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Building a more competitive economy: What Australia can learn from other countries

Date: Wednesday 24 June 2020

Time: 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Where: Virtual - via webinar

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In the months and years ahead, as Australia seeks to re-build its economy after COVID-19, Australia can take inspiration from a range of other countries around the world – many of whom have been achieving outcomes that far surpass ours.

Traditionally Australia has looked to the United States and United Kingdom, but there are good reasons to look also to our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific and to progressive Europe. In a globalised world, Australia is not tied culturally or economically to our historical allies in the same way we once were, and can look further afield for policy solutions.

Germany is proving that it is possible to have a thriving manufacturing sector in a high-tax, high-cost and highly regulated economy. Denmark will reach 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2030. Singaporean students beat out almost all others in maths and reading. South Koreans will soon live longer than anyone else on Earth. Boston, global epicentre of biotech, has the most innovative square mile on the planet.

Solutions exist – we just need to know where to find them, and they are not always where we are accustomed to looking. Understanding how other countries around the world are working to crack the big problems helps illuminate the sort of action required to make a difference.


Andrew Wear

Director Economic Development, City of Melbourne

Andrew Wear was until recently a senior Victorian public servant and is now Director Economic Development at the City of Melbourne. He has degrees in politics, law, economics and public policy, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. His first book, Solved! How other countries have cracked the world’s biggest problems and we can too was published by Black Inc in March.

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