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Hear from top policy experts and decision-makers leading the planning for Victoria’s recovery from COVID-19.

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The COVID-19 crisis has left us in a climate of continuous uncertainty. As Melbourne endures its second lockdown and as the country tries to establish a new normal, what are the key issues we need to focus on for our recovery?

In our weekly online talk series, 6 weeks, 6 issues, the Library invites top policy experts and decision-makers leading the planning for Victoria’s recovery to speak about the big issues we face as we move forward to a hopeful future.

Plus, ask the questions that matter to you. Submit your questions prior to each event and get direct access to experts leading key policy areas in health, education, work and the economy, in our live audience Q&A.

Join State Library CEO Kate Torney as event moderator every Friday at 11am for thought-provoking and informative talks on these critical topics:

The future of the economy – 7 August

The future of schools – 14 August

The future of Melbourne – 21 August

The future of the economy

The economic consequences of COVID-19 have been acute. Federal and State governments have responded with interim support measures, such as JobKeeper and JobSeeker, to prevent a catastrophic economic collapse. Rapidly deployed stimulus programs have been the focus of much debate, but what will direct our medium and long-term trajectory out of the pandemic? With Australia now in its deepest recession since the second world war, how do we begin a sustainable economic recovery and what will our economy look like on the other side?

Join host and State Library CEO Kate Torney with Michael Brennan (Chair of the Productivity Commission) as they take your questions on the future of the economy.

About Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan is Chair of the Productivity Commission. Previously Michael was Deputy Secretary, Fiscal Group, in the Federal Treasury, and prior to that Deputy Secretary, Economic in the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. Michael has worked as an Associate Director in the economics and policy practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as a senior adviser to Treasurers and Ministers for Finance at the State and Federal level. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from ANU. In addition to his role of Chair, Michael is currently working on the Expenditure on Children in the Northern Territory study. ​

About Kate Torney

Kate Torney has been CEO at State Library Victoria since 2015. Prior to this, she spent six years as the Director of News at ABC, capping off a 20-year career there. A testament to her passion for creativity and knowledge, Kate is the Chair of National and State Libraries Australia, and serves on the boards of Circus Oz, The Conversation and the Judith Neilson Institute of Journalism and Ideas. In 2020, she was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to broadcast media and to the cultural sector.

Join the conversation each week by following this link and submitting questions for our panellists.

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter by tagging @Library_Vic and using the hashtag #6weeks6issues.

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