I spoke today at the Melbourne Institute’s conference on the topic of labour supply and labour shortages. For anyone who’s interested, here’s my powerpoint. I shared the stage with Judith Sloan, Jeff Lawrence, Heather Ridout and Guyonne Kalb, which made for a fun panel.
Incidentally, the lunchtime speaker was Brendan Nelson, whose introduction (presumably drafted by his office) referred to his various achievements in particular portfolios. The one that caught my attention was that getting the defence budget increased was touted asÂ one of theÂ successes of his time as defence minister. I couldn’t help wondering whether he would have made the same claim if he had been social security minister.