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Events

Dr Martin Parkinson & Gladys Berejiklian. Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary & NSW Treasurer.

Generously hosted by PwC

In December 2015, the Institute hosted two of Australia’s economic policymakers to discuss reform of the tax system and the future of Commonwealth-State relations.

It was attended by 150 of Australia’s senior business, academic, union and civil society leaders.

Jason Clare and Roy Green. Shadow Communications Minister & UTS Business School Dean.

Generously hosted by UTS

In October 2015, we hosted a major event to discuss digital innovation and its importance to future Australian prosperity.

Chris Bowen. Shadow Treasurer of Australia.

Generously hosted by NAB

In September 2015, the Institute hosted the federal opposition’s chief economic spokesperson for an address on his plans to achieve a fair and balanced budget.

Tim Watts and Clare O’Neil. Federal Members of Parliament.

Generously hosted by the University of Sydney

In September 2015, the Institute hosted the Sydney launch of Two Futures, which was written by Federal MPs Clare O’Neil and Tim Watts.

The special guest and moderator of the event was Gold Walkley Award-winning journalist Peter Hartcher.

Tim Pallas. Treasurer of Victoria.

Generously hosted by Allens

In August 2015, the Institute welcomed the Treasurer of Australia’s second largest State economy to Sydney. He discussed the Victorian Government’s plans to drive growth and jobs.

McKell Institute Policy Luncheon with Dr Enrico Letta, 55th Prime Minister of Italy

Generously hosted at PwC’s office in the Sydney CBD

In July 2015, we hosted the 55th Prime Minister of Italy, Dr Enrico Letta, who was in Australia as a UTS Visiting Professorial Fellow.

Dr Letta spoke in great detail about the European economic crisis, and how it may impact on the Asian region.

Inclusive Growth Agenda event with the Hon Bill Shorten, Leader of the Federal Opposition

Kindly hosted by the University of Sydney

In May 2015, we hosted the Leader of the Australian Labor Party, the Hon Bill Shorten.

Mr Shorten spoke on the topic: ‘Building the Future: a smart, modern and fair Australia’.

Hosted in the University of Sydney’s Great Hall, over 650 people attended the event and guests were officially welcomed by Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Spence.

McKell Institute Policy Luncheon with the Hon. Dominic Perrottet, NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property

Kindly hosted by NAB

The Institute hosted Minister Perrottet, one of the rising stars of the Baird Government.

The Minister addressed the topic: ‘Why customer service in government is broken and how we need to fix it’. He also shared his personal experiences about dealing with government services and described how the NSW Government’s reforms in this area are benefiting citizens across the State.

Around 50 leaders from business, civil society and the Trade Union movement were in attendance.

Exclusive event with 2008 Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe

Kindly hosted by the University of Sydney

In February 2015, the McKell Institute hosted the man who successfully steered Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign in 2008 at the University of Sydney’s magnificent Great Hall.

Mr Plouffe provided an intriguing insight into the campaign and drew parallels between political campaigning and modern business engagement strategy, particularly for start-ups and companies focused on innovation.

The event was attended by over 600 people and guests were welcomed to the University by Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Arts and Social Sciences faculty.

Foreign Policy Forum with Gareth Evans, Bob Carr and Talal Yassine

Kindly hosted by K&L Gates

In February 2015, the McKell Institute hosted three eminent Australians for a discussion about Australia’s role in the world. These include former Australian Foreign Affairs Minister and current Australian National University Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, former Australian Foreign Affairs Minister and NSW Premier Professor the Hon Bob Carr and Crescent Wealth Managing Director and Chair of the Council for Australia-Arab Relations Professor Talal Yassine OAM.

The three speakers discussed Australia’s engagement with multilateral institutions, our business relationships with key Asian partners, the future direction of our soft diplomacy and their personal experiences as Australian political and business representatives.

There were 100 guests present at K&L Gates’ Sydney head office, with diplomatic dignitaries as well as other senior business, government and academic leaders in attendance.

Inclusive Growth Agenda event with Shadow Assistant Treasurer the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP

Kindly hosted by Deloitte

In January 2015, the Institute hosted internationally-renowned economist Andrew Leigh for a discussion about international tax.

