Freedom to Choose 2021 - Conference Speakers

Triumphant or Misplaced Keynesianism: Australia’s Response to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-9 and the lessons for life after Covid

Gary Banks (AO)
Melbourne University

Gary Banks is a Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Institute. He holds degrees in economics from Monash University and the Australian National University. Gary is best known as Chairman of the Productivity Commission from its creation in 1998 until 2013, after which he was Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) until 2017.  Among other current roles, he chairs the Australian Statistics Advisory Council, is on the board of the Macquarie Group and is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Independent Studies. He recently stepped down as chair of the OECD’s Regulatory Policy Committee. Gary’s research has focused on institutional influences on policy and reform, on which he has published widely. He has advised governments in Australia and overseas. His contributions to public policy and regulatory reform have been recognised in the Economic Society’s inaugural Distinguished Public Policy Fellow Award and the Order of Australia.


William Coleman
Australian National University

William Coleman (BEc Hons Syd: PhD LSE) is a Reader at the School of Economics of the Australian National University, and has written extensively upon inflation, the history of economic thought, and the contested position of economics in society. He is currently the editor of Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform. He co-authored Giblin’s Platoon: The Trials and Triumph of the Economist in Australian Public Life, which won the Bruce McComish Prize for Economic History. His other books include Economics and Its Enemies, The Causes, Costs and Compensations of Inflation and The Political Economy of Wages and Unemployment. He recently edited Only in Australia: The History, Politics and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism and is currently researching a debunking history of Australia’s Federation episode.


Selwyn Cornish (AM)
Australian National University

Selwyn Cornish is an Honorary Associate Professor at Australian National University. His research focus is on the development and application of macroeconomics in the twentieth century and on biographical studies of economists. He has written on Keynes and Australia, and wrote the entry on Keynes for the Biographical Dictionary of British Economists (2004). His publications include Full Employment in Australia: the Genesis of a White Paper (1981); Roland Wilson: A Biographical Essay (2002); Giblin’s Platoon: The Trials and Triumph of the Economist in Australian Public Life with William Coleman and Alf Hagger (2006); Ardnt’s Story (2007); and the entry on ‘Australasian Economics’ in the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (2008). He was an Associate Editor of the Biographical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Economists (2007), and is currently writing the History of the Reserve Bank of Australia 1975–2000.


Anthony Endres
University of Auckland

Tony Endres is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Auckland. He is a specialist in the history of economic thought, Austrian economics, and the history and theory of international economic policy. In addition to publishing numerous books, such as Neoclassical Microeconomic Theory: The Founding Austrian Version (1997), International Organisations and the Analysis of Economic Policy 1919-1950 (2001) Great Architects of International Finance: The Bretton Woods Era (2004), and International Financial Integration: Competing Ideas and Policies in the Post-Bretton Woods Era (2010), he has published in a wide range of international journals, including the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and History of Political Economy.


Henry Ergas (AO)
The Australian

Henry Ergas is an economist and columnist for The Australian. He has held senior policy positions in a range of organisations, including the OECD, the Australian Trade Practice Commission and Deloitte. He was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong from 2009 to 2016 and has held appointments at the National University of Singapore, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Centre for Research in Network Economics and Communications at Auckland University, Monash University and the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2016 for distinguished service to infrastructure economics, higher education, and public policy development, and as a supporter of emerging artists.


Tony Makin
Griffith University

Tony Makin is Professor of Economics at Griffith University and has previously taught at the University of Queensland, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and in the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) program. His field of expertise is international macroeconomics and public finance and he has previously served as an economist with the International Monetary Fund and in the Australian federal departments of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Treasury and Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has also been Director of the APEC Study Centre at Griffith University, and Australian convener of the structural issues group of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).


David Uren
University of Sydney

David Uren is a non-resident fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He is a contributor to The Australian and the Australian Financial Review. During his career in journalism he was economics editor of The Australian for five years and editor of Business Review Weekly for nine years. David is the author of Takeover: Foreign Investment and the Australian Psyche, The Kingdom and the Quarry: China, Australia, Fear and Greed. Published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2010, David’s book Shitstorm: Inside Labor’s Darkest Days, written jointlywith Lenore Taylor, revealed the inside story of the Rudd government’s response to the Global Financial Crisis.