ken Morrison
Have you ever been at one of those planning days when the moderator says “there is no such thing as a bad idea”?
Well, how quickly things change
14 Mar 2017 - Property Council of Australia
In the space of a few weeks, the state now has both major political parties committed to water and sewerage reform.
Big data, sustainability and our cities
8 Mar 2017 - Ken Morrison
For the last two days I have been attending our annual Green Cities conference which we run in partnership with the Green Building Council of Australia.
Learning from the Brits
1 Mar 2017 - Ken Morrison
Australians don’t like to think that we have much in common with ‘the Poms’. But they are facing similar challenges when it comes to housing affordability, increasing housing supply and encouraging greater institutional investment in housin
Nine dangerous words
22 Feb 2017 - Ken Morrison
Ronald Reagan once said that the nine most dangerous words in the English language were: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
22 Feb 2017 - Andrew Fletcher
The property sector is Australia’s biggest industry and employs 1.1 million Australians. Across the Hunter, it contributes $3.6 billion to economic growth, pays $1.4 billion in wages and generates 23,190 jobs.
Growth is never easy
15 Feb 2017 - Ken Morrison
In our families, careers and businesses, growth is never easy. Growth brings new challenges. It can be exhilarating and occasionally painful, and requires us to expand our capabilities. And once we have grown, it is enormously satisfying as
Small budget hit for big affordability gain
14 Feb 2017 - Property Council of Australia
A lack of housing diversity is undermining attempts to make housing more affordable and new initiatives are needed before the market takes off again in Perth
What is great architecture?
8 Feb 2017 - Ken Morrison
We often think the great architects are the ones who create buildings of beauty. Yet it’s an incomplete view. Great architecture is mostly about resolving the conflicting demands of a client.
Cities and ecosystems
1 Feb 2017 - Ken Morrison
One of the myths of leaders – be they individuals or companies – is that somehow they emerge in spite of their environment.
Buildings that shape us
25 Jan 2017 - Ken Morrison
It was just over 70 years ago that London architects and planners considered the most unique heritage project of the times, the rebuilding of the House of Commons following the Nazi bombing blitz.
A time for optimism
18 Jan 2017 - Ken Morrison
Welcome to the first edition of Property Australia for 2017. New Years should always be a time for optimism – not just because the traffic is lighter and it’s easier to find a seat on the bus or the train, but because we should start a year
Time for radical surgery
16 Jan 2017 - Andrew Fletcher
With research showing a continued failure to meet demand will leave the Hunter 30,000 homes short by 2024, now is the time for radical surgery. Instead, NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes has recently announced a new range of band-aids.
A year of leadership and real results
21 Dec 2016 - Ken Morrison
Over 2016 the Property Council has delivered literally hundreds of submissions on local, state and national issues. As well, we have led debates about infrastructure, planning, housing affordability, sustainability, diversity and digital di
Living the good life, longer
15 Dec 2016 - Property Council of Australia
Good health and wellbeing is the key to a long and happy life. It is a critical issue, not just for our residents, but for everyone as they enter their retirement years, writes Stockland's Stephen Bull.
Save, consume or invest?
14 Dec 2016 - Ken Morrison
You and I have a choice with every dollar we earn – we can save, we can consume or we can invest.
7 Dec 2016 - Ken Morrison
Mostly, disruption captures people off-guard. As Bill Gates says “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.”
Building coalitions and communities
30 Nov 2016 - Ken Morrison
This week, nearly 500 people attended the annual National Retirement Living Summit and it is clear that the sentiment of the survey reflects what is happening on the ground around Australia.
Housing for the silver tsunami
23 Nov 2016 - Ken Morrison
Our cities are efficient and our lives easier when we can move easily to housing that suits our lives. A growing and vibrant part of our industry is retirement living.
Carrots and sticks
16 Nov 2016 - Ken Morrison
The bombshell from the US wasn’t the only thing that happened last week (believe it or not).
Technology changing the face of seniors design
10 Nov 2016 - Property Council of Australia
‘Glocalisation’ will play a key role in the future design of seniors living and aged care facilities, write the team at ThomsonAdsett, a Retirement Living Summit associate sponsor.
Shedding light on value capture
9 Nov 2016 - Ken Morrison
Value capture is the policy buzz word of the moment. On the one hand its advocates point to the substantial infrastructure deficits in our major cities. Value capture is one way to begin to close this gap they say.
