In December, 2011, the inaugural Deakin Policy Forum looked at the state of economic policy debate in Australia.
Convenor of the Forum and the University's new Research Professor of Public Policy, Professor Michael Porter, said current economic policy debate was dominated by Ministerial grabs and set piece talks, rather than open and research–backed discussion and independent perspectives.
"This forum, which is part of the University's Alfred Deakin Research Institute, and the sequence of discussions which follow will change that," he said.
"We are seeking the engagement of the media, academia and interested parties in assessing and responding to one of the most unusual political, economic, and international settings in many decades.
"We want to fill what we see as gaps in the policy debate – build a new bridge in the market for policy ideas."
The inaugural forum featured leading international economists and columnists in The Australian, Professors Judith Sloan and Henry Ergas.