The Wheeler Centre
View all episodes in this series
Ross Garnaut: Reset
'It's not enough to go back to what we had before the pandemic recession. We've got to do better.'
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the global economy has changed drastically. As we adjust to a new normal, is it possible to recover the economy we once had? Or should we rebuild it from the ground up?
In this special podcast episode, economist Ross Garnaut discusses his roadmap for progress, policy, and diplomacy with host Prue Bentley.
In his latest book Reset: Restoring Australia after the Pandemic Recession, Garnaut makes the case for a radical overhaul of the Australian economy and argues that returning to our previous conception of ‘normal’ would be a missed opportunity.
This podcast episode is presented in partnership with Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute
This conversation was originally scheduled to take place live on Wednesday 11 August 2021 and was cancelled in response to Victorian Government health advice. We are now presenting this discussion exclusively in podcast form.
Professor Garnaut is a Professor of Economics at The University of Melbourne. He was previously distinguished Professor of Economics at the Australian National University, the Director of the ANU Asia Pacific School of Economics and Management and was the longstanding Head of the Department of Economics. He is the author of numerous publications in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Recent books include The Great Crash of 2008 (with David Llewellyn-Smith, 2009); Dog Days: Australia After the Boom (2013); Forty Years of Reform and Development in China (2018), Superpower: Australia’s low carbon opportunity (2019) and Reset: Restoring Australia after the Pandemic Recession (2021). He is Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Economic Society, Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resources Economic Society, Fellow of the Australia Academy of Social Sciences and Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Prue Bentley is the Chief of Staff for ABC Ballarat and Southwest Victoria, overseeing the development of broadcast and digital content for two regional Victorian bureaus.
As a content maker for over 15 years, Prue has produced and presented local radio programs across Australia and news programs syndicated to the Asia-Pacific.
She believes in the power of conversations to bring people together on the important issues, and the value of local communities to make meaningful change.
She joined the board of the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute with the aim of showing more people this wonderful community resource.