Janet McCalman and Emma Dawson - What Happens Next?

Tuesday 20 October 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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In the wake of a global pandemic, Australia's most respected experts chart the way forward.

Join our expert panel including Janet McCalman, Emma Dawson, Emma Germano and Rob Moodie discussing What Happens Next? Reconstructing Australia after COVID-19.

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the global economy, a reset to serve the wellbeing of people and the planet was plainly needed. As Australia rebuilds, after the immediate health crisis has passed, it must be with the explicit purpose of constructing an economically and ecologically sustainable world. After the Great Depression and the Second World War, economic thinking was transformed across the Anglosphere, with a determination to create a more equitable society and support every child, regardless of background, to achieve their full potential. Australia's leaders reshaped our economy through a determined and coordinated program of post-war reconstruction. Their reforms set us up for decades of prosperity and the creation of perhaps the most prosperous and stable society on earth. With contributions from some of Australia's most respected academics and leading thinkers, What Happens Next? sets out a progressive, reforming agenda to tackle the twin crises of climate change and inequality. It provides a framework through which our collective effort can be devoted to improving the lives of all Australians, and the sustainability of the world in which we live.

Contributors include: Emma Dawson; Professor Janet McCalman AC; The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP; Thomas Mayor; Dr Liz Allen; Professor Clinton Fernandes; Dr Shireen Morris; Osmond Chiu; Michele O'Neil; Professor Fiona Stanley; Professor Mike Daube AO; and Dr Jim Chalmers.

Janet McCalman is known for her award-winning books, Struggletown, Journeyings and Sex and Suffering, all published by MUP. As a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, she has always been fascinated by the experience of historical cohorts and the interplay between private life and the public world of politics and policy. In 2018 she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Emma Dawson is the executive director of Per Capita. Formerly, she was a senior advisor on sustainability and inclusion at Telstra, executive director of the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society, University of Melbourne, and a senior policy advisor in the Rudd and Gillard governments. Dawson has published articles on public policy and social affairs in academic journals and the mainstream press, and is a regular panellist on The Drum on ABC TV. She is a graduate of LaTrobe and Monash universities, and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.