Andrew Leigh MP: Speeches & Conversations
Launching John Quiggin’s ‘Economics in Two Lessons’ - Canberra

Launching John Quiggin’s ‘Economics in Two Lessons’ - Canberra

May 22, 2019

Launching John Quiggin's 'Economics in Two Lessons'. 

Because one-lesson economics only tells half the story.

For more information on John's book - Economics in Two Lessons - Why Markets Work So Well, and Why They Can Fail So Badly - click here.

Tax Pirates and Tax Fairness - Devpolicy Centre, Canberra, 12 April 2019

Tax Pirates and Tax Fairness - Devpolicy Centre, Canberra, 12 April 2019

April 18, 2019

Announcing Labor's Tax Inspectors without Borders policy, I spoke at the ANU Devpolicy Centre about how tax havens hurt other developing countries, and what we can do about it.

Labor’s Centrist Economic Agenda - Per Capita Reform Series, Melbourne, 11 April 2019

Labor’s Centrist Economic Agenda - Per Capita Reform Series, Melbourne, 11 April 2019

April 17, 2019

As a part of Per Capita's reform series, and on the first day of the federal Election campaign, I set out Labor's centrist economic agenda for fairness and opportunity.

Australia Fair - Rebecca Huntley in conversation with Andrew Leigh, 9 April 2019

Australia Fair - Rebecca Huntley in conversation with Andrew Leigh, 9 April 2019

April 12, 2019

As a part of the ANU 'Meet the Author' series, i was In Conversation with Rebecca Huntley about polling, focus groups and the character of Australian democracy.

Rebecca's Quarterly Essay, Australia Fair, is out now.

Judith Brett on Compulsory Voting and Other Australian Electoral Innovations - Canberra, 13 March

Judith Brett on Compulsory Voting and Other Australian Electoral Innovations - Canberra, 13 March

March 15, 2019

I spoke with award winning author Judith Brett as a part of ANU's In Conversation program. Judith's new book From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage, gives a landmark account of the character of Australian democracy. We spoke about the peculiarly Australian aspects of our democratic system and the effects our innovations have had on elections here and on voting practices around the world.

The heat is on: The Urgent Case For Action On Climate Change - ANU Climate Update, 8 February 2019, Canberra

The heat is on: The Urgent Case For Action On Climate Change - ANU Climate Update, 8 February 2019, Canberra

February 11, 2019

Reflecting on heat waves and high stakes, I set out the urgent climate challenge we all need to face up to. 

The full text of the speech is also available here.  

Building a better feedback loop: Labor to establish an Evaluator General - 13 November, Canberra

Building a better feedback loop: Labor to establish an Evaluator General - 13 November, Canberra

November 15, 2018

Building a better feedback loop: Labor to establish an Evaluator General

Increasingly, policymakers in other nations are testing programs through randomised trials, with the same kind of control group used to evaluate new pharmaceuticals in clinical drug trials.

When Australian policymakers develop programs in early childhood, health, crime and employment, we often look to those overseas randomised trials.

Keynote address to the Australia Indonesia Business Council Conference 2018 – 12 November 2018

Keynote address to the Australia Indonesia Business Council Conference 2018 – 12 November 2018

November 14, 2018

Presenting one of the keynote address to 2018 Conference of the Australia Indonesia Business Council, I recalled my childhood in Aceh and celebrated the connections Labor has been forging with this major trading partner and our region more broadly.

Competition policy and inequality: Building on Lionel Murphy’s legacy - Canberra, 31 October 2018

Competition policy and inequality: Building on Lionel Murphy’s legacy - Canberra, 31 October 2018

November 2, 2018

On 31 October, i presented the Lionel Murphy Lecture at the ANU, reflecting on Lionel Murphy's legacy and the challenge of framing competition laws that could help reduce inequality.

Australia has a competition problem: there is not enough of it. Our industries are concentrated. Our markets show signs of weak competition. 

There is a strong progressive case for repositioning how we think about competition. Focusing more on the competitