The Fifth Estate: The Public Purse
Trains, planes or automobiles, health, education or indigenous care, welfare or childcare, the young or the old, the fast or the creative, an NBN or hospital beds – how should politicians decide where our taxes should go?
With the 2013 Federal Election looming and promises flying from all sides of politics, the indomitable Sally Warhaft is joined by special guests Kristina Keneally and John Hewson for a robust perusal of the public purse.
The Hon Kristina Keneally MP is the Member for Heffron in the New South Wales Parliament. Kristina served as the 42nd Premier of New South Wales and the first woman Premier in the state from 2009 to 2011. She holds a BA in Political Science (Hons) and a MA in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She hosts the Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, now in its ninth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.
John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government and the financial system.
He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the IMF and as an advisor to two successive federal treasurers and the prime minister. He is currently a professor at the Crawford School ANU.