Dr Leigh serves on the frontbench of the Federal Opposition and before entering Parliament was a Professor of Economics at the Australian National University.

With 200 people in attendance as well as various media, Dr Leigh engaged in a discussion with guests about the need to tighten loopholes in the corporate tax system as well as reflecting on the role the Australian Government can play in building a fairer international tax system

MCKELL INSTITUTE PRE G20 PUBLIC LECTURE WITH SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS THE HON. TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

Kindly hosted by University of Technology Sydney

In November 2014, The McKell Institute held a public lecture with the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP.

Shadow Minister Plibersek presented her argument as to why economic growth needs to be inclusive. She spoke at length about the growing body of evidence which suggests that too much inequality can in fact damage economic growth, highlighting similar statements by economic bodies including the IMF and World Bank. Shadow Minister Plibersek discussed why it was important that the upcoming G20 meeting include a strong focus on inclusive growth as a means to growing the economy and tackling inequality.

The event was hosted by the University of Technology Sydney in their Great Hall and was attended by over 500 individuals. The Vice-Chancellor also spoke at some length about the importance of inclusive growth and why tertiary education is so important to tackling inequality. Executive Director Sam Crosby also spoke about the McKell Institute’s involvement in the promotion of inclusive growth.

MCKELL INSTITUTE REPORT LAUNCH WITH NSW TREASURER, THE HON. ANDREW CONSTANCE MP

Kindly hosted by Allens

In October 2014, The McKell Institute launched a major report undertaken in association with ClubsNSW – Meeting the Shortfall: How Clubs can provide affordable social services in our communities.

The report was launched by NSW Treasurer, The Hon. Andrew Constance MP, who spoke at length about what the government can do to partner with not-for-profits looking to engage in affordable social service delivery. ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball also talked about clubs that were already engaging with child care and aged care delivery, and McKell Institute Executive Director Sam Crosby, who talked about the importance of affordability in boosting the participation rate of women.

The event was hosted by Allens and was attended by over 80 individuals from government, academia, the business sector, not-for-profits, the clubs sector and the general public. The Treasurer also answered a number of questions from the audience about his party’s policy plans for child care and aged care going forward.

MCKELL INSTITUTE PUBLIC LECTURE AND BOOK LAUNCH WITH FORMER TREASURER THE HON. WAYNE SWAN MP, RESERVE BANK BOARD MEMBER DR. JOHN EDWARDS

Kindly hosted by the University of Technology Sydney

In August 2014, The McKell Institute joined with the Chifley Research Institute in launching the former Treasurer Wayne Swan’s book: The Good Fight. The event, MC’d by Australian Financial Review political editor Laura Tingle, also featured guest lectures from both Wayne Swan and Reserve Bank Board Member Dr. John Edwards.

Former Treasurer Wayne Swan’s speech largely focussed on the dire economic challenges faced by the Rudd-Gillard Governments during the Global Financial Crisis and the period of economic malaise that followed. Mr Swan discussed the importance of Keynesian policy as an appropriate fiscal strategy to securing jobs and growth during a period of significant economic turmoil.

Dr Edwards discussed how the Reserve Bank was able to respond to the crisis through a loosening of monetary policy, while also providing valuable insights into the monetary strategies adopted by other Reserve Banks around the world.

Speeches were followed by a question and answer session in which members of the public were invited to ask questions of both speakers. Dean of the UTS Business School Roy Green and McKell Institute Executive Director Sam Crosby also provided remarks at the luncheon.

MCKELL INSTITUTE PUBLIC LECTURE WITH SHADOW TREASURER THE HON. CHRIS BOWEN MP

Kindly hosted by the University of Sydney

In July 2014, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen addressed the McKell Institute on the economic challenges facing Australia in the 21st century. Bowen outlined his vision for an economy that is innovative, agile, entrepreneurial and embracing of change. He discussed the importance of ensuring equality of opportunity through education and the immediate employment challenges associated with the evolution of modern day technology. The speech also focussed on the need to invest heavily in science and innovation, venture capital, and the encouragement of new start-up companies.

A copy of his speech can be found here

The event was hosted by the University of Sydney and was attended by over 120 individuals from academia, the business sector, not-for-profits, and the general public. The Shadow Treasurer also answered a number of questions from the audience his political party’s plans for reform.

