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Richard Denniss: Pay To Prosper


With economic growth at a standstill due to the pandemic, and a federal election just a hair’s breadth away, government spending is sure to be a hot button issue for Australians in coming months. 

Richard Denniss is Chief Economist at The Australia Institute, Australia’s foremost public policy think tank. He is known for his knack for explaining complicated economic issues clearly and with creative solutions. At this Fifth Estate event, Denniss joins Sally Warhaft to discuss how government spending can best be directed to create a fairer, more equal and just Australia, while at the same time ensuring economic recovery. 

This is sure to be an illuminating and timely conversation about Australia’s potential for economic growth and the evolving fiscal responsibilities of the public service in Australia’s future.

The bookseller for this event is Hill of Content Bookshop.


Richard Denniss

Dr Richard Denniss is the author of Econobabble: How to Decode Political Spin and Economic Nonsense. He was until recently the head of the Australia Institute, and is now its chief economist. Richard is the co-author of Affluenza, An Introduction to Australian Public Policy and Minori... Read more

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians’ lives in the fog of ... Read more


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