After consistent reform at a Federal level across the Hawke, Keating, Howard and Gillard Governments, policy ambition seems to have stalled. In his book A Decade of Drift, Martin Parkinson recounts serving six prime ministers as an integral part of key policy development at the highest levels. As CEO of the Grattan Institute for eleven years, John Daley has published widely across key policy areas, his writings underpinned by themes of prioritising government initiatives and the limits to government effectiveness. They argue Australia should demand more courage and commitment from their political leaders.
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John Daley was Chief Executive of the Grattan Institute for eleven years. He has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, housing affordability, and generational inequality. In his storied career, he has worked across law, public policy, strategy, and finance for institutions including the University of Oxford, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, McKinsey and Co and ANZ Bank.
Dr Martin Parkinson served in Commonwealth Government leadership positions on all facets of economic, social, foreign, defence and national security policies for almost forty years. During his tenure, Martin led Australia’s key public sector organisations - including the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Treasury - through a period of considerable political uncertainty, serving under five different prime ministers.
Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and broadcaster with an appetite for ideas and in-depth analysis and discussion. Paul has produced countless stories over more than twenty years for an array of programs on most ABC radio networks.