Innovative ways to implement safety standards
8 Nov 2016 - Property Council of Australia
Retirees are recognised worldwide as one of society’s more vulnerable population groups. This is why a mandatory safety inspection of your retirement village each year should include an audit of property health and safety standards as well
Five reasons for a positive outlook
2 Nov 2016 - Ken Morrison
The good news is that there are some fundamentals about our industry that should make us positive about the future. Let me give you five reasons to be confident.
A week for words and actions
26 Oct 2016 - Ken Morrison
The Property Council likes to be ahead of change – because that’s the best way to help our industry. When you are leading change, words and action go hand in hand. We have witnessed this in the last week.
Dealing with growth
19 Oct 2016 - Ken Morrison
Today and tomorrow 700 delegates are travelling to Queensland for the 2016 Property Congress. I’m looking forward to spending time with members from across Australia for an event that sold out months ago.
Imagining new worlds
12 Oct 2016 - Ken Morrison
One of the wonders of childhood is the capacity of children to imagine new worlds. To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, they ‘dream of things that never were and ask why not’.
Your voice being heard
5 Oct 2016 - Ken Morrison
Ours is an age when there are so many voices and opinions. While we might seem to be more connected than ever before, the reality is with so much noise it can be hard to be heard.
Encouraging home ownership
28 Sep 2016 - Property Australia
Are we seeing the first sparks of a true housing affordability debate emanating from the nation's capital?
Get ready for the silver tsunami
22 Sep 2016 - Property Council of Australia
Ask anyone in real estate which market sector is leading the pack and they’ll no doubt answer housing for seniors.
The necessity of compromise
21 Sep 2016 - Ken Morrison
It doesn’t matter if you live in a large city or on a quiet town, every day we are required to make compromises.
Focus on planning reform
14 Sep 2016 - Ken Morrison
In Tasmania, the visitor economy is a key growth driver. I am here to meet with members and to see first-hand the terrific progress that is being made on three major projects across the city.
Preparing for the future
7 Sep 2016 - Ken Morrison
Our industry is remarkably good at finding new ways to make our homes, communities and workplaces more suited to our needs – but we also must be just as good at anticipating society’s future needs.
Perth CBD Needs a New Plan
5 Sep 2016 - Property Council of Australia
It’s been a fantastic decade of growth and investment for the Perth CBD and now the challenge is the make it work effectively to avoid becoming a victim of its own success.
31 Aug 2016 - Ken Morrison
This week the Property Council celebrates a significant milestone.
24 Aug 2016 - Ken Morrison
When people talk about the property industry, they mostly speak about building – about planning, design, construction, and the needs met by property.
Meeting the human need
17 Aug 2016 - Ken Morrison
The untold story of the last century is how markets can work to meet most human needs.
The art of good decision-making
10 Aug 2016 - Ken Morrison
Every day we make decisions. Most are easy, but some stop us in our tracks and make us really think.
Canberra is not far off the mark for a place where people can live better
6 Aug 2016 - Merlin Kong
The philosopher Aristotle once noted that "a city comes into being for the sake of life but exists for the sake of living well". In other words, people come to cities to live, but they stay because they're living life better.
3 Aug 2016 - Ken Morrison
The level of innovation within the property industry is truly amazing.
You can't outrun a bear
27 Jul 2016 - Ken Morrison
There’s a story about two campers in the woods who see a bear heading towards them.
Canberra's mixed use precincts lead to a community that thrives
23 Jul 2016 - Merlin Kong
Mixed use developments, the bringing together of residential, retail and work elements can have a positive impact on our community.
The buck stops here
20 Jul 2016 - Ken Morrison
One of history’s most unlikely leaders, Harry S Truman, had a sign on his desk saying “the buck stops here”.
Learning the lessons
13 Jul 2016 - Ken Morrison
Australia’s longest election campaign in 50 years is over. It is not an easy time to lead anywhere in the world and we congratulate Prime Minister Turnbull and the Coalition on their re-election.
Connected = Competitive
11 Jul 2016 - Andrew Fletlcher
Modern cities are increasingly connected. In the way we live and work, as well as the way data, goods and services travel around our communities
Who's winning in the fifth year of tax reform?
10 Jul 2016 - Merlin Kong
Since 2012, general sentiment from those who follow the ACT government's tax reforms during the budget and estimates hearings usually involves a dose of foreboding about the future.
