Commonwealth Budget Review 2015/16 (members only)


From: Monday May 18, 2015, 12:30 pm

To: Monday May 18, 2015, 2:00 pm


The Economic Society of Australia (Victoria) invites all our members to the annual Commonwealth Budget Review 2015/16.

We have invited four experienced economists with diverse backgrouds for this year's event: Professors Jeff Borland and Judith Sloan, Jerome Fahrer and Alan Oster. Each brings a different perspective, shedding light on all the nooks and crannies of what is anticipated to be a budget aimed at calming and winning back voters. Each will speak for 10 minutes after which the floor will be opened for a Q&A discussion chaired by Jerome Fahrer.

This event offers pointed and deeper analysis distinct from the media spin that typically follows budget night.  At the event, we will invite members to vote on the proposition that the Branch supports the budget strategy.

We hope to see all members for what is a stand out event on the ESA calendar. It is a members only event. Friends are encouraged to take up membership so they too can attend this event.


The speakers:


Jeff Borland is Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne. His main research interests are analysis of the operation of labour markets in Australia, program and policy evaluation and design, Australian economic history, and applications of microeconomic theory. In 2010 he was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University. He is currently Co-Editor of Economic Inquiry and on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Sports Economics. He has acted as a consultant on labour market and microeconomics issues to organisations such as the OECD, IMF, ACCC, New Zealand Treasury, and Productivity Commission. *** JudithSloan Judith Sloan is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. She is also a member of the Westfield board, a director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and a regular contributor to The Australian newspaper. She has also been a university professor, a commissioner on the Productivity Commission, deputy chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Commissioner of the Australian Fair Pay Commission. Over the years she has sat on several boards, including Santos, Mayne Group, SGIO Insurance and Primelife. *** JeromeFahrer Jerome Fahrer is Director of ACIL Allen Consulting in Melbourne. He leads ACIL Allen Consulting’s competition policy practice, and advises corporate and government clients on competition and regulation policy, economic evaluation of major projects, telecommunications, and gambling. Prior to joining ACIL Allen Consulting in 1995, Jerome was a senior official of the Reserve Bank of Australia. He was a member of the Tasmanian Government’s Expert Review Panel on the Electricity Industry. Jerome was educated at University of New South Wales and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Master of Public Affairs Administration, Master of Arts, and PhD. *** AlanOster Alan Oster is Group Chief Economist of the National Australia Bank. Alan joined the Bank in 1992 from the Federal Treasury where he worked for 15 years - his special field being economic forecasting and monetary policy. He graduated (with first class honours) in economics from Newcastle University. He also holds a Masters degree in economics from the Australian National University. Immediately before joining the Bank, Alan was the Senior Adviser in Treasury responsible for economic forecasting and modelling. In 1987 he was seconded for nearly four years as Counsellor-Economic and Financial with Australia’s delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. As Group Chief Economist, Alan is responsible for NAB’s global economic and financial forecasts. He is also a highly respected and much quoted commentator on Australian and global economic trends and policy issues.


Victorian Competition & Efficiency Commission (VCEC) Offices (Level 37)

2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Victoria

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