2015 Economic and Social Outlook Conference

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

Program

For more details regarding the conference program and speakers, please contact Penny Hope at 03 8344 2151 or p.hope@unimelb.edu.au

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THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2015
8.45 - 9.15AM SESSION 1: OPENING
 

Mr Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian

Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Melbourne

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia

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9.15 - 10.40AM SESSION 2: MAKING A DIFFERENCE
 

Policy-makers aspire to change the world for the better, but the gaps between aspiration and implementation can be large. What do we know about successful policy implementation?

Chair Professor Paul Kofman, Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne
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Mr Glenn Stevens, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia

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Mr Peter Harris AO, Chairman, Productivity Commission

Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, Ronald Henderson Professor and Director, Melbourne Institute

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10.40 - 11.00AM MORNING TEA
11.00AM - 12.30PM SESSION 3: WHY BUDGET IS SO HARD TO FIX?
 

The government’s tax revenue has been failing to meet growth forecasts for five years, while spending consistently runs ahead. There is political acknowledgement of the problem but no agreement on the solution.

Chair Professor Helen Sullivan, Director, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne
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The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Treasurer

Mr Chris Richardson, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

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Professor John Wanna, Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administrations, The Australian National University

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12.30 - 2.00PM LUNCH
  Mr David Uren, Economics Editor, The Australian
 

The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Treasurer

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2.00 - 3.30PM SESSION 4: CONCURRENT
  SESSION 4A: DRIVING ECONOMIC GROWTH
 

There have been constant shifts in the sources of Australia’s growth since the last recession in the early 1990s. As the resource construction boom winds down, where does Australia turn for future prosperity?

Chair Professor Christine Wong, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, The University of Melbourne
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Professor Bob Gregory AO, Emeritus Professor, Research School of Economics, The Australian National University

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Professor Mark Wooden, Professorial Research Fellow and Director, HILDA Survey, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne

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Mr Phil Ruthven AM, Founder & Director, IBISWorld

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  SESSION 4B: COMPETITION POLICY
 

How are commonwealth and state governments progressing with the implementation of reforms urged by Ian Harper’s Competition Policy Review?

Chair Professor Judith Sloan, Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Institute and Contributing Editor, The Australian
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Professor Ian Harper, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Ms Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director, UnitingCare Australia

Professor Gary Sturgess AM, Premier's ANZSOG Chair in Public Service Delivery, The University of New South Wales

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  SESSION 4C: INEQUALITY
 

The rise in extreme wealth among the “1 per cent” has occurred at the same time as an unprecedented reduction in global poverty. 

Chair Professor Shelley Mallett, Professorial Fellow, Social Policy, The University of Melbourne and General Manager, Research and Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence
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The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Shadow Assistant Treasurer

Professor Ross Garnaut AO, Professorial Research Fellow, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne

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Dr Francisco Azpitarte Raposeiras, Ronald Henderson Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne and the Brotherhood of St Laurence

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3.30 - 4.00PM AFTERNOON TEA
4.00 - 5.20PM SESSION 5: IS THE WELFARE SYSTEM SUSTAINABLE?
 

The redistribution of tax payers’ funds through the welfare system is driven by notions of equity. How does this align with individual responsibility?

Chair Associate Professor Roger Wilkins, Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Director (Research), HILDA Survey, Melbourne Institute
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Mr Sean Innis, Group Manager, Social Policy, Department of Social Services

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Mr Simon Cowan, Research Fellow, The Centre for Independent Studies

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Professor Peter Whiteford, Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

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7.00 for 7.30pm Conference Dinner, Myer Mural Hall
 

Chair: Mr Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian

Keynote speaker: Mr John Fraser, Secretary, Department of the Treasury

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FRIDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2015
8.30 - 10.00AM SESSION 6: THE FEDERATION
 

The commonwealth has steadily increased its power and revenue base at the expense of the states. There is agreement on the need for rebalancing but not the means.

Chair Laureate Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders AO, Director of Studies, Government Law, Melbourne Law School
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The Hon Peter Gutwein MP, Treasurer for Tasmania and Minister for Planning and Local Government

The Hon John Brumby, Former Premier for Victoria and Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne and Monash University

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Professor John Daley, Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute

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10.00 - 10.20AM MORNING TEA
10.20AM - 12.00PM SESSION 7: CONCURRENT
  SESSION 7A: POLITICAL ECONOMY OF TAX REFORM
 

The Henry Tax Review was widely acclaimed but most of its recommendations ignored.   What are the ingredients of successful tax reform?

Chair Professor Janine O'Flynn, Professor of Public Management, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne
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Dr David Gillespie MP, Federal Member for Lyne

Mr Greg Smith, Chairperson, Commonwealth Grants Commission

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Professor John Freebairn, Ritchie Chair in Economics, Department of Economics, The University of Melbourne

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  SESSION 7B: RETIREMENT POLICY
 

Covering the cost of a rapidly growing aged population will challenge both retirement and pension systems. What can be done to ease the burden?

Chair Ms Patricia Karvelas, Presenter, Radio National Drive, ABC Radio National
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Ms Karen Chester, Commissioner, Productivity Commission

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Mr Peter Davidson, Senior Adviser, Australian Council of Social Service

Professor Susan Thorp, Professor of Finance, The University of Sydney Business School Presentation pdf

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  SESSION 7C: INNOVATION
 

Does government have a role in supporting business innovation beyond fostering competition and securing intellectual property?

Chair Professor Paul Jensen, Acting Director and Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute
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Dr Matthew Butlin, Red Tape Commissioner, Department of Treasury and Finance

Mr David Dyer, Principal, McKinsey & Company On-line Report based on presentation

 

 

Ms Deena Shiff, Non-Executive Director, The Citadel Group

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12.00 - 1.30PM LUNCH
Chair Mr Jim Middleton, Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, The University of Melbourne
 

The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition

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1.30 - 3.00PM SESSION 8: CONCURRENT
  SESSION 8A: HIGHER EDUCATION
 

Tertiary institutions have become one of the nation’s largest export earners but still have trouble getting their financing onto a sound footing.

Chair Professor Beth Webster, Director, Centre for Transformative Innovation
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Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training

Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Melbourne

Professor Bruce Chapman AM, Director, Policy Impact, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

Mr Andrew Norton, Program Director, Higher Education, Grattan Institute

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  SESSION 8B: TRADE AND INVESTMENT
 

Bilateral trade agreements have flourished as multilateral trade agreements have become too hard. Do they deliver their promise?

Chair Mr Rowan Callick, Asia Pacific Editor, The Australian
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Senator Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Mr Alan Oxley, Managing Director, ITS Global

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Professor On Kit Tam, Professor of Finance, College of Business, RMIT University

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  SESSION 8C: INDUSTRY/POLITICAL ADVICE
 

Government faces a vast array of pressures from lobby groups and interested parties as it develops policy positions. Who succeeds and why?

Chair Mr Nicholas Reece, Director Strategy, Chancellery and Principal Fellow, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne
 

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Assistant Cabinet Secretary

Dr Andrew Charlton, Director, Sydney, AlphaBeta

Mr Geoff Allen AM, Founder Allen Consulting and Chair, The Centre for Corporate Public Affairs

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3.00 - 3.10PM SHORT BREAK
3.10 - 4.00PM SESSION 9: POLICY AND PRACTICE
 

The challenge of implementing a new policy agenda

Chair Mr David Uren, Economics Editor, The Australian
 

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia

Mr Michael Thawley AO, Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Mr Paul Kelly, Editor at Large, The Australian

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4.00PM CLOSE