Post-Budget Forum: A Return to Full Employment – the why and how

Australia is in its 26th year of uninterrupted economic growth, but too many Australians aren’t sharing in our nation’s prosperity.

Unemployment is at 5.9%, and underemployment at a record high of 8.6% nationwide – that’s nearly two million people who don’t have enough work to live a good life in one of the wealthiest nations on earth.

Please join former federal treasurer Wayne Swan MP, in conversation with Per Capita’s Stephen Koukoulas, Emma Dawson and Warwick Smith at our next Reform Agenda Series public forum as we discuss how we can support a return to full employment and build a more inclusive society in Australia.

Old excuses for not tackling unemployment don’t hold up in the current economic circumstances, and it’s not enough to spout platitudes about technological disruption and innovation.

If we care about more than the national balance sheet, we must find ways to drive structural change and ensure that the Australian workforce has the skills necessary to work in a globalised, and increasingly casualised and automated, economy.

Post Budget Forum: A Return to Full Employment – the why and how
Date: Friday 12 May 2017
Time: Light lunch served from 12noon; Forum 12.30 to 1.30pm
Venue: Corrs Chambers Westgarth, L25 567 Collins St, Melbourne
Cost: $25 waged; $15 unwaged

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Wayne Swan MP is the Member for Lilley, and was the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Treasurer of Australian from 2007 to 2013.  He is the author of Postcode: The Splintering of a Nation (2005), and The Good Fight (2014).

Stephen Koukoulas has more than 25 years as an economist in government, as Global Head of economic and market research, a Chief Economist for two major banks and as economic advisor to the Prime Minister.  He is Managing Director of Market Economics, and a Research Fellow at Per Capita.

Emma Dawson is the Executive Director of Per Capita. She was a senior policy advisor in the Rudd and Gillard governments, and has been an advisor on Digital Inclusion at Telstra, and Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne.

Warwick Smith is Research Economist at Per Capita. Warwick has previously worked as a research fellow, consultant and freelance writer. His particular areas of expertise and interest include the economics of ageing populations, environmental economics, taxation economics and the history and philosophy of economics.

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