It's Raining Taxes in Victoria But There's No Hallelujah
8 Jul 2016 - Property Council of Australia
When it rains, it pours. And when it comes to property taxation in Victoria, many would argue it is bucketing.
Living with uncertainty
6 Jul 2016 - Ken Morrison
Though we do not know the final outcome – we accept and respect the result because in a democracy it is the voters’ prerogative to choose the parliament.
Decision time for Australia
29 Jun 2016 - Ken Morrison
Voting is a heavy responsibility and our political system needs to deliver prosperity and fairness to our country.
Let's clean up building emissions now
25 Jun 2016 - Merlin Kong
Our buildings are responsible for around a quarter of Australia's carbon footprint. But a new report has found we can eliminate emissions from our buildings entirely by 2050 – and we can do so with technology that exists today.
22 Jun 2016 - Ken Morrison
Our industry can be proud of the fact that it has created homes for 24 million Australians.
A check-up for the states
15 Jun 2016 - Ken Morrison
When you get to a certain age, it’s generally good to get regular check-ups.
Context crucial in ACT Budget
11 Jun 2016 - Merlin Kong
As a marketing exercise, the recent ACT Budget was a populist pitch with pre-budget promises of green bins, free city loop bus services, and rates increases that will be "considerably lower".
Asking "Why Not?"
8 Jun 2016 - Ken Morrison
It was the poet George Bernard Shaw who first wrote the words “some people see things as they are and ask why; I dream of things that never were and ask, why not”.
Building cleaner cities is critical
6 Jun 2016 - Andrew Fletcher
Our built environment is currently the world's single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, consuming one third of our water and generating 40 per cent of our waste.
The ever-receding finish line
1 Jun 2016 - Ken Morrison
It’s been said that national competitiveness is like being in a race with an ever-receding finish line.
Low Carbon, High Performance
1 Jun 2016 - Andrew Fletlcher
Our built environment is currently the world's single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions
New property taxes put Victoria's standing in global economy at risk
1 Jun 2016 - Asher Judah
The state government’s decision last month to increase stamp duty and land tax surcharges on foreign investors has put Victoria on the global map for all the wrong reasons.
Renewal of gateway key regardless of light rail or bus overhaul plan
28 May 2016 - Merlin Kong
Now that the contract has been signed, whether you're for light rail or against it, an implicit link has been made between the government's tram project and their urban renewal agenda.
Fixing planning absurdities
25 May 2016 - Ken Morrison
Melbourne readers may be aware of a recent story about a small bookshop in St Kilda called the Bookhouse.
Putting people at the centre
18 May 2016 - Ken Morrison
There was a time when ‘the building’ was at the centre of the property industry.
Housing supply and housing affordability
16 May 2016 - Ken Morrison
Australia is having a false housing affordability debate. While the problem is very real, the solutions being bandied have nothing to do with the problems that has left us with entry level housing that is far more expensive than it needs to
Curate spaces that matter to Canberrans
14 May 2016 - Merlin Kong
It's not enough simply to invest in buildings in order to create an incredible place. The sign of a great city or precinct is also the strength of its cultural and artistic life.
Supporting growth in uncertain times
11 May 2016 - Ken Morrison
Last week’s decision by the Reserve Bank to cut official interest rates to the lowest levels in a generation was a reminder that we continue to live in uncertain economic times.
The Big Issue - housing affordability
5 May 2016 - Ken Morrison
There is no doubt that housing affordability is a massive issue for Australia.
ACT Property Council moves towards a more gender-diverse industry
30 Apr 2016 - Merlin Kong
This week the ACT Property Council affirmed its commitment to gender diversity in the industry with the launch of its 100 Women In Property leadership program.
New model would put projects above politics and promote private investment
29 Apr 2016 - Chris Mountford
The Queensland economy stands at a crossroads. We cannot go back to the resources boom, but we can steer it towards opportunities for growth and job creation.
It's time for the Greens to get on board with light rail
28 Apr 2016 - Andrew Fletcher
In 2010, the Australian Greens released a comprehensive public transport report which was led by research and world’s best practice.
City Deals the key to Queensland’s economic revival
28 Apr 2016 - Chris Mountford
THE Queensland economy stands at a crossroads. We cannot go back to the resources boom, but we can steer the economy towards opportunities for new growth and job creation.
