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Politics in the Pub: Australia's Economic Future

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POLITICS IN THE PUB: AUSTRALIA'S ECONOMIC FUTURE

What does Australia’s economic future look like? Who are the winners and losers? What needs to change to build genuine global economic growth? How can we ensure that this growth benefits everyone?

Join two of Labor's foremost economic thinkers over drinks as they discuss the big picture questions of the Australian economy. We'll be hearing from both Andrew Barr (Australia's longest serving Treasurer) and Chris Bowen (Federal Shadow Treasurer and former Treasurer) about the economic and fiscal scenario we face as a nation and the ways that modern, responsible government at both a federal and state level should plan for change.

We'll be hearing short speeches from both Andrew and Chris before opening the floor to questions. Please register via Eventbrite to reserve your spot.

ABOUT ANDREW BARR:

Andrew Barr is a proud Canberran, social progressive, economic reformer, sports lover and the current Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). When he is not busy being Chief Minister, Andrew enjoys watching any of Canberra’s sporting teams including the Brumbies, the Capitals and the Raiders. He is a self-described Hawthorn FC tragic and enjoys watching the Hawks when he can find the time.

Andrew has lived in 15 suburbs throughout Canberra over 39 years including Macgregor, Flynn, Kambah, Torrens, Stirling, Chapman, Hawker, Fraser, Florey, Campbell, O’Connor, Pearce, Barton and Braddon. He currently lives with his partner Anthony in Dickson.

Born in Lismore New South Wales and raised in Canberra, Andrew attended numerous schools throughout the capital including Holt Preschool, the Association of Modern Education (AME) School, Turner Primary School, Lyneham High School and Lake Ginninderra College.

After high school, Andrew enrolled at the Australian National University (ANU), graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies), having studied political science, economics and economic history. While at university Andrew was active in student politics, working as the ANU student treasurer.

Upon graduation from ANU, Andrew worked for Federal parliamentarian Annette Ellis and later future Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, before moving to the private sector to work for former media company Rehame. He started as a humble Canberra account manager in February 2000 looking after public service departments, Canberra Airport and some NGOs.


ABOUT CHRIS BOWEN:

Chris Bowen entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios including serving as Treasurer, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Immigration, Minister for Financial Services, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Competition Policy, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Tertiary Education. Chris has been responsible for a range of significant policy reform programs in these portfolios.

He served as Interim Leader of the Labor Party and Acting Leader of the Opposition following the 2013 Federal election and has been Shadow Treasurer since 2013.

Chris is served on Fairfield Council for nine years is a former Mayor and President of the Western Sydney Councils (WSROC).

He has a Bachelor of Economics degree, a Masters Degree in International Relations and is the final stages of completing a Diploma in Modern Languages (Bahasa Indonesia).

He lives in Smithfield with his wife (Rebecca) , two children (Grace and Max) and Ollie the Labrador.

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