On Wednesday 13 May 2009, Fiona Allon spoke to The Sydney Institute. Dr Fiona Allon is a lecturer at the University of Sydney and a recipient of an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship for the ARC Linkage grant. Her latest book Renovation Nation: Our Obsession with Home (UNSW Press) asks why it is that Australians have become so wrapped up in their homes and explores the ways people distort their lives in the pursuit of prestige and tax-free capital gains.

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