Edited by Emma Dawson and Janet McCalman

Melbourne University Publishing

In the wake of a global pandemic, Australia’s most respected experts chart the way forward.

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the global economy, a reset to serve the wellbeing of people and the planet was plainly needed. As Australia rebuilds, after the immediate health crisis has passed, it must be with the explicit purpose of constructing an economically and ecologically sustainable world. After the Great Depression and the Second World War, economic thinking was transformed across the Anglosphere, with a determination to create a more equitable society and support every child, regardless of background, to achieve their full potential. Australia’s leaders reshaped our economy through a determined and coordinated program of post-war reconstruction. Their reforms set us up for decades of prosperity and the creation of perhaps the most prosperous and stable society on earth. With contributions from some of Australia’s most respected academics and leading thinkers, What Happens Next? sets out a progressive, reforming agenda to tackle the twin crises of climate change and inequality. It provides a framework through which our collective effort can be devoted to improving the lives of all Australians, and the sustainability of the world in which we live.

Contributors include: Emma Dawson; Professor Janet McCalman AC FASSA; The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP; Thomas Mayor; Dr Liz Allen; Professor Clinton Fernandes; Dr Shireen Morris; Osmond Chiu; Michele O’Neil; Professor Fiona Stanley AC FAA FASSA; Professor Mike Daube AO; and Dr Jim Chalmers.

About the Editors

Emma Dawson is the Executive Director of Per Capita, an independent progressive think tank focused on inequality, and has previously worked as a senior advisor on Digital Inclusion at Telstra, Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne, and a senior policy advisor in the Rudd and Gillard governments. Emma holds a BA(Hons) from LaTrobe University and an MA from Monash, and is a a regular panellist on The Drum on ABC TV and various Sky News programs. She sits on the board of the Prader-Willi Research Foundation Australia and is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Janet McCalman AC FAHA FASSA is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne and an award winning author and historian. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (elected in 2005) and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2018 she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service as a leading academic, researcher and author, as a contributor to multi-disciplinary curriculum development, and through the promotion of history to the wider community.

The book was launched on 29 September 2020 by the Hon Anthony Albanese MP and can be purchased from Melbourne University Publishing (link here).