Politics and the Budget: down the slippery economic slope we go! Breakfast event

The federal budget was tabled some time ago, yet the controversy it sparked continues. The budget joined other recent government announcements including those on energy, school funding and immigration, to raise major concerns about the quality and rigour of public policy and the influence of populism. Meanwhile, the way federal parliament is working — or not working — makes it harder for any government to implement worthwhile reforms.

This breakfast event on Wednesday 12 July will focus on the budget and how political trends now play a large part in shaping it. Speakers will also discuss the likelihood of the avowed major budget repair objective being achieved and the quality of the specific measures proposed to meet that objective. Particular attention will be paid to the new bank tax and the balance between expenditure restraint (or lack of it) and tax increases.

Join our speakers:


Tony Shepherd, Chairman of the Abbott government’s Audit Commission and now leader of the Menzies Research Centre’s Shepherd Review of National Challenges





D-Gallagher-web-2016David Gallagher, Professor of Management (Finance), Macquarie University Graduate School of Management





kelly-paul3  Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian






robert-carling Robert Carling, Senior Fellow, The Centre for Independent Studies.





Event Details:

When: Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Where: The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1 131 Macquarie Street SYDNEY NSW 2000

Time: 7:15 am for a 7:30 am start. The event will conclude by 9 am

Cost: Member: $10 I Non-Member: $15 I Student: $5.  Light breakfast will be provided.

To secure your place please book at www.cis.org.au/events or call (02) 9438 4377.

If you wish to transfer a booking you must advise the organisers of the name change at your earliest convenience.

For event enquiries please email reception at office@cis.org.au

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at kpincott@cis.org.au

Limited parking is available within the building complex. Online pre-bookings are essential to secure a car spot and discounted parking rate. Please visit the Secure Parking website, select the car park at 131 Macquarie Street and enter the promotion code: CIS45 when making your booking. If you are travelling by train, Martin Place and Circular Quay are the nearest stations to our office, with Wynyard a few minutes further away.