Negative gearing isn't the bad guy in housing debate
27 Apr 2016 - Ken Morrison
Let's answer the myths about who uses negative gearing, what benefits they get and what would be the impact on the economy if the tax system was radically changed.
The facts on negative gearing
27 Apr 2016 - Ken Morrison
Yesterday, the ABS released new statistics on government taxation.
Calling it straight
20 Apr 2016 - Ken Morrison
This week, the Prime Minister was handed his election trigger. We can expect to go to the polls in 10 weeks time.
Changes to negative gearing "damaging"
17 Apr 2016 - Jane Fitzgerald
For generations, Australians from all walks of life have used property as a means of building wealth. Currently, over two million Australians own an investment property.
Let's be the coolest little capital
16 Apr 2016 - Merlin Kong
Meeting with members of the property sector in Canberra, their passion and commitment to creating spaces that contribute to our city is infectious.
On the shoulders of giants
13 Apr 2016 - Ken Morrison
Australia has a great story to tell when it comes to property. Our industry is one of the best performing and most competitive industries in Australia.
$90 million in dividends should be returned
12 Apr 2016 - Brian Wightman
The Property Council of Australia is clear - we must bring all levels of Government together to reach consensus and a commitment to improvement.
Tax reform and the politically possible
6 Apr 2016 - Ken Morrison
Last week the Prime Minister launched a proposal for the states to levy their own income tax.
Territory sees the light about LEDs, turning on to a more efficient future
2 Apr 2016 - Merlin Kong
City-making need not always involve grand visions but can also include discrete practical upgrades to make our city more liveable, sustainable and safer. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/territory-sees-the-light-about-leds-20160
Getting cities policy right
30 Mar 2016 - Ken Morrison
If Australia’s past is told by the stories of the bush and the outback, the stories of our future will be defined by our cities.
Putting the case for good policy
23 Mar 2016 - Property Council of Australia
It was over a century ago that the philosopher Max Weber said “Politics is a strong and slow boring of hard boards. It takes both passion and perspective.”
Cities take centre stage
16 Mar 2016 - Ken Morrison
We are living in the era of cities. It is in our cities that Australia’s economic wealth and 80 per cent of our GDP is generated.
Challenging the boys club
9 Mar 2016 - Ken Morrison
With the possible exception of mining, property is the ‘bloke-iest’ industry in Australia.
Keeping property dynamic
2 Mar 2016 - Ken Morrison
Competition has made our industry one of the most dynamic in Australia.
Negative gearing not the enemy
26 Feb 2016 - Glenn Byres
Do we have a housing affordability challenge in our capital cities? You bet. Is negative gearing to blame? No.
Don't play with negative gearing
24 Feb 2016 - Ken Morrison
Property is certainly no game. Our industry is vital to the economy. It employs 1.1 million Australians and generates one ninth of Australia’s GDP.
Negative gearing switches could hurt SA economy
23 Feb 2016 - Daniel Gannon
There's been much talk recently about the Federal Opposition’s proposal to change the tax rules on housing investment if Bill Shorten wins the next election.
Changes to negative gearing puts growth at risk
22 Feb 2016 - Mary Wood
Negative gearing has improbably become the tax measure most likely to be reformed in the upcoming federal budget.
It’s a risk to change negative gearing
22 Feb 2016 - Andrew Fletcher
Look down Hunter Street today and you’ll see cranes in the sky from Newcastle West to Newcastle Beach. Cranes in the sky means jobs on the ground.
Political property tax grab will hurt mum-and-dad investors
22 Feb 2016 - Chris Mountford
It started with a noble goal – modernising Australia’s tax system to create a stronger economy.
Risking the dream
17 Feb 2016 - Ken Morrison
The issue of negative gearing has roared to the centre of our national political debate.
Council elections: Need for honest growth debate in 2016
10 Feb 2016 - Chris Mountford
It has been clear for some months that development will be made a central theme of the Brisbane City Council election.
Alert and more than a little alarmed
10 Feb 2016 - Ken Morrison
With a GST-centred tax reform package now politically dead in the water, the storm clouds are gathering for the property industry.
Back to fundamentals
3 Feb 2016 - Ken Morrison
Have you ever been in a meeting where the discussion ends up widely off-topic and you wonder how it got here?
