Former Prime Minister Paul Keating recently declared that liberal economics no longer holds the answers to our problems. Is this the case? If so, what new paradigm is needed to lift the world economy out of its current malaise? If not, what needs to be done to revitalise economies and societies? And what does all this mean for Australia and the Australian Public Service?
Hosted by Professor Bruce Chapman AM, inaugural SRW Chair of Economics, our expert panel addressed these questions and provided their views on one of the most controversial debates of our time.
Professor Bruce Chapman AM is the inaugural Sir Roland Wilson Chair of Economics. He has extensive experience in public policy having helped design the HECS policy, as a senior economic adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating, and as an adviser to the World Bank, the OECD and the governments of a large number of countries.
Dr Ken Henry AC is the Chair of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation. He served as the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury from 2001 to 2011 and was Chair of both the Howard Government’s Taxation Taskforce (1997-1998) and the Review into Australia’s Future Tax System commissioned by the Rudd Government (2008-09). He is currently the Chair of the National Australia Bank.
Ms Laura Tingle is political editor of the Australian Financial Review. She won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2004, and Walkley awards in 2005 and 2011. In 2010 she was shortlisted for the John Button Prize for political writing. She appears regularly on Radio National’s Late Night Live and ABC-TV’s Insiders.
Professor Helen Sullivan is the Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Prior to this position, she was Professor and Director of the Melbourne School of Government. Professor Sullivan has also held leadership roles in the United Kingdom, and is an internationally-recognised expert in democratic accountability and the evaluation of government policy.