Prime Minister's Summer Reading List 2021 - Grattan Institute

We warmly invite you to the online launch of Grattan’s 2021 Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister, in partnership with State Library Victoria.

Join our CEO Danielle Wood, with renowned writer Benjamin Law, as we reveal our top six thought-provoking, compelling, and relevant books from 2021. It’s been an extraordinary year, and these are extraordinary reads – not only for the Prime Minister, but for all Australians interested in public policy.

Danielle and Benjamin will be introduced by Angharad Wynne-Jones from SLV, and joined by four of the authors of these wonderful books. The official list announcement will be made on Thursday 2 December.


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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.

Benjamin Law


Benjamin Law is a writer and broadcaster. He’s the author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101 (2017), and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019). Benjamin created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law, based on his memoir, and wrote the sold-out mainstage play Torch the Place for Melbourne Theatre Company (2020). He has a PhD in creative writing and cultural studies from the Queensland University of Technology. He co-hosts ABC Radio National’s weekly national pop culture show Stop Everything and interviews public figures for Good Weekend.