Cities front and centre
27 Jan 2016 - Ken Morrison
While some of us have been back at our desks for a week or two, the first working day after Australia Day has traditionally been seen as the day when summer holidays are over.
The political year ahead
20 Jan 2016 - Ken Morrison
Welcome to 2016, a federal election year, with polls also due in the ACT and NT.
Hop, skip and a shuffle
16 Dec 2015 - Ken Morrison
Climate change, tax reform, housing affordability and cities policy all took a step forward in the last week, although tax was really more of a shuffle sideways.
Maximum Opportunity brings Newcastle to life
15 Dec 2015 - Andrew Fletcher
Achieving Premier Baird’s vision of Newcastle as Asia-Pacific’s best regional city is what drove the strategic thinking behind Maximum Opportunity.
Leaders forum: Why stamp duty is stifling growth
11 Dec 2015 - Ken Morrison
By switching from old, in¬efficient taxes to better ones they can collect the same amount of revenue but get higher economic growth.
Stamp out stamp duty
9 Dec 2015 - Ken Morrison
As Australia’s political leaders and treasurers meet this week to debate national tax reform, compelling new research puts the abolition of stamp duty high on the agenda.
Let property grow the Townsville economy
3 Dec 2015 - Chris Mountford
Townsville is a city that understands economic growth is not going to happen by accident.
Property’s place in climate debate
2 Dec 2015 - Ken Morrison
The world's leaders are gathering in Paris to hash out a new international agreement on climate change.
A taxing time for property
1 Dec 2015 - Chris Mountford
Nothing is certain but death and taxes. Thankfully we no longer experience both at the same time thanks to the abolition of death duties in the 1970s. But government still maintains a preference for taxing things that don't move and the eas
Seeing the world in all its colours
1 Dec 2015 - Catherine Carter
“Why would you want to live a monochrome life?” This was the question posed by Catherine McGregor’s doctor, struggling to understand what she called her “deep gender dysphoria”.
It's time to turn on and transform Civic
30 Nov 2015 - Catherine Carter
After years of talk, we now have action. On Monday the Property Council of Australia, Canberra CBD Limited and the Canberra Business Chamber launch the "Canberra City Collective Agenda 2016".
Triple policy play
25 Nov 2015 - Ken Morrison
Here's three big Federal Government announcements you need to know about.
Keeping Canberra Liveable
24 Nov 2015 - Catherine Carter
With Australia’s population expected to grow to 30.5 million over the next 15 years, it’s perhaps no surprise that congestion could cost the economy $53 billion a year.
Where will our seniors live?
20 Nov 2015 - Mary Wood
Many Australian economists and politicians have spent a lot of time in 2015 talking about Australia’s ageing population – how it will change our economy, our workplaces, our communities and society.
Urban renewal game changer
18 Nov 2015 - Ken Morrison
Last week the Property Council hosted a roundtable for Federal Cities Minister Jamie Briggs on how innovative financing can kick-start urban renewal in our cities.
When the CBD heads for the sea
18 Nov 2015 - Catherine Carter
While it would be foolish to slavishly imitate ideas from other cities, we can certainly look elsewhere for inspiration.
Arm city planners with a pram and a toddler
16 Nov 2015 - Catherine Carter
"If a city is female-friendly, it is friendly for everybody." These are the words of Lucy Turnbull, chairwoman of the think tank Committee for Sydney.
Coming ready or not
11 Nov 2015 - Ken Morrison
Last night federal MPs were given a stark message from Infrastructure Australia boss Phil Davies: growth is coming whether we're ready or not.
Tax reform would help city grow
11 Nov 2015 - Chris Mountford
If the past few days are any indication, it looks like the Turnbull Government is ready to ramp up a discussion about tax reform.
Designing a better way to health
10 Nov 2015 - Catherine Carter
We Australians like to think of ourselves as active, outdoorsy types. But the data tells a different story.
6 Nov 2015 - Brian Wightman
The University of Tasmania wants to spend $220 million dollars to deliver a purpose built education facility in the heart of Launceston stimulating significant and ongoing economic activity.
Cities focus a local boost
4 Nov 2015 - Chris Mountford
During the past four years, the Property Council has worked closely with our members on strategies to revitalise Townsville’s CBD and reinvigorate the local economy.
Strata laws for modern Australia
4 Nov 2015 - Ken Morrison
It only took one person to hold out on a development proposal to prevent our strata-titled cities evolving. But not anymore.