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Beyond the Bottom Line: Government debt in Australia

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The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre invites you to the launch of the next report in its Focus on the States series. The report findings will be presented by BCEC Director Alan Duncan, followed by a panel discussion that brings together unique State and Federal perspectives on the topic, with Dr John Hewson AM and Mr John Langoulant AO providing expert commentary.

Event details

This report will move beyond the rhetoric by adding to the current evidence base on the fiscal position of Federal and State governments. Questions around whether governments face expenditure or revenue problems or both, what the key drivers of government debt are and the likely future implications will be raised and answered. What role should government debt play alongside other public finance instruments in the governments’ armoury? What levels of debt are sustainable, or indeed desirable? How does Australia’s debt position – and Australia’s approach to managing public debt – compare to other countries?

Thursday 26 November 2015
11.30am - 2.00pm
The Hyatt – Grand Ballroom 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6000
There is no charge to attend this event, but registrations are essential.
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Please join us for lunch with prominent government, industry and community leaders to discuss how best to contextualise Australia’s current and future debt position, and move forward the debate on this critical policy issue.


Panel members

dr-john-hewsonDr John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system. He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund and as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister. He is currently a Professor and holds a Chair in the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at Crawford School, ANU. His business career before entering politics in 1987 was as a company director and business consultant and included roles as Foundation Executive Director, Macquarie Bank Limited and as a Trustee of the IBM Superannuation Fund.


John LangoulantMr John Langoulant has interests across the corporate, public and not for profit sectors. His early career was in the Australian Treasury in Canberra. After returning to Perth he was appointed as Western Australia’s Under Treasurer, a position he held for close to 10 years. He has since held CEO positions with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, Australian Capital Equity and with Mitsubishi’s Oakajee Port and Rail project in the mid-west. In recent times John has been consulting to Mitsubishi, Deloitte and Curtin University (in the latter case with a focus on increasing industry engagement with Curtin and on developing innovation precincts on the campus).