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State of Australian budgets

Tuesday 15 April 2014, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Village Roadshow Theatrette
Entry 3, La Trobe St
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Australian governments are increasingly living beyond their means; they are going to need to make tough choices to balance their budgets. But which choices will really make a difference? Should we broaden the GST? Raise the age for the pension? Get rid of superannuation concessions? How much would these save, and what might the consequences be?

With the Victorian and Commonwealth budgets looming, and the Commission of Audit due to report soon, these questions are more pressing than ever. This event will provide a sneak preview of Grattan’s upcoming report on the state of our budgets, and discuss what can be done to repair them.

Panellists
  • Dr John Daley, CEO Grattan Institute
  • Lenore Taylor, political journalist
Interested in delving deeper into this subject? Have a look at our reading list:

State Library of Victoria

Grattan Institute

The Policy Pitch is a joint initiative of the State Library of Victoria and Grattan Institute to provide a public interest series on key policy themes. These free public seminars will offer lively, intelligent and thoughtful debate.