Speaking tour: Richard Denniss on Why Economics Is Broken

One of our big new projects for 2020 is to reclaim an economic debate that is broken.

Australia’s economy is stagnant, wages growth is the slowest it's been since World War II, interest rates are lower than ever before and until the bushfire crisis the economic debate still prioritised a surplus over sound economic management.

The bushfire crisis currently engulfing parts of Australia is going to have an impact on Australia's economy well beyond the affected areas. The costs of climate inaction have never been clearer.

A big part of what has gone wrong with our political debate comes from a poor economic debate. A debate that is stuck in the past. 

In 2020 the Australia Institute is hosting a national speaking tour featuring our chief economist Richard Denniss, with events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide in 2020. Get your tickets below.


6 pm—7:30 pm
Wednesday 19 February 2020
at State Library of Queensland
(Auditorium 1)
Stanley Place, South Brisbane
$35/$20 (concession) - BOOK TICKETS

6 pm—7:30 pm
Friday 6 March 2020
at State Library of Victoria
(Village Roadshow Theatre)
58 Russell St, Melbourne
$35/$20 (concession) - BOOK TICKETS

6 pm—7:30 pm
Wednesday 11 March 2020

Adelaide Town Hall
(Banqueting Room)
128 King William St, Adelaide
$35/$20 (concession) - BOOK TICKETS

6 pm—7:30 pm
Monday 6 April 2020
Art Gallery of NSW
(Domain Theatre)
Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
$35/$20 (concession) - BOOK TICKETS


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Past events


6 pm—7:30 pm
Thursday 28th November 2019
at Shine Dome (Ian Wark Theatre)
15 Gordon St, Acton
$35/$17 (concession) - book tickets

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