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A debate with three of Australia’s leading policy thinkers.
Professor Judith Sloan is one of Australia’s best-known economists, a leading figure in academic and business circles and has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.
She is the Contributing Economics Editor of The Australian newspaper. Currently Judith is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. She is also a member of the Westfield board, a director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and a regular contributor to The Australian newspaper.
She has also been a university professor, a commissioner on the Productivity Commission, deputy chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Commissioner of the Australian Fair Pay Commission.
Judith has sat on several boards, including Santos, Mayne Group, SGIO Insurance and Primelife.
John Daley is the inaugural Chief Executive of Grattan Institute, which provides independent, rigorous and practical solutions to Australia’s most pressing public policy issues. The current programs of Grattan Institute focus on productivity growth, cities, school education, tertiary education, energy and health.
John’s work at Grattan Institute has focused on economic and budgetary reform. He is particularly interested in government prioritisation. His other interests include analysing the situations in which government intervention is justified, and the limits to government.
He has 25 years’ experience spanning policy, academic, government and corporate roles. He has worked for the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, McKinsey and Co, and ANZ where he was Managing Director of the online stockbroker, E*TRADE Australia.
John completed an LLB (Hons) and a BSc at the University of Melbourne in 1989, and a doctorate in public law at the University of Oxford in 1999.
Peter Whish-Wilson is an economist, the owner and manager of a successful vineyard business in northern Tasmania, and a tireless advocate for Tasmania’s stunning natural environment.
He was a lecturer and researcher in economics and finance at the University of Tasmania, and a former Senior Vice President at Deutsche Bank.
A graduate of the Officer Training School of the Australian Defence Force Academy, he’s also a national board member of the Surfrider Foundation and well known as a campaigner for Tasmania’s North against Gunns proposed pulp mill.
Peter was sworn in to the Australian Senate on June 21, 2012, filling the vacancy left by the retiring Bob Brown.