Parliamentary Triangle Seminar Series


Thu 5 May 2016NATSEM-IGPAParliament House, The Theatre
$30.00 (GST Inclusive)

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Date: Thursday 5 May 2016
Venue: The Parliament House, The Theatre
Time: 11.45am for 12.15pm to 1.30pm

Budget 2016 - Welcome to the Ideas Boom

The 2016 Federal Budget is shaping up to be the most anticipated budget in decades. As a precursor to the Federal Election it provides government and opposition with an opportunity to pilot their key campaign messages and prove their credentials as the best managers of the Australian economy. The Coalition Government came to power under Tony Abbott late in 2013 promising to ‘get the budget back under control’ and to ‘start reducing debt’. The Coalition promised to achieve these outcomes with a low taxation agenda coupled with a desire to stop ‘wasteful spending’. Subsequently, the Turnbull government has focused greater attention on the productivity agenda with the launch of the National Innovation and Science Agenda and its 24 measures to drive “change to the culture of our economy” and its intention to follow the UK City Deals model Agenda as a “new vehicle” for creating partnerships between all three levels of government to drive the sustainable growth of Australian cities.

The NATSEM budget luncheon will reflect on whether the nature of the budget signals a period of continuity or change in the trajectory of the Australian economy. It will be organised around a series of budget briefs on different aspects of the Federal Budget delivered by distinguished experts and politicians followed by a facilitated discussion with an invited audience. The budget briefs will focus principally on:

  1. assessing the impact of key budget measures on the economy and Australian families;
  2. evaluating the success or otherwise of the government in achieving the Coalition’s election pledge to ‘get the budget under control’; and
  3. debating how the government will facilitate an "ideas boom" as the new source for Australia’s growth, prosperity and jobs.

The luncheon will be attended by members of the business community, government, industry, media and academics. After the formal presentations a question time will be opened up to the audience. 

Our Panel 

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

Josh Frydenberg is the Federal Member for Kooyong and the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia. He was elected to the Australian House of Representatives at the 2010 federal election and re-elected in 2013. During his first term in parliament, Josh was appointed a member of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit and the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform. He was a co-deputy chair of the Coalition’s Productivity Priorities Working Group, and a member of a committee established by Tony Abbott to advise him on the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). In September 2013, Prime Minister Tony Abbott appointed Josh to the government’s front bench as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, with specific responsibility for implementing the Coalition’s deregulation agenda. In December 2014, Josh was appointed to the ministry as Assistant Treasurer. In September 2015, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appointed Josh Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia.

Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP
Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Federal member for Fraser and a former Professor of Economics at the ANU. Andrew is the author of Battlers and Billionaires and is a regular commentator on all matters economic, social and political in Australia. Andrew will discuss the opposition’s response to the budget and provide insights into the implications of the latest budget for the economy and the broader societal impacts.
Saul Eslake
Saul Eslake is one of Australia's most respected and renowned economic commentators. Having worked as an economist in the Australian financial markets for over 25 years his comments and economic findings have been known to cause a stir in the media. Recently completing a successful appointment as Chief Economist for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia, Saul significantly raised the profile of the bank since joining in 2011. His previous roles include; Chief Economist at McIntosh Securities, Chief Economist (International) at National Mutual Funds Management, and as Chief Economist at the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ). Saul is a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Tasmania.
Michelle Grattan AO
Michelle Grattan is recognised as one of Australia’s most influential political journalists. Michelle was the first woman to become editor of an Australian metropolitan daily newspaper and has subsequently amassed over 40 years of experience in journalism. Michelle is currently Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation and a Professorial Fellow in IGPA at the University of Canberra.

Professor Mark Evans
Mark Evans is Director and Professor of Governance at IGPA. Before taking up this role he was Head of the Department of Politics at the University of York in the United Kingdom and Provost of Halifax College (1999-2009) and Director of the World-wide Universities Public Policy Network. Mark has published 25 books in his field and has been editor of the international journal Policy Studies since 2005. Mark has acted as a senior policy advisor, delivered leadership training and managed evaluation projects in 26 countries including Australia, Brazil, China and the United Kingdom and for international organisations including the European Union, the UN and the World Bank.

Virginia Haussegger AM
Virginia Haussegger is an Adjunct Professor at IGPA and a communication specialist. She is an award-winning journalist, author and commentator whose extensive media career spans more than 20 years. Her work has taken her around the world, reporting for Australia’s leading current affairs programs; Channel 9 (A Current Affair), the 7 Network (Witness) and ABC TV (7.30 Report). Virginia currently presents ABC TV news in Canberra. As a columnist and feature writer she is widely published across Australian media. Her book Wonder Women: the myth of ‘having it all’ was launched by Julia Gillard in a live broadcast at the National Press Club. Virginia’s outspoken views on women, and their place in contemporary society, have been widely debated in the Australian media. Her seminal article on feminism and childlessness was ranked by The Age newspaper as among the most significant opinion pieces published in its 150 year history. 




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