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Federal Budget and economic reform focus of inaugural Melbourne Economic Forum

An independent voice composed of Australia’s leading economic and social policy experts was today (Friday 11 July) established in Melbourne.

The Melbourne Economic Forum, composed of 40 experts from a range of policy backgrounds, is a joint collaboration between Victoria University and the University of Melbourne.

The Forum, which being run in association with the Australian Financial Review, will consider current policy challenges such as the Federal Budget, demise of the resource boom, Australia’s economic relationship with Asia and Australia’s ageing population.

Harnessing the deep pool of economic and social policy experts in the city of Melbourne, the forum will bring these leading experts together every second month to discuss different policy approaches that may better position Australia to deal with the economic challenges ahead.

Economic and public policy experts from Victoria University include Professor Peter Dawkins, Professor Peter Sheehan and Dr Craig Emerson. From the University of Melbourne, experts include Professor Ross Garnaut and Professor Allan Fels.

Victoria University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor  Peter Dawkins said, “The first forum will focus on issues associated with the end of the resources boom and what that means for the future of the Australian economy.”

Professor Margaret Sheil, Acting Vice-Chancellor at the University of Melbourne said that the collaborative forum would add a rigorous voice to current economic debate in Australia. “We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the public debate around economic and policy issues that have both local and global impact.”

The inaugural forum run will be held on 21 July 21 at Victoria University and more details can be found at

Professor Garnaut said, “Australia faces great challenges ahead. We see the Melbourne Economic Forum as a way of strengthening independence in policy analysis and setting the agenda for public debate.”

Media Contacts:

Christine White,
Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University
9919 4322; 0434 602884; [email protected]

Laura Soderlind (University of Melbourne Media office),
03 9035 3324; 0424 484655; [email protected]

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