Election special: Policy priorities for the next government - Grattan Institute

The 2022 federal election campaign should be the starting gun for the race to build a better Australia. 

In this special Grattan Institute/State Library Victoria Policy Pitch event, our experts will discuss the bold reforms that Australia needs to build back better after the COVID recession. Drawing on Grattan’s 2022 Orange Book, the panel will map out a policy blueprint to reignite wages growth and boost Australians’ living standards.

Grattan Institute CEO Danielle Wood will be joined by Grattan Program Directors Brendan Coates (Economic Policy), Marion Terrill (Transport and Cities), Tony Wood (Energy and Climate Change), and former Program Director Stephen Duckett (Health). 

With only days until Australia votes, our experts will identify the policies that should have dominated the campaign. And they will answer your questions on what should be on the agenda of the next government, whether Coalition of Labor.

Read about a COVID-safe Library and read the State Library Victoria reading list here.

Please note, this event will take place both in person and will be streamed online. 

Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Streaming Link: Provided upon registration


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Brendan Coates


Brendan is the Economic Policy Program Director at Grattan Institute, where he leads the think tank’s work on tax and transfer system reform, retirement incomes and superannuation, housing, macroeconomics, and migration. He is a former macro-financial economist with the World Bank in Indonesia and consulted to the Bank in Latin America. He previously worked as a macro-financial economist with the World Bank in Indonesia and Latin America, and in a number of roles with the Australian Treasury.

Marion Terrill


Marion Terrill is Director of Grattan’s Transport & Cities Program. She is a leading policy analyst with experience that ranges from authoring parts of the 2010 Henry Tax Review to leading the design and development of the MyGov account. She joined the Grattan Institute in April 2015 to establish the Transport Program, and has published on investment in transport infrastructure, cost overruns, value capture, discount rates and congestion. 

Tony Wood AM


Tony Wood is the director the Energy and Climate Change Program at Grattan Institute. Before that he worked at Origin. From 2009 to 2014 he was also Program Director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation, advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region on effective deployment of large-scale, low-emission energy technologies. In 2008, he was seconded to provide an industry perspective to the first Garnaut climate change review. In January 2018, Tony was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the areas of energy policy, climate change and sustainability. In October 2019, Tony was elected as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Stephen Duckett


Dr Stephen Duckett is the former Director of Grattan’s Health Program. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science.

Danielle Wood


Danielle Wood is the CEO of Grattan Institute and also leads Grattan’s Budgets and Government Program. She has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budgets, tax reform, generational inequality, and reforming political institutions. Danielle previously worked at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, NERA Economic Consulting, and the Productivity Commission. Danielle is the former President of the Economic Society of Australia and was the co-founder and first Chair of the Women in Economics Network. She is a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office Expert Advisory Committee, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Research Committee, the Commonwealth Bank CEO Advisory Council, and the PWC Future of Work Committee.