Public forum: Will it be life as we know it after the global financial crisis?

Date: 10/07/2009

The public will have a unique opportunity to hear first hand the thoughts of the nation's leading economists and a Reserve Bank Assistant Governor at the final session of the 'Getting to Grips with the Economy' series, presented by the Whitlam Institute and the University of Western Sydney School of Economics and Finance.

What awaits the Australian economy beyond the GFC? This session provides the opportunity for bold thought and debate about whether we're on the right track, or whether we need to pursue new options for strengthening Australia's economy. It's a chance to consider where we want to be and what type of economy we want when we emerge from the GFC tunnel.

The speakers include:
*Professor John Quiggin, Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in Economics and Political Science, University of Queensland

*Associate Professor Steve Keen, School of Economics and Finance, University of Western Sydney

*Dr Guy Debelle, Assistant Governor (Financial Markets), Reserve Bank of Australia

Eric Sidoti, Director of the Whitlam Institute, says it's a rare opportunity to hear expert opinions - unfiltered and unedited - in a live forum and to be able to question the experts directly.

"The global financial crisis is never out of the headlines but few of us truly understand the detail. The conflicting information can also make it difficult to see a way forward," says Mr Sidoti.

"This forum provides a chance for the public to access the information directly, to question the experts and to ultimately engage in the debate as better informed citizens."

This is the second series of public forums organised by the Whitlam Institute, following up on the popular Energy Security discussion series in 2008.

The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney is a leading national centre for the dialogue and debate on public policy - it is a bipartisan think-tank for the people, working to ignite debate, strengthen discussion and enrich policy development in Australia.

WHAT: 'Getting to grips with the economy' - public information series
WHEN: Session 3, Thursday 23 July, 2009, 5pm to 7pm
WHERE: Riverside Theatres, cnr Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
DETAILS: $10 per session (incl. GST)
BOOKINGS: or ph: 02 8839 3399
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