Keynote speaker – Richard Denniss

The Australia Institute’s chief economist, Dr Richard Denniss is an economist with a particular interest in the role of regulation. Prior to taking up his current position he was an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University where he continues to hold an adjunct appointment.

In 2016 Richard published Econobabble: How to Decode Political Spin and Economic Nonsense. The book was been designed to expose the stupid arguments, bizarre contradictions and complete lack of evidence upon which much ‘common sense’ about the economy rests in Australia.

Richard has also published extensively in academic journals, is a frequent contributor to national newspapers and was the co-author of the best-selling Affluenza (with Dr Clive Hamilton) and is the co-author of An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice (with Dr Sarah Maddison).

Richard has worked as Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown; Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja; and lectured in economics at the University of Newcastle.

In this recent podcast Richard ties together many of the themes of the conference.

Richard will present a keynote address on the current story we are telling – what is real and what is a construct? – giving us some ideas of what we could change to improve community wellbeing.