Melbourne Economic Forum
The Melbourne Economic Forum brings together economic policy thinkers from the University of Melbourne and Victoria University, public and private institutions including the Productivity Commission, the BCA, the ACTU, the Grattan Institute and the Mitchell Institute in discussion and debate to encourage sound government policy making
Australia has a strong tradition of public discussion of economic policy based on rigorous economic analysis. Dedication to rigour has been important in informing policy making for reforms to improve national economic performance. But that tradition has been broken. Economic debate in the national interest has been supplanted by special pleading on behalf of private interests.
Australia now faces big challenges from declining mineral prices and resources investment, a difficult global economic environment and an ageing population. Yet after almost a quarter century of recession-free economic growth, we have come to believe that rising prosperity comes easily, even automatically.
The high standards of living to which we have grown accustomed can only be sustained and improved by finding more productive ways of running the economy, securing incomes for working people and providing basic services to the Australian people.
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The Melbourne Economic Forum is co-convened by Professor Peter Dawkins (Vice-Chancellor and President, Victoria University) and Professor Ross Garnaut (Professorial Research Fellow in Economics, University of Melbourne)