The Policy Pitch

Bookings required

22 May 2019, 6:00pm7:15pm
Bookings through Grattan Institute
Location Village Roadshow Theatrette
via Entry 3, La Trobe Street
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Age war? Talking about the generational bargain – Melbourne

The 2019 election has been branded the ‘generational election’. Beyond the hyperbole about an ‘age war’, there are serious questions about the economic future of today’s young Australians.

Over the past 20 years, older people have captured most of the growth in Australia’s wealth. Wealth and incomes for young people have stagnated and home ownership has fallen rapidly. But hasn’t buying a house always been hard? And aren’t young people enjoying a lifestyle their grandparents could only have dreamed of?

Much of the debate has centered on the generosity of tax concessions for older people. Do tax policies need to change to make the budget sustainable? Is change fair given older Australians paid taxes throughout their working years and planned their retirement based on the current policies? In this Policy Pitch event at State Library Victoria, Danielle Wood (Grattan Institute), Stephen Koukoulas (Market Economics) and Sonia Arakkal (Think Forward) will debate the contentious issue of intergenerational inequality, and identify what if anything we should do about it.


Sonia Arakkal is a co-founder of Think Forward, a lobby group for young Australians, who want to see issues of intergenerational fairness front and center of Australian federal politics.

Danielle Wood, is a Program Director at the Grattan Institute. Her research and advocacy efforts focus on tax and budget policy, intergenerational inequality and institutional reform.

Stephen Koukoulas is Managing Director of Market Economics, a firm focused on independent macroeconomic analysis. Stephen has had 30 years as an economist in government, banking, financial markets and policy formulation.


Paul Austin Editor at Grattan, worked for many years as a journalist and editor at Fairfax and News Corporation. He reported from the Canberra and Spring Street press galleries, and was at various times Deputy Editor and Opinion Editor of both The Age and The Australian newspapers.  

About the Policy Pitch

In this engaging seminar series a panel of experts and thinkers tackle some of the most important problems facing Australia, from cultural hot-button topics to pressing social concerns. Join us each month for lively, intelligent and thoughtful debate on subjects that impact us all.

The Policy Pitch is a joint initiative of State Library Victoria and Grattan Institute, an independent think tank dedicated to developing high-quality public policy for Australia’s future.


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