SYDNEY Productive cities: opportunity in a changing economy

At this public seminar, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, discussed Productive cities with report author, Jane-Frances Kelly, Director of the Grattan Institute Cities Program. James Button, Author and Communications Manager Grattan Institute, moderated the event.

Cities are essential to generating economic growth and to creating and sharing opportunities. In the past, our cities have served us well in this regard. But if Australia is to prosper in an ever more knowledge-intensive global economy, then our cities must perform these roles differently – and much better – than they do today.

It is time to put the functioning of our cities squarely on the economic reform agenda.

Productive cities, the latest report from the Grattan Institute Cities program documents who lives where in Australia’s four largest cities and how this is changing. It then analyses the consequences for national productivity and individual opportunity.