Economic and Social Outlook Conference 2011

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Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July 2011 at the University of Melbourne

The Melbourne Institute and The Australian were pleased to host their seventh joint Economic and Social Outlook Conference.

Growth Challenge: 2011 Economic and Social Outlook Conference Program

About the Conference:

After weathering the global financial crisis as well as any other developed economy, Australia confronts a once-in-a-century mining development boom. How can we best ensure that this post-crisis boom delivers widespread opportunity and prosperity while minimising its risks?

The consistent thread running through all our previous conferences has been that continued policy reform can enrich Australias overall well-being while providing opportunities for all. The format has established itself as the nations premiere economic and social public policy conference, providing a unique forum bringing together leading politicians, bureaucrats, academics and non-government organisation representatives.


Issues explored by the two-day conference included managing the economy's growth shock, financing the education revolution, tackling social disadvantage amid the boom, climate change and energy security, skills shortages, population and immigration growth, tax reform, funding an older Australia, water policy, women in the workforce, broadband, health reform, the financial system after the crisis and political options for a boom economy. See the Conference Program for more details.


A panel of quality speakers was being assembled to ensure that this was the premiere such event in 2011.
Some of the confirmed speakers included:

Dinner Speaker

Dr Martin Parkinson PSM, Secretary, Commonwealth Department of the Treasury

Conference Speakers

The Hon Wayne Swan MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer

The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Leader of the Opposition

The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, Minister for Resources and Energy

Mr Scott Morrison MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband

The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Shadow Minister for Finance and Debt Reduction

Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Minister for Finance Deregulation

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

Professor Ross Garnaut AO, Vice-Chancellor's Fellow and Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Mr Gary Banks AO, Chairman, Productivity Commission


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