[Watch Now] Video: Reconstructing Australia after COVID-19

By Amber Schultz

Wednesday September 16, 2020

Reporter Amber Schultz, and authors Emma Dawson, and Professor Janet McCalman, delved into their new book, and openly discuss – What Happens Next?

Will Australia tackle the twin crises of climate change and inequality as we emerge from this pandemic?

Book – What Happens Next?

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the global economy, a reset to serve the well-being of people and the planet was plainly needed.

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As Australia rebuilds, after the immediate health crisis has passed, it must be with the explicit purpose of constructing an economically and ecologically sustainable world After the Great Depression and the Second World War, economic thinking was transformed across the Anglosphere, with a determination to create a more equitable society and support every child, regardless of background, to achieve their full potential.

It’s time to tackle the twin crises of climate change and inequality.

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Featured Guests

Professor Janet McCalmanProfessor McCalman is known for her award-winning books, Struggletown, Journeyings and Sex and Suffering, all published by MUP. As a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, she has always been fascinated by the experience of historical cohorts and the interplay between private life and the public world of politics and policy. She has taught the ecological history of humanity and the history and politics of public health. Her research has included major cradle-to-grave studies of white settler poverty, Aboriginal Victorians, former Tasmanian convicts and the First AIF, the last two working with volunteer genealogists and retired health professionals. For seven years she wrote an opinion column for The Age.

Emma DawsonEmma is Executive Director of Per Capita. She has worked as a researcher at Monash University and the University of Melbourne; in policy and public affairs for SBS and Telstra; and as a senior policy adviser in the Rudd and Gillard Governments. Emma has published reports and articles on a wide range of public policy issues, and is a regular contributor to Guardian Australia, the Australian Financial Review, and various ABC Radio programs nationally. She is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

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