From the float of the dollar to the pricing of carbon, Australia has now experienced almost three decades of major economic and social reform. Justly proud of our performance during the Global Financial Crisis, Australians can look to the future with a degree of confidence, but certainly not complacency. In a rapidly changing world, the question of ‘what’s next?’ is always relevant; and in this lecture the Hon. John Brumby will ask this question of the Labor Party, and of the nation.
As a member of the Hawke/Keating Government, and as a former Leader of the Opposition, Treasurer, and then Premier of Victoria, John Brumby is uniquely placed to analyse the current situation, and advocate a way forward. From addressing the growing infrastructure challenge in our cities and regions, as well as unfinished business in human capital and education; to creating a nation of innovators and entrepreneurs and building a better federation, he will argue that the battle of ideas that is modern democratic politics has never been more important.
The Hon John Brumby was the former Premier of Victoria (2007-2010) and has immense experience in public life serving for more than 10 years as Treasurer and then Premier of Victoria, 6 years as Leader of the Victorian Opposition and 7 years as Federal MHR for Bendigo during the period of the Hawke Government.
Since retiring from politics, Mr Brumby has accepted a number of Board positions as well as a joint appointment to both the Melbourne and Monash Universities as a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow. He is Chairman of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) Superannuation Fund and an Independent Director of Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Limited. Mr Brumby is also a Panel Member of the Federal Government’s Review into GST Distribution which is examining the distribution of GST funds to the States and Territories.
In addition, Mr Brumby is a Member of the Business and Economics (B&E) Board, Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne and an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, also at the University of Melbourne. Mr Brumby is also the Chairman of Trustees of the Joe Welch Bursary Trust and an active member of the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Next Free Public Lecture:
11 Jun 2013