with Richard Denniss, Cameron Murray and Marian Wilkinson / Chaired by Michael West
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Does Australia have a problem with rent-seekers, well-connected insiders who have their snouts firmly in the public trough, enriching themselves and their mates at the expense of the rest of us? Why is it that the majority of our Rich-Listers accrued their wealth from favourable treatment in heavily regulated industries? The Australia Institute’s Chief Economist Richard Denniss, co-author of Games of Mates (with Paul Frijters), Cameron Murray and Marian Wilkinson (The Carbon Club) examine the cosy club of political insiders and this particularly Australian way to make money.
Richard Denniss is Chief Economist at the Australia Institute. He writes regularly for publications including The Monthly, The Canberra Times and Australian Financial Review. His books include Curing Affluenza, Econobabble and (as co-author) Affluenza.
Cameron Murray is a research fellow in the Henry Halloran Trust at the University of Sydney. He specialises in property markets, resource and environmental economics, and corruption. He is the author of Game of Mates: How Favours Bleed the Nation.
Marian Wilkinson is regarded as one of the most distinguished journalists in Australia. A member of the Australian Media Hall of Fame, Marian was a pioneer in the resurgence of Australian investigative journalism and has worked as a senior reporter for organisations including TheSydney Morning Herald and Four Corners. She was a co-author with David Marr of Dark Victory and the author of The Fixer: The Untold Story of Graham Richardson. Her most recent book is The Carbon Club.
Michael West spent two decades working as a journalist, stockbroker, editor and finance commentator before striking out on his own in July 2016. After eight years as a commentator with The Australian and another eight years with the Sydney Morning Herald as a journalist and editor, Michael founded website michaelwest.com.au to focus on journalism of high public interest. Michael is a Walkley award-winner and Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney’s School of Social and Political Sciences.