Prime Minister’s Summer Reading List 2017

Grattan Institute launched our annual Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister, in Melbourne at the State Library Victoria on Tuesday 5 December.

Every year Grattan Institute releases a summer reading list for the Prime Minister. It recommends books and articles that the Prime Minister, or any Australian interested in public debate, will find both stimulating and cracking good reads. Melbourne broadcaster Sally Warhaft joined Grattan Institute CEO John Daley in Melbourne to discuss how this year’s titles illuminate some of Australia’s most important debates.


Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, writer and former editor of The Monthly magazine. She is the author of Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s Fifth Estate series. Sally has a PhD in Anthropology and did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India.

John Daley has been CEO of the Grattan Institute since it was founded eight 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.


This year we were proud to publish our list in partnership with Readings – an Australian independent retailer. The books can be purchased at Readings’ table which will be set up at the event, at any of Readings seven shops in Melbourne, or via Readings online.