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The Policy Pitch


12 August 2020, 12:00pm1:00pm

State Library Victoria and Grattan Institute present Policy Pitch, a seminar series featuring a panel of experts and critical thinkers as they tackle some of the most important problems facing Australia.

Join our expert panel online as they discuss female workforce participation. What are the financial, cultural, and time barriers to greater female workforce participation? And what changes in workplaces, families, and government policies would help expand choices for Australian women?

We also want to hear from you — please join in by submitting your questions when registering.

Panel members

Miranda Stewart is Professor and Director of Tax at Melbourne University Law School and a Fellow at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI) at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. Miranda researches, teaches and consults on a wide range of tax law, policy and budget topics, including the gender equality impact of intersecting tax, transfer and childcare settings in Australia.

Danielle Wood is CEO of the Grattan Institute and head of our Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Programs. Danielle has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, generational inequality and reforming political institutions.

Emma Walsh is the CEO of Parents At Work, a social enterprise supporting both parents and organisations to better manage the challenges that employees face when juggling work and family life. Emma is an author, international speaker and passionate campaigner for improving parental leave and flexible work rights for working parents.


Paul Austin is the Editor at Grattan Institute. Paul 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.

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