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The Financial Review’s reputation for news-breaking, agenda-setting and authoritative analysis finds new expression in AFR Live, a series of premium, independent and hard-hitting business events.

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Affordable housing returns don’t stack up yet: AustralianSuper

Super funds are pushing for greater tax concessions that will allow them to expand commercial build-to-rent housing, while the federal government wants them to put their funds into social and affordable housing.

  • Larry Schlesinger and Michael Bleby

Farmland should be ‘exciting’, but investors slow on the uptake

Incremental productivity improvements in agricultural land can reap major yields, investors have said.

  • Lucy Dean

Housing market will return to balance in 2024: Stockland CEO

Rising wages and falling prices will reduce affordability problems that are keeping buyers out of the new home market, Stockland’s Tarun Gupta says.

  • Nila Sweeney and Michael Bleby

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September

Closed on Mondays: Facing talent jam, Crown shuts Sydney restaurants

The casino operator has close to 2000 job vacancies and is unable to operate some of its facilities seven days a week.

  • Michael Read

REIT share falls suggest $20b wiped off property values

A valuation gap between equity investors and landlords is stifling deal making, says real estate banker Angelo Scasserra.

  • Kanika Sood

Luxury retailers drive mall recovery: Vicinity

A boom in luxury retail sales and the growing number of tenants requiring more space for click-and-collect is improving the performance of malls.

  • Larry Schlesinger

Why property investors need to be stock pickers

Charter Hall CEO David Harrison says a ‘bifurcation’ in property markets – from retail, industrial and beyond – means investors need to be very discerning.

CEOs reveal Australia’s worst property market

The CEOs of Australia’s largest commercial property companies can’t agree on how bad things are, but they agree the North Sydney office market is in deep trouble.

  • Tony Boyd
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Workers at home will be replaced by robots: Charter Hall CEO

The head of the country’s largest office landlord warns workers to get back to the office, but says automation will also cut leasing needs for some companies.

  • Michael Bleby

Barrenjoey tips Sydney house price falls of 25pc, warns on recession

The RBA will tip Australia into recession and cause a ‘material’ property downturn if it lifts rates as aggressively as expected, Barrenjoey’s Jo Masters says.

  • Michael Read

Luxury homes hardest hit by property slump

Homeowners in Australia’s most expensive suburbs are bearing the brunt of the national property price downturn with prices falling 10 per cent on an annualised basis, the RBA’s Jonathan Kearns told the Financial Review property summit today.

  • Michael Read

Navigating complex business conditions

CFOs take centre stage as they chart their companies’ future in complex times.

How infrastructure is powering Australia’s economic growth

Join Australia’s premier forum to discuss the role of infrastructure in powering our economic growth and sustainable future.

August

Antiquated system leaves international students in ‘visa limboland’

Experts say there are some simple steps that could be made almost immediately to encourage overseas students to stay on to work.

  • Julie Hare

Top university boss’s warning over board member fees

Universities that do not pay fees to board members risk being unable to attract a wide range of experienced individuals, says University of Adelaide’s Catherine Branson.

  • Sally Patten

National nurse shortfall to hit 85,000 by 2025: Universities Australia

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has batted away criticism that his plan to offer 10,000 nurses and midwives free courses won’t resolve underlying issues.

  • Gus McCubbing

Call for HECS-style loans to be extended to short courses

The extension of HECS-style low-interest loans to support students enrolling in micro-credential courses would help fill skills gaps, say university leaders.

  • Tom Burton

Ditch R&D tax concessions for direct funding, say academics

The government should fund more research directly rather than indirectly through research and development tax concessions, academics say.

  • Sally Patten
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Foreign student work visa extension proposed

Education Minister Jason Clare is considering extending the two-year work visa for completing international students to three or four years, rather than creating a separate pathway to permanent residency.

  • Tom Burton and Tess Bennett

CPA calls for subsidised skills training, more migrants

The Australian public will need to subsidise education and training courses and encourage older workers to rejoin the workforce to fill “critical” skills shortages across the economy.

  • Hannah Wootton and Edmund Tadros

Research council overdue for overhaul, says Clare

The Australian Research Council has come in for its fair share of criticism and education minister Jason Clare wants the issues resolved.

  • Julie Hare

Australia’s universities need to rethink who, what, where and when

Universities have not fully evolved to meet the needs of modern-day students, says the head of the OECD’s education and skills directorate.

  • Julie Hare

Closer industry, university ties will connect workers to skill gaps

The higher education sector and the broader economy will benefit if education can capitalise on the demand for deeper partnerships with industry.

  • Amanda Flouch and Belinda Tynan