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Myth: Political donations buy dodgy rezoning decisions (4-5pm)

  • Maze Cres Darlington NSW 2008 (map)

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Cameron Murray, The University of Queensland

When who you know speaks louder than money talks.

While public debate centres on the role of political donations as a way to buy favours from politicians, relationship networks tell a far more interesting story.

The session will be chaired by Professor Nicole Gurran, who convenes the Urban Housing Lab a research incubator at The University of Sydney, funded by the Henry Halloran Trust.

Cameron Murray is an economist, he cuts through the noise to find the real signals in public policy. Currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Queensland on economics and corruption, his specialist areas include environmental economics, rent-seeking and corruption, and property markets. His talk is based on research findings presented in discussion paper prepared with University of Queensland Professor Paul Frijters 'Clean Money in a Dirty System: Relationship Networks and Land Rezoning in Queensland' for The Institute for the Study of Labor. Cameron writes for MacroBusiness and, his personal blog 'Fresh Economic Thinking' is internationally renowned.

Professor Nicole Gurran is an urban planner and policy analyst. Her research focuses on comparative land use planning systems and approaches to housing and ecological sustainability. Nicole currently convenes the Urban Housing Lab at The University of Sydney. She has led or collaborated on many studies relating to planning and the housing system for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).

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Time: 4.00 - 5.00pm

Location: Lecture Theatre 01 Peter Nicol Russell building (J02) University of Sydney, Darlington.

Cost: Free

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