The Future of Federalism

An effective approach to federalism will be crucial to the Rudd Labor Government's agenda for health, education, the environment and many other policy areas.

Join the Evatt Foundation for a hot breakfast in the Terrace Rooms at this National Conference Fringe event, which brings together the Shadow Minister for Federal-State Relations and one of Australia's most distinguished economists and public intellectuals to discuss the issues and the way forward.

On federalism

You can read "The end of the public sector debate", by John Quiggin in The State of the States 2006. In the first of the special essays in the book, Professor Quiggin revisits the debate over the appropriate size of the public sector and canvasses the issues associated with the distribution of government responsibilities within the Australian federation, with a sweeping perspective and surprising conclusions.

About the book

Buy the book

About the speakers

Bob McMullan is the Shadow Minister for Federal-State Relations and International Development Assistance and the Deputy Manager of Opposition Business. Born in Perth, in 1975 he became the Labor Party's Western Australian State Secretary and in 1981 National Secretary, moving to Canberra, where he has lived ever since. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer 1990-93, Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services 1993-94, Minister for Administrative Services in 1994 and Minister for Trade 1994-96 in the government of Paul Keating. Following Labor's defeat in 1996, he served as Manager of Opposition Business, as Shadow Treasurer and as the Shadow Minister for Finance, Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs and Small Business. After the election of Kevin Rudd as Opposition Leader on 4 December 2006, Bob returned to the frontbench as Labor spokesperson on Federal-State Relations, the reform of which is one of Rudd's declared priorities.

John Quiggin is an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in Economics and Political Science at the University of Queensland, the author of over 750 research publications and a Fellow of the Australian Social Science Academy, the American Agricultural Economics Association, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. A frequent contributor to Australian public debate, for many years John has been a regular columnist for the Australian Financial Review.

Event time: 7.45 to 9 am, Breakfast Seminar, Saturday 28th April

Event location: Novotel on Darling Harbour

Event cost: $25/$15 (Evatt members & concession), includes full breakfast