2019 promises to offer an exciting and stimulating line up of events at the Newcastle Institute. 

March 13: 
Ever wondered why the people of the Nordic countries consistently score higher on happiness surveys? Yet their taxes are higher?
Andrew Scott is an expert on public policy in Scandinavia and the  Nordic countries. He is Professor of Politics and Policy at Deakin University in Victoria and will speak with us about the policy successes in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland and the lessons for Australia. Reduction of wealth and income inequalities, reduction in child poverty, public education, family friendly workplace arrangements, paid parental leave, support for older workers and management of natural resource wealth are some of the issues Andrew will address.
April 10:
Confronting photos of thousands of dead fish in the Darling River have raised our awareness of the  need for healthy rivers and a sustainable water management policy framework.What is happening? Why?   What should we be doing?
Lin Crase, Professor of Economics at the University of South Australia will speak with us about the history, economics and politics of water, especially in the Murray Darling Basin. Lin is considered one of the world experts on water and has worked on projects in SE Asia, Japan and Europe as well as here in Australia.
May 8:
Nobel Prize winner for medicine, Professor Peter Doherty is one of Australia’s National Living Treasures.
His face is on a postage stamp, he has a street named after him and has two buildings, (in Melbourne and Edinburgh) named after him. Come and meet Peter and hear about his latest thinking in relation to health and medicine.
June 12:
Do we need a new approach to crime and punishment?
Tania Soudin, Professor and Dean of Law at University of Newcastle, will, with her colleagues and a local representative from NSW Police, present some possible solutions. Restorative Justice, a system of criminal justice which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large, is a hot topic. Come and join the discussion and be part of the solution.

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2018 Program

Month Topic Speakers
March            14 Rent-seeking, the ‘game of mates’, and the stuff-ups of economic reform Ross Gittins, Fairfax columnist, educator
April 11 Newcastle/Hunter economic futures—

Challenges & opportunities

Emeritus Professor Roy Green, Port of Newcastle Chairman & former Dean, UTS Business School
May 9 Women and Power—Issues & strategies Rosemarie Milsom, Director, Newcastle Writers Festival

Emma White, Community & Public Sector Union

Fiona Black, AWE/Newcastle Women’s Alliance

Other speakers to be announced

June 13 Urban planning in the Hunter—Where are we now, where do we need to go, and how will we get there? See panel members here; submit an online question
July 11 What needs to be done in Australian education?

Lessons from the Hunter Valley

Jo Gray, Principal, Hunter School of the Performing Arts.

Tracey Breese, Principal, Kurri Kurri High School.

Paul Tracey former Principal, Wallsend Campus, Callaghan College

Dr John Fischetti, Professor of Education, UoN

August 8 Building affordable, comfortable, energy-efficient homes— Opportunities & challenges Dr Stephen White, CSIRO’s Energy Efficiency Research Gavin Gilchrist, former MD Big Switch Projects                                                                            
September 12 Inaugural Margaret Henry Lecture Marcus Westbury
October 10 Speaking for the Region Speakers to be announced
November 7 Reflections on the US mid-term Congressional elections Professor Michael Ondaatje, Head, School of Arts, Australian Catholic University