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Examining the 2020 Federal Budget – Webinar Event

It will be an extraordinary Budget for extraordinary times. The 2020 Federal Budget, delayed for months because of a global pandemic, will be delivered in the midst of a global recession.

The deficit will be ‘eye-watering’, with income tax cuts likely to be brought forward, and infrastructure spending on an unprecedented scale. But will it be enough to get the economy firing and Australians back to work? Will the Government inject sufficient stimulus in the right places at the right time?

In this special post-Budget Grattan Webinar, our panel of experts will assess the 2020 Budget, and identify better ways to hasten the recovery. And we want to hear from you – please join in by submitting your questions.

Event details
Thursday 8 October, noon-1pm

Register here


Ming Long AM is the Chair of AMP Capital Funds Management Limited, Deputy Chair of Diversity Council of Australia, a director of QBE Insurance (Auspac), CEDA, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and on the Culture Advisory Board for University of Sydney. She is a non-executive director with experience in a broad range of sectors including financial services, funds management, and real estate. She has held leadership positions including CEO and CFO roles with a track record of taking on challenging roles, including successfully navigating the global financial crisis. She was the first Asian woman to lead an ASX-100 or 200 listed entity in Australia.

Jeremy Thorpe is an economist with more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He is currently a Partner at PwC in its national Economics & Policy team, and is the firm’s chief Economist. He was previously a Director of a boutique economic consultancy and prior to that was at the Commonwealth Treasury and the Productivity Commission. Jeremy also serves on the board of Flourish Australia. Flourish Australia works in local communities to help people on their mental health recovery journey. Jeremy holds a Bachelor or Law (with Honours) and Bachelor of Economics.

Danielle Wood is CEO of the Grattan Institute and head of our Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Programs. Danielle has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, generational inequality, and reforming political institutions. Danielle previously worked at the ACCC, NERA Economic Consulting, and the Productivity Commission. Danielle is the National President of the Economic Society of Australia and co-founder and former Chair of the Women in Economic Network.


Peter Martin is Business and Economy Editor of The Conversation  and a visiting fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. A former Commonwealth Treasury official and former economics editor of The Age, he has reported economics since 1985. With Dr Gigi Foster he presents The Economists on ABC Radio National. In 2016 he was made a Distinguished Alumni of Flinders University in recognition of his contribution to the community’s understanding of economics. In 2019 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to multi-platform and print media as an economics journalist.