Pushing Our Luck

Co-presented with Centre for Policy Development (CPD)

26 September, 2013

What are the ten big issues that will shape this country for the next ten years? Pushing Our Luck: Ideas for Australian Progress tackles these issues. From school education to cultural integration, climate responsibility to economic strategy and social welfare to fairer taxation, Pushing our Luck, puts policy into perspective. Dust off those weary post-election brains and join us for a conversation that just might revive your zest for political debate in this country!

CPD executive director and Pushing Our Luck editor, Miriam Lyons, joins Rebecca Huntley and contributing authors Geoff Gallop, Roy Green, Ian McAuley and Jane Caro for a vibrant discussion and debate.


Jane Caro

Jane Caro is a commentator on the media and advertising, a journalist, author and lecturer with 30 years experience in the advertising industry. She has co-authored two books, The Stupid Country: How Australia is Dismantling Public Education and The F Word: How we Learned to Swear by Feminism and makes frequent appearances on Q&A, Sunrise, ABC’s The Drum, SkyNews Late Agenda, Richard Glovers Political Forum, 10 News Soapbox and The Gruen Transfer. In addition to this, she is on the boards of Bell Shakespeare and the NSW Public Education Foundation.

Professor Geoff Gallop

Professor Geoff Gallop is the Director of the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney. From 1986 to 2006 he was a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. Professor Gallop was a Minister in the Lawrence Labor Government from 1990 to 1993, the Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 2001 and the Premier of Western Australia from 2001 to 2006. After retiring from politics he was appointed to his current position at the University for Sydney. He chairs the Australia Awards Board for the Commonwealth Government and from 2007 to 2011 was Deputy Chair of the COAG Reform Council. In 2008 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Professor Roy Green

Professor Roy Green is Dean of the UTS Business School at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has worked closely with universities, business and government over his career, and has taken part in the OECD’s National Innovation System Programme, EU’s FP7 and Ireland’s Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions. He has also chaired and participated in the Australian Government’s Innovative Regions Centre, CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council, NSW Manufacturing Council and ABS Innovation Reference Group. He is a frequent contributor toThe Conversation with a focus on management and workplace innovation, industry policy and trends in business education.

Rebecca Huntley

Rebecca Huntley is a researcher and author and one of Australia’s foremost commentators on social and consumer trends. She is the Executive Director of The Mind & Mood Report, now in its 35th year. She is the author of numerous books, a feature writer for Australian Vogue and a columnist for BRW. She is on the board of the Dusseldorp Skills Forum.

Ian McAuley

Ian McAuley is a CPD fellow and an adjunct lecturer in Public Sector Finance at the University of Canberra. His research interests are in public policy, with a specialisation in fiscal and economic policy. His academic qualifications are in engineering and business management from Adelaide University and in public administration from Harvard University. He is a regular contributor to New Matilda and Dissent. Ian is author or a co-author of a number of papers for the Centre for Policy Development, including ‘Reclaiming our Common Wealth: policies for a fair and sustainable future’ and ‘A Health Policy for Australia: reclaiming universal care’, ‘What Are We Complaining About? An Analysis of Cost of Living Pressures’ and ‘Private health insurance: High in cost and low in equity’.