Economics Professor Garry Barrett from the University of Sydney and McKell Institute Executive Director Sam Crosby also provided remarks at the luncheon.

MCKELL INSTITUTE POLICY LUNCHEON WITH NSW ATTORNEY GENERAL THE HON. BRAD HAZZARD MP

Kindly hosted by Allens

In September 2014, the NSW Attorney General The Hon. Brad Hazzard MP addressed a policy luncheon held by The McKell Institute.

Minister Hazzard addressed the Institute on the NSW Government’s law and order reforms. Mr Hazzard also outlined his intention to introduce a whole of government approach to law and order that would begin to focus on addressing the social and other causes of crime in order to try and to keep more people out of the jail system.

The event was hosted by leading law firm Allens and was attended by over 50 leaders from the legal, union, business, academia and not-for-profit sectors. The Minister also answered a number of questions from the audience on the Government’s plans for legal reform.

McKell Institute Luncheon with NSW Transport Minister The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP

Kindly hosted by KPMG

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In May 2014, Minister Berejiklian addressed the Institute on the NSW Government’s achievements in the transport sector and discussed the relevance of effective and efficient public transport to the state’s productivity.

The event was hosted by leading professional services firm KPMG and it was attended by over 80 leaders from business, academia and the not-for-profit sectors, as well as a number of media representatives. The Minister also answered a number of questions from the audience on the Government’s plans for reform.

KPMG senior Partner Graham Brooke and McKell Institute Executive Director Sam Crosby also provided remarks at the luncheon.

McKell Institute end of year celebrations with former Prime Minister The Hon. Bob Hawke AC

Kindly hosted by the NSW AHA

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In December 2013, former Prime Minister The Hon. Bob Hawke AC addressed the McKell Institute’s end of year celebrations.

Former Prime Minister Hawke addressed guests on a range of topics including the history of reform under the Hawke Government, the current state of the economy, Australia’s place in the rapidly developing Asian region, the future of political discourse in Australia and the enduring importance of quality public policy development and debate.

Luncheon with NSW Education Minister the Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP

Kindly hosted by Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Copy of DSC_0356In November 2013, Minister for Education the Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP discussed the NSW Government’s plans for education reform and the importance of education excellence across rural and urban areas at a McKell Institute event held at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

The McKell Institute partnered with Corrs Chambers Westgarth to host a lunchtime policy discussion attended by more than 90 professionals from the business, government and education community.

Corrs financial services partner Michael Chaaya opened the event and welcomed guests. Michael expressed his passion for education and the influence it has to empower individuals with a choice about their future.

McKell Institute Executive Director Peter Bentley introduced Minister Piccoli who delivered the address on the issue of education reform in NSW since signing up to the National Plan for School Improvement. Minister Piccoli spoke at length about his passion for improving education in remote and regional areas of NSW as well as his Government’s commitment to a needs based funding model.

Launch of the “Superfast broadband: The future is in your hands”

Kindly sponsored by Vodafone Australia

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In November 2013, the McKell Institute and Vodafone Australia launched a new report titled “Superfast Broadband: The future is in your hands and authored by Michael Gordon-Smith.

The report was officially launched by the Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, while Vodafone CEO Bill Morrow delivered a speech discussing the findings of the report.

The paper assesses new opportunities for the NBN. In particular, it examines how the growth of mobile services has transformed the telecommunications industry and how NBN has the potential to dramatically improve mobile telecommunications.

It makes the case that the NBN, far from becoming redundant due to the explosion in mobile internet access, is in fact crucial to delivering better mobile services to both regional and urban areas without any significant increases in cost.

The author Michael Gordon-Smith has more than 20 years experience in Australian media and communications policy and related industries, including appointments to the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Communications Authority, precursors to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Michael is Chief Executive of the Australian Publishers Association, a Director of the Technology Dispute Centre Pty Ltd, President of the Australian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications and a Fellow of the McKell Institute.

Address by Federal Health Minister the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP

Kindly hosted by the Boden Institute at the University of Sydney

DSC_0050 In August 2013, the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, delivered a speech to a McKell Institute event hosted by the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Eating and Dieting Disorders.

Minister Plibersek delivered a wide-ranging speech touching on the history of health policy in Australia, the importance of Medicare, initiatives being implemented by the Federal Government and the healthcare challenges facing Australia.

Plibersek talked about the importance of preventative health, the role played by Medicare Locals, the need to tackle Indigenous health, the need to keep bulk billing rates high, and new investment being made in medical research and development. The Minister also talked about the importance of the new Grow Up Smiling scheme and the impact that this will have on 3.4 million Australian children.

Luncheon with Finance Minister, Senator the Hon. Penny Wong

DSC_0215In August 2013, Federal Minister for Finance and Deregulation Senator the Hon. Penny Wong delivered an address to a McKell Institute Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Minister Wong discussed the Federal Government’s economic and financial accomplishments to date while outlining the key economic, geographic and demographic shifts likely to occur throughout the 21st century.

The Minister also discussed the implications contained within the Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook released just prior to the event before fielding a range of questions from guests.

Launch of “Battlers and Billionaires” by the Hon. Dr. Andrew Leigh MP

Kindly hosted by Slater & Gordon

IMG_9800In July 2013, the McKell Institute hosted the official Sydney launch of the Hon. Dr. Andrew Leigh MP’s new book Battlers and Billionaires.

The book launch was held at Slater & Gordon and chaired by popular political journalist  and commentator Annabel Crabb.

As a former professor of economics at the Australian National University, Dr. Leigh was able to provide great insight into challenges associated with growing inequality. McKell guests were also given the opportunity to ask questions about the economic challenges facing Australia.

Launch of “The Case for a National Portable Long Service Leave Scheme in Australia”

Kindly sponsored by Unions NSW and Coverforce

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In June 2013, The McKell Institute and Macquarie University’s Centre for Workplace Futures released a major report on the case for a National Portable Long Service Leave Scheme in Australia.

Long Service Leave is a basic workplace entitlement. While the length of leave and qualification periods vary, the general entitlement a worker receives is two months leave after ten years continuous service with the same employer.

However, due to the changing nature of the labour market only 1 in 4 Australian workers stay with the same employer for 10 years. That means that 75% of working Australians do not receive Long Service Leave.

Now more than ever before Australian workers are struggling to balance their work commitments with their family and other life commitments. Recent studies have shown that over 50% of employees would rather have extra leave than take an equivalent pay rise.

The report provides the most comprehensive framework for the establishment of a National Portable Long Service Scheme ever produced in Australia.

Luncheon with NSW Health Minister the Hon. Jillian Skinner MP

Kindly hosted by Ernst & Young

IMG_9039In June 2013, NSW Health Minister the Hon. Jillian Skinner MP addressed a McKell Institute luncheon hosted by Ernst & Young.

Minister Skinner discussed the three key areas of population, growth and ageing while making the case for developing a more holistic approach to healthcare policy.

She discussed the policy challenges associated with an ageing population while outlining the NSW Government’s focus on avoidable hospitalisations, preventative health, chronic disease and dementia.

The Minister also shared with attendees the NSW Government’s focus on expanding the number of mental health nurses in preparation for the estimated 900,000 Australians who will experience dementia in 2050.

Luncheon with NSW Treasurer the Hon. Mike Baird MP

Kindly hosted by KPMG

Copy of IMG_8224In April 2013, NSW Treasurer the Hon. Mike Baird MP addressed a McKell Institute luncheon hosted by KPMG.

The Treasurer discussed the economic challenges facing NSW, with a particular focus on the difficulties associated with tackling the state’s infrastructure backlog whilst also maintaining the state’s AAA credit rating.

The Treasurer outlined his vision for a more sustainable budget in a time in which revenue is declining and fiscal obligations are increasing.  He also elaborated on the NSW Government’s “social bonds” pilot program and the potential for private investors to assist with reducing social disadvantage whilst also delivering social and economic savings to the state budget.

Luncheon with the chairman of Infrastructure NSW the Hon. Nick Greiner AC

Kindly hosted by KPMG

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In October 2012, The Hon Nick Greiner AC, Chairman of Infrastructure NSW, delivered his first major address since launching the 20 year State Infrastructure Strategy at a McKell Institute luncheon hosted by KPMG.

Mr Greiner spoke about a breadth of topics ranging from public transport, social housing, road and rail infrastructure, a second Sydney airport and sustainable jobs growth.

Mr Greiner also highlighted the need to have a more mature debate on the funding and financing of public infrastructure and repeated his call for a second Sydney airport, arguing that any serious future plan for the state must include a new airport at Badgery’s Creek.

Luncheon with NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services the Hon. Andrew Constance MP

Kindly hosted by Sparke Helmore Lawyers

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In September 2012, The Hon Andrew Constance MP, New South Wales Minister for Ageing and Disability Services delivered an informative and insightful address to a McKell Institute luncheon hosted by Sparke Helmore Lawyers.

Minister Constance spoke about the importance of reform across ageing and disability services and outlined the various initiatives currently being rolled out by the NSW State Government.

The Minister also outlined how the NSW Government was rolling out its trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme while providing insights into how the scheme will complement existing state based programs.

The speech was followed by a question and answer session.

Launch of “What makes us tick?” by Hugh Mackay

Kindly hosted by Deloitte

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In July 2012, best selling author Hugh Mackay, delivered a speech to a McKell Institute event on his latest book What Makes Us Tick.

Hugh Mackay is a psychologist, social researcher and novelist. He is the author of thirteen books, six of which were best sellers including the widely read Advance Australia….Where?

In his latest book, Hugh Mackay asks readers to hold a mirror up to themselves and to engage in a journey of introspection.

In What Makes Us Tick?, Hugh Mackay reflects on some of the desires that drive us all and how these desires have remained persistent throughout time.

In a highly entertaining speech, Hugh Mackay provided a short summary of some of the key themes from this book, putting on display his formidable skills as a chronicler and interpreter of our motivations while treating his audience to an exploration of why we do the things we do.

Address by Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard MP

Kindly hosted by Slater & Gordon

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In July 2012, The Prime Minister, The Hon Julia Gillard MP, delivered a landmark address to the McKell Institute on public policy reform and carbon pricing.

In her speech, Great Reforms Endure, the Prime Minister recalled the great reforms of Bill McKell and spoke of the importance of pricing carbon, both to cut pollution and to strengthen our economy.

She reminded the audience that when former Prime Minister Ben Chifley was putting the Snowy Bills through Parliament, the then Opposition Leader Robert Menzies quibbled and wavered and found excuses to raise questions.

“He was too sophisticated a figure for an aggressively negative campaign of the kind we see from the modern Liberal Party – but my conclusion from the record is that had Menzies been Prime Minister by then, he would have proposed a very different Snowy Scheme, if he’d proposed one at all” Prime Minister Gillard said.

A more recent example cited by the Prime Minister was the passage of the Native Title Act.

She told audience members that it was not at all surprising that when the then Opposition Leader spoke on the 20th anniversary of the High Court’s Mabo Decision last month, what he said in essence was that the “opponents of the Native Title Act had been proven wrong, including, presumably, the handful of his own MPs still in the House who said, “no” when that great reform came to a vote in 1993 and none of them will say they would vote against it today”.

Launch of the McKell Institute report “Homes for All” 

Kindly hosted by the NSW AHA

In April 2012, the McKell Institute launched its inaugural Homes for All report at a luncheon hosted by the NSW Branch of the Australian Hotels Association.

“Homes for All – The 40 things we can do to improve supply and affordability” provides practical recommendations aimed at making housing affordable.

Collectively these recommendations amount to a program that will see an end to a business as usual approach in housing – an approach which has failed the homeless, tenants, those who want to get into home ownership, first time buyers and many existing home owners.

We can do much better than business as usual – and the Homes for All report provides a road map for how to achieve it.

The report was authored by Dr. Tim Williams and Sean Macken.

Luncheon with Federal Transport Minister the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP

Kindly hosted by the NSW AHA

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In September 2011, Federal Transport Minister the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP addressed a McKell Institute Luncheon hosted by the NSW AHA.

Minister Albanese spoke about the Federal Government’s economic and legislative achievements, including the successful stewardship of the economy through the global financial crisis, the creation of Infrastructure Australia, the Nation Building Program, increased spending on road and rail, and the development of Australia’s freight corridors.

The Minister highlighted the importance of tackling infrastructure bottlenecks to improving national productivity, while answering a range of questions from attendees on the future challenges for infrastructure delivery in Australia.