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8 May 2019

In this special Policy Forum Pod Extra, a panel of experts from The Australian National University takes a look at the enduring challenges in Australian domestic policy including Indigenous disadvantage, climate change, and tax policy.

Many of the big challenges in Australian policy seem intractable. How the country responds – or doesn’t – will shape society for decades to come. In this live panel event, recorded on 30 April 2019, experts discuss how to tackle the big issues the country faces and whether the election commitments made so far are likely to succeed in addressing them. This panel event is the second in the ANU federal election series. Listen here:


Liz Allen is a demographer and social researcher with quantitative and qualitative expertise at The Australian National University.

Robert Breunig is a Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. He conducts research in three main areas: economics of the household; empirical industrial organisation; and statistical and econometric theory.

Tony Dreise is Professor of Indigenous Policy Research and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR). He is nationally and internationally recognised as a First Nations leader in policy, evaluation and research in the field of education.

Mark Howden is Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute. Mark was a major contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports for the UN, for which he shares a Nobel Peace Prize.


Catherine McGrath is one of Australia’s most experienced international affairs analysts and political commentators. Catherine was Chief Political Correspondent for SBS TV. She joined SBS after a 26-year award-winning career as foreign correspondent, political editor and ABC Asia Editor.

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This podcast is part of Policy Forum’s Australian Election coverage, and published in partnership with The Australian National University.

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