After the meltdown: economic experts discuss the way forward, post global financial crisis

Date: 26/11/2009

In the wake of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression, economic leaders, including Federal Treasury Secretary Dr Ken Henry, will gather in Sydney on Monday 30 November to offer their analysis and opinion on possible future directions for Australia's economy in the new international environment.

Dr Henry, together with Gary Banks, Bernie Fraser and Professor Warwick McKibbin, will speak at the 'Governing the Economy: the challenges and the possibilities' symposium being hosted by the Whitlam Institute in partnership with the School of Economics and Finance at the University of Western Sydney.

The symposium is being held at the InterContinental Sydney, beginning at 9:00am, with the day's proceedings being streamed live via Telstra's Direct Video Network to many newsrooms.

Director of the Whitlam Institute, Mr Eric Sidoti, says the symposium offers a rare opportunity to hear from our key economic players and policy makers.

"The economic rollercoaster ride experienced over the last two years thanks to the global financial crisis has once again put national and international economic and fiscal policy, and governing and regulatory practices, firmly under the spotlight," he says.

"This symposium promises to be one of the more significant economic gatherings for 2009. While it will inevitably reflect upon the GFC experience, the emphasis is on the emerging challenges and options that may be available to policy-makers in charting the way ahead," says Mr Sidoti.

The 'Governing the Economy' speakers are:
* Dr Ken Henry, Secretary, Australian Treasury
* Gary Banks, Chair, Productivity Commission
* Bernie Fraser, Former Treasury Secretary and Former Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia
* Professor Warwick McKibbin, Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Australian National University, and Board member, Reserve Bank of Australia

There will also be a lunchtime discussion, 'Reporting the Economy', featuring a panel of economic and political commentators - Radio National's Breakfast host, Fran Kelly (MC), along with Michael Stutchbury, Economics Editor, The Australian; Annabel Crabb, political columnist and sketch writer, Sydney Morning Herald; and Stephen Long, the ABC's Economics Correspondent.

The symposium's sponsors and supporters include: Deutsche Bank, Energy Australia, Mitchell Communications Group, Foxtel, Hawker Britton, Macquarie Group and The Pratt Foundation.

Symposium Patron, Mr John Phillips, AO, Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney, will open the forum.

Closing the day's proceedings will be UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, AM.

For more information about the symposium, download a program from the Whitlam Institute website: or contact Amy Sambrooke, Communications Officer at the Whitlam Institute on 02 9685 9072 or

WHAT: 'Governing the Economy' symposium, hosted by the Whitlam Institute in partnership with the School of Economics and Finance, University of Western Sydney
WHEN: Monday 30 November
TIME: 09:00hrs - 14:30hrs
WHERE: James Cook Ballroom, InterContinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Live video feed: Vision and audio from the InterContinental will be available from 0900 - 1300hrs on Telstra's DVN (Direct Video Network), and will be switched through to Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10, ABC, SBS and Sky News.

Media please note there will be no doorstop interviews.



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