Beyond the Picket Fence

Beyond the Picket Fence
Smashed Avocado and the Great Australian Dream Special event

21 March 2020, 10am-12pm
Theatre, Lower Ground 1

Many Australians dream about owning their own slice of paradise - a home on a block large enough for a game of backyard cricket and a BBQ. We all want the security of our own home. However, for those who have not realised this dream yet, it’s looking more and more just like that. A dream.  

Join author Nicole Haddow, Chief Economist for the Australia Institute, author Richard Denniss, and journalist and author Richard Glover, as they discuss what owning a home represents for Australians of all ages and whether it is still a feasible dream in this panel discussion. 

Because of the current economic environment, home ownership rates are rapidly falling for all Australians under the age of 65. Should we ditch the Australian dream and eat all the smashed avocado we want? Or is home ownership still worth striving for?  


About the speakers: 

Nicole Haddow 
Nicole Haddow is a Melbourne-based journalist, who was the executive property writer for the Australian Financial Review. She now documents alternative methods of purchasing your first home at Smashed Avocado: The Millennial Property Guide and is the author of Smashed Avocado.  

‘Buying a property isn’t easy. It’s not meant to be. It’s one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll make in your life. But it is worth it.’  

At thirty, journalist Nicole  had an unstable income, no financial plan and only credit-card debt to her name. But less than two years later she was a homeowner. The home ownership dream might look different today, but it’s still possible to make it a reality. 

Richard Glover
Richard Glover’s most recent book, The Land Before Avocado is a journey into a lost Australia of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. It will leave you wondering how bizarre things were not so long ago, and most of all, it will make you realise how far we've come - and how much further we can go. 

Richard regularly writes for The Washington Post and his weekly humour column has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald for over twenty years. He also presents the Drive show on ABC radio in Sydney.  

Richard Denniss
Richard Denniss’ book, Econobabble and Curing Affluenza, describes Affluenza as the ‘strange desire we feel to spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t know...’.  

We must distinguish between consumerism as the love of buying things to materialism as the love of things.  

Richard is also co-author of Affluenza and chief economist at the Australia Institute. He writes for the Monthly, the Canberra Times and the Australian Financial Review. 

*Refreshments will follow the panel discussion.