John Button Oration: The Next Generation’s Australia - Grattan Institute

The Melbourne School of Government is delighted to host this year’s John Button Oration. The Oration provides the opportunity for a prominent Australian to give a talk on policy in honour of the legacy of John Button.

This year’s Oration will be delivered by Grattan CEO Danielle Wood, on the topic of The Next Generation’s Australia.

Most people want to leave a fairer, healthier, and cleaner world than the one they inherited. But with the extant, existential threat of climate change, as well as issues such as unemployment, underemployment, and rapidly rising housing prices, how can today’s policymakers better reflect tomorrow’s voices?

Danielle will grapple with how we can deliver on our obligations to the next generation, drawing on her extensive work on economic reform and systemic inequality.

Please join us for this special online event.

Supported by the John Button Fund, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne


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John Howe


Professor John Howe is Director of the Melbourne School of Government and Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne. John’s research interests include labour market policy and regulation, regulatory design, and corporate accountability. He has written extensively on the role of the state in regulating employment and labour markets, and on the intersection between state-based regulation and corporate governance. John is presently engaged in research concerning regulatory enforcement of minimum employment standards and labour dispute resolution in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. He is also leading the Program on Regulation and Design at the School of Government, as well as a project on the evaluation of government social procurement initiatives.

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 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.