RESET: Restoring Australia after the Pandemic Recession

RESET book cover


The Melbourne Energy Institute, in partnership with Faculty of Business & Economics and Black Inc, is delighted to invite you to the launch of Professor Ross Garnaut’s book RESET: Restoring Australia after the Pandemic Recession.

Please join our speakers, online, for a robust discussion exploring RESET’s key themes including, Australia’s path back to full employment, incomes growth and why this depends on our making good use of the zero carbon opportunity.


Rod Sims, Chairman, Australian Consumer and Competition Commission

Ross Garnaut, Professor of Economics, The University of Melbourne


Abigail Payne, Director Melbourne Institute and Professor of Economics

For more information about RESET, and for signed copies available for launch attendees at a specially discounted price, please visit Neighbourhood Books.

Ross Garnaut, Professor of Economics, The University of Melbourne

Professor Garnaut AO, AC is Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at The University of Melbourne, previously Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Australian National University. Professor Garnaut has had longstanding and successful roles as policy advisor, diplomat and businessman. He was principal economic adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke 1983-1985, and Australian Ambassador to China 1985-1988.

He is the author of numerous publications in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, and recent books include Dog Days: Australia After the Boom, Forty Years of Reform and Development in China and Superpower: Australia’s low carbon opportunity.

Professor Garnaut has authored a number of influential reports to the Australian Government, including: Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendancy, 1989, The Review of Federal State Financial Relations2002 (with Vince Fitzgerald), The Garnaut Climate Change Review 2008, and The Garnaut Review 2011: Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change.

He has chaired the boards of major Australian and international companies since 1988. He is Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Economics Society, Distinguished Life Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and the Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Rod Sims, Chairman, Australian Consumer and Competition Commission

Rod Sims was appointed Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in August 2011 and is the longest serving Chair of the ACCC.

Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC, he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and a member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Rod was also a Director of Port Jackson Partners Limited, where he advised the CEOs and boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rod worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications. Between 1988 and 1990 Rod was the Economic Advisor to Australia’s Prime Minister.

Abigail Payne, Director Melbourne Institute and Professor of Economics

Professor Payne moved to Australia from North America where she previously held positions in Canada and the US. Professor Payne has a longstanding research interest in empirical public economics issues with a focus on how government policy affects spending and performance. Her work encompasses educational issues such as understanding successful transitions from high school to university, why there are gender gaps in STEM enrolments, and the role of scholarships on university participation. She also studies charitable giving, and how tax policy affects giving and the delivery of public services. 

Her scholarship demonstrates how best to use big data for economic research and the issues involved in accessing and using these data. She has initiated several key projects in Australia that relate to entrenched disadvantage, charitable giving, educational performance. Internationally she is a member of the Ifo Institute’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and a number of boards and co-editorships. She continues to collaborate with researchers around the world on economic and social issues.

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