2015 Economic and Social Outlook Conference

Thursday 5 and Friday 6 November 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne


The 2015 Economic and Social Outlook Conference, hosted by the Melbourne Institute and The Australian newspaper was held on 5 and 6 November 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.

Thank you to our sponsors: The University of Melbourne, the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Productivity Commission.

Thank you to all the presenters for the time they took to prepare and present at the conference and to all the delegates who took part in the discussion and made the event a success.

See the presentations and listen to the audio here


More information

The conference dinner was held at Mural Hall, Myer on 5 November 2015.

The Melbourne Institute/The Australian Social and Economic Outlook Conference is Australia’s premier public policy event. This year’s conference, Rebuilding Foundations for Reform, investigated the challenge in developing a constituency for reform, with contributions from political leaders of the major parties and leading policy thinkers and practitioners from both private and public sectors. 

With an election due next year, the conference provided unrivalled access to the policy evolution inside the major parties. It identified the essential ingredients of successful policy implementation in the most pressing national priorities, ranging from tax reform and the budget to retirement policy and reducing inequality.

Some of the speakers included:

  • The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia
  • The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Treasurer
  • The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia
  • Mr Glenn Stevens, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Mr John Fraser, Secretary, Department of the Treasury
  • The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Shadow Assistant Treasurer
  • The Hon John Brumby
  • Mr Peter Harris AO, Chairman, Productivity Commission
  • Professor Ross Garnaut AO, Professorial Research Fellow, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne

Please see the program for more details. Please contact us for details or enquiries.


This was the tenth such Outlook Conference held jointly by the Melbourne Institute and The Australian at 18-month intervals since the inaugural Towards Opportunity and Prosperity conference in April 2002. This was followed by Pursuing Opportunity and Prosperity in 2003, Sustaining Prosperity in 2005, Making the Boom Pay in 2006, New Agenda for Prosperity in 2008, Road to Recovery in 2009, Growth Challenge in 2011, Securing the Future in 2012 and Pathways to Growth in 2014.


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