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WEN Panel Discussion - Covid, care and wellbeing: what do we really value?

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put the brakes on Australia's paid market economy, our unpaid non-market economy – the cooking, cleaning and caring taking place within Australians' households – is still going strong.  Furthermore, the factors that truly matter for wellbeing have come into sharper focus as the crisis unfolds. To a large extent, it's women who are performing the essential frontline jobs and the unpaid caring roles that are keeping society functioning during this time.

Our panel explored how economists think about wellbeing. Should we place a higher value on the care work and the non-market activities that are essential for a well-functioning society? If yes, how this might be practically achieved? And, if the COVID crisis doesn't prompt a reassessment of the value of care and the contribution of women's work, what will?

Panellists Catherine Fox (journalist and author), Dr Suzy Morrissey (University of Auckland), Emma Dawson (Per Capita), and Associate Professor Julie Smith (ANU),  moderated by WEN National Chair Dr Leonora Risse (RMIT University and Harvard Kennedy School).

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COVID19 and the Australian Labour Market and Taxation System

Restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to affect Australian workers at levels not seen since the early 1990s.  What are likely to be the impacts of the current economic crisis on different segments of the Australia labour market? What structural labour market issues are likely to emerge? And what are the implications for economic recovery and the taxation system? Listen as Professor Jeff Borland (University of Melbourne) and Professor Robert Breunig (ANU)  discuss these issues and more during this ESA National Webinar.

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The Fiscal Response to COVID19 Panel Discussion

Shane Wright (Age/SMH) will lead a panel of academic and policy experts in analysing the fiscal response to the COVID crisis by Australian governments. Have governments done enough to respond to the economic fallout from the crisis? Where to from here? And how will we pay for it?

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