Where are the new reform opportunities to ensure economic expansion? How should we face the challenges of an ageing population? How will we spread prosperity to the areas of entrenched disadvantage? These questions were the focus of the Sustaining Prosperity conference, hosted by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and The Australian in March-April 2005 at the University of Melbourne. A unique gathering of government ministers, opposition spokespeople, academic experts and business, social welfare and trade union figures debated a new national reform agenda to sustain prosperity. Participants included Federal Treasurer Peter Costello, federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, federal Treasury Secretary Ken Henry, economist Ross Garnaut, ACTU secretary Greg Combet and Australian Council of Social Service president Andrew McCallum. In Sustaining Prosperity, Peter Dawkins and Michael Stutchbury bring together the contributions of these and other leading Australians to examine the development of policies that will ensure a prosperous future for Australia.
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Author Biography - Peter Dawkins
Professor Peter Dawkins was Director of the Melbourne Institute, a position he was appointed to in 1996. Prior to that he was Professor of Economics at Curtin University of Technology. In 1999-2000 he was a member of the federal government's Reference Group on Welfare Reform, and since 2001 has been a member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (since 1999) and of the Prime Minister's Science Engineering and Innovation Council (since 2003). Michael Stutchbury was Editor of The Australian and is now Editor in Chief of the Australia Financial Review.