Australian Capital Territory


ESA (ACT): The election’s economic endgame


From: Thursday May 9, 2019, 6:00 pm

To: Thursday May 9, 2019, 8:00 pm

ESA (ACT): The election’s economic endgame  

As we approach the 2019 election, voters are inundated with news coverage of tax and spending announcements, but how do they know which party will produce the better economic outcomes for Australia?

Our moderator, ANZ Senior Economist and ACT ESA committee member Cherelle Murphy will quiz our expert analysts on which party’s policies will suit an economy with low inflation and wages growth and falling house prices. Which party’s policies will lift our long-term growth potential? And which party’s polices are fairer across the generations? What about across genders?

Join us to explore the economics of Election 2019.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday 9 May, 2019 (moved from 8 May)
Time: 6:00pm- 8:00pm
Location: The National Press Club, 16 National Cct Barton (moved from Commonwealth Club)
Cost: $0 members $25 non-members 

* Canapes and drinks will be served

Our expert panel:



David Alexander is the Managing Director (Federal) of Barton Deakin Government Relations. David was one of the most senior advisers to Peter Costello during his time as Treasurer of Australia. He was part of the Tax Reform Implementation Unit which oversaw the introduction of the GST, and worked for the Treasurer until the end of the Howard government in 2007. After leaving politics, David was the economics editor of the Canberra Times and later national director of industry policy for Master Builders Australia where he authored a report on housing infrastructure taxes. David is a keen writer on economic and policy matters, and has been published in the Financial Review, the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Daily Telegraph, as well as overseas publications the National Review (US) and Conservative Home (UK).

Simon Banks is one of Australia’s most highly respected government relations, campaigning and strategic communications professionals. Since 2007, Simon has advised some of Australia’s and the world’s largest companies on significant commercial transactions requiring Commonwealth Government approvalsFollowing the 2010 Federal election, Simon served as one of the four “wise elders” that helped the Government, Opposition and country Independent MPs agree on the historic parliamentary reforms which were central to the return of the Gillard Government. Prior to joining Hawker Britton, Simon served as Chief of Staff or Deputy Chief of Staff to three Federal Labor Leaders and has been Federal Labor’s director of policy and a senior policy and media adviser to a number of Labor ministers and shadow ministers. Over more than twenty years, Simon has worked closely with most of Federal Labor’s frontbench, Caucus and senior staff. Simon understands the corporate world, having worked in public affairs and strategic policy roles for Telstra and Toll Holdings and as a consultant. His understanding of the government relations strategy needs of business, public policy and politics in Australia is unrivalled in the Canberra lobbying market.


Ebony Bennett is the Deputy Director of Canberra-based think tank The Australia Institute and has worked in federal politics for more than a decade. Bennett has published research on gender and street harassment, climate change, energy and inequality and she regularly appears as a commentator on Sky News and as a contributor to the Guardian and Fairfax publications






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The National Press Club

16 National Cct, Barton ACT 2600

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