In conversation with Emma Dawson, Janet McCalman and Andrew Leigh


Emma Dawson, Janet McCalman and Andrew Leigh will be in conversation on What Happens Next? edited by Emma Dawson and Janet McCalman.

With essays from some of Australia's most respected academics and leading thinkers, What Happens Next? sets out a progressive, reforming agenda to tackle the twin crises of climate change and inequality. It provides a framework devoted to improving the lives of all Australians, and the sustainability of the world in which we live.

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the global economy, a reset to serve the wellbeing of people and the planet was plainly needed. 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. We must not waste this crisis because the stakes could not be higher. What happens next will determine our health and wellbeing for generations.

Emma Dawson is the executive director of Per Capita. Formerly she was a senior advisor on sustainability and inclusion at Telstra, executive director the Institute for a Broadbased Enabled Society, University of Melbourne, and a senior policy advisor in the Rudd Gillard governments. She is a regular contributor to Guardian Australia, Australian Financial Review and various ABC programs including The Drum
Professor Janet McCalman AC is the award-winning author of Struggletown, Journeyings, and Sex and Suffering. 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.
Dr Andrew Leigh MP is the Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Before being elected in 2010, he was a professor of economics at The Australian National University. His books include Battlers and Billionaires and The Luck of Politics and Randomistas.
Copies of What Happens Next? will be available for sale at Harry Hartog bookshop, ANU.

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