[Watch Now] Mandarin Talks: Budget 2021 – an Australian public sector review

By Chris Johnson

Tuesday May 4, 2021

Mandarin Talks May 2021

1pm AEST. 13 May 2021.

The purpose of the federal budget last October, was to primarily support Australia through the first pandemic in nearly 100 years, and the first recession in 30 years.

With Australia’s economy growing again, and nearly a trillion dollar deficit, what will this year’s budget reveal for the public sector?

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Watch The Mandarin‘s Chris Johnson, former NSW parliamentary budget officer Stephen Bartos, Australian Economist and CEO of Lateral Economics Nicholas Gruen and Senior Economist at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia Gabriela D’Souza, as they delve into the 2021 Budget, and discuss the key insights and implications for the public service.

Will any major policy setting be impacted as a result of this budget? Who are the public sector winners and losers? Will the general revenue assistance to the states and territories and local governments be increased again?

Watch the full conversation below:


Gabriela D’Souza — Gabriela is a senior economist at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, and an adjunct researcher at the the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University. Her research interests include immigration and the labour market, particularly areas of skills mismatch among migrants, and human capital accumulation. She is an appointed member of the board of the International Education Association of Australia, and the current President of the Young Economists Network (Victoria branch).

Stephen BartosStephen Bartos is an expert in public sector governance, finance,strategy and risk. He is author of two books Against the Grain – The AWB Scandal and Why it Happened (UNSW Press, 2006) and the reference manual Public Sector Governance – Australia (CCH, 2004). He has written numerous refereed articles in scholarly journals and regular comment pieces on governance, fiscal policy and financial management. Stephen has been NSW Parliamentary Budget Officer, Executive Director of a leading consulting firm, and before that Professor of Governance and Director of the National Institute of Governance at the University of Canberra.

Nicholas GruenDescribed by the Financial Times’ Chief Economic Writer Martin Wolf as “a brilliant man who deserves to be better known”, and by former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner as “Australia’s foremost public intellectual”, Dr Nicholas Gruen is a policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on our economy, society and innovation.

Chris Johnson — Chris is the managing editor of The Mandarin, and is based in Canberra. A longtime member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery, Chris was the Canberra bureau chief for Fairfax Media and has covered federal politics and foreign affairs for the SMH, Age, Canberra Times, and West Australian newspapers.

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