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Guest Expert

Apart from our regular team of experts, we frequently publish commentary from guest contributors who are authorities in their field.


What’s the real value of your smashed avocado?

How many hipster breakfasts could your property buy you? Asks…  Graham Cookes, – Insights Blog There has been a lot of discussion across the media recently following Bernard Salt bemoaning the gall of millennials spending $22 a pop on “smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread” rather than saving for a home…

Sydney property market

If you’re serious about affordable Sydney housing, Premier, here’s a must-do list

The new NSW premier is right to identify housing affordability as a priority for the people and economy of Sydney – It’s not just housing supply that’s the problem – action is needed on many fronts, writes… Hal Pawson, UNSW Australia So “fixing housing affordability” in Sydney is one of three top priorities for the…


When gentrification lacks empathy: a case study

The Melbourne suburb of Richmond is prime inner-city real estate, but the community is paying a price for redevelopment that jars with the existing neighbourhood, writes… Tod Jones, Curtin University  When we parachute into a city, whether for work or leisure, we are more sensitive to contrasts between the familiar places we leave behind and…


These are the characteristics of people most likely to cut corners at work

Employees who ‘cut corners’ at tend to be morally compromised, low in conscientiousness, self-focused and impulsive, writes… Peter O’Connor, Queensland University of Technology and Peter Karl Jonason, Western Sydney University In a newly published study, we found that employees who “cut corners” tend to be morally compromised, low in conscientiousness, self-focused and impulsive. This in…

The World Map of Billionaires

Do 8 men really control the same wealth as the poorest half of the global population?

According to the latest Oxfam report, the richest eight people in the world are as wealthy as the bottom 50% of the world’s population – But let’s scrutinise these numbers a bit more, writes… Peter Whiteford, Australian National University A new Oxfam Report has a number of startling claims about wealth inequality around the world…