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‘Talk about returning the economy to normal after the crisis is misguided. Before the crisis, normal was nowhere near good enough.’
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?
For Ross Garnaut, the answer to the latter question is a resounding yes. 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.
Post-pandemic times, Garnaut argues, present us with the opportunity to reimagine economic structures and build a more prosperous and equitable society. Calling for the introduction of a basic income, a new business tax system, and a push towards full employment, Garnaut believes Australia should raise its economic ambitions higher than ever before.
Brimming with optimism and practical ideas, Reset presents a bold new vision for the Australian economy from one of our leading thinkers.
In this thought-provoking conversation at Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, Garnaut will discuss his roadmap for progress, policy, and diplomacy with host Prue Bentley.
Presented in partnership with Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute.
The bookseller for this event is Collins Booksellers.
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.