Expectations of the Coalition Government

La Trobe University’s Ideas & Society program is considering how the new Federal Coalition Government will tackle some of the big policy challenges of our time.

Rally for a price on pollutionThe program, which is convened and chaired by Emeritus Professor of Politics Robert Manne, will take a closer look at three critical policy areas in a special forum at La Trobe’s campus at Bundoora on Wednesday 2 October.

The panel speakers are:

  • John Daley, CEO of the Grattan Institute (economic policy) 
  • Professor Mary Crock, University of Sydney (asylum seeker policy) and 
  • John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute (climate change policy) 

Professor Manne said in the lead up to last month’s election, the coalition made it clear that changes would take place if they were elected.

‘By early October the general policy trajectory of the new Abbott government will have begun to emerge. A discussion in depth from three of the country’s most respected public policy analysts should throw some light on what the election of a new government will mean for the future of Australia,’ Professor Manne said.

‘Are truly significant changes of direction in the management of the economy and in asylum seeker and climate change policy likely or unlikely? Will Australia be a better or worse country as a result? Will the new Prime Minister be, as he hopes, a unifier of the nation or will he be, as his opponents fear, a divisive figure? These are the kind of questions that seem certain to be discussed.’

Event details 

DATE: Wednesday 2 October 2013

TIME: 12.30- 2.00pm

VENUEJohn Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Bundoora

The Ideas & Society Program conducts debates and public lectures. It aims to bring students, staff and the general public together to consider some of the critical questions of the time.

Watch online 

The event will be broadcast live on the day, and a webcast will be available for download following the seminar.

Public inquiries

University events on (03) 9479 3463, or visit the Ideas and Society website for more information

Media inquiries

Penny Underwood: T 03 9818 8540 or E mediawise@mediawise.net.au


John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute since 2007, previously worked at World Vision where he was a co-convenor of the Make Poverty History campaign. He has been a leader in the Australian Conservation Foundation and the NSW Nature Conservation Council, is passionate about climate change, and is currently on the NSW Government’s Climate Council.

Mary Crock, Professor of Public Law and Associate Dean (Research) at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney.  She has worked in immigration and refugee law since 1985 and has authored 8 books, reports and articles in this field.  She helped establish and run the Victorian Immigration Advice and Rights Centre Inc in Melbourne and is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law.

John Daley, Chief Executive Officer of the Grattan Institute, is one of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers, with 20 years experience in the public, private and university sectors. He has worked for ANZ and McKinsey in a career that also includes expertise in law, finance, education, and workers compensation.

Robert Manne is Emeritus Professor, a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Convenor of the Ideas & Society Program at La Trobe University. A leading public intellectual and commentator, he is the author of Left, Right, Left: Political Essays 1977 - 2005Making Trouble: Essays against the New Australian Complacency and three Quarterly Essays, most recently Bad News.