Webinar Event- COVID-19: Your questions answered - Grattan Institute

The COVID-19 crisis is having an impact on every aspect of our lives: our health and wellbeing, our jobs and recreations, our personal finances and relationships, our children’s education and prospects.

Governments have rarely been under such stress as they seek to balance protecting public health with ensuring economic survival. How can we recover from the loss of lives, livelihoods, and our very way of life? What sort of society will we be left with when the crisis is over?

In this free Grattan Webinar, a panel of policy experts will provide perspective on the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. And we want to hear your questions – now – so we can seek to give as many answers as possible. You can tell us what you want to know when you register for this pre-Easter event. The panel will also answer questions raised during our previous webinar on COVID-19, conducted on Friday 27 March.

Event details
Thursday 9 April, noon-1pm

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John Daley has been CEO of the Grattan Institute since it was founded 11 years ago. He has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, housing affordability, and generational inequality. He has worked at the University of Oxford, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, consulting firm McKinsey and Co, and ANZ Bank in fields including law, public policy, strategy, and finance.

Danielle Wood is Director of Grattan’s Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Programs. She previously worked as Principal Economist at the ACCC, Senior Consultant at NERA Economic Consulting, and as a Senior Research Economist at the Productivity Commission. Danielle is national President of the Economic Society of Australia and Chair of the Women in Economics Network.

Stephen Duckett is 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. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals, to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science.

Brendan Coates is Director of Grattan’s Household Finances Program. His research focuses on tax reform, economic and budget policy, retirement incomes and superannuation, housing, transport infrastructure, and cities. 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.


Paul Austin is the Editor at Grattan Institute. Paul worked for many years as a journalist and editor at Fairfax and News Corporation. He reported from the Canberra and Spring Street press galleries, and was at various times Deputy Editor and Opinion Editor of both The Age and The Australian newspapers. He won a Quill Award for best deadline reporting and was highly commended in the Walkley Awards for best feature writing and the Quill Awards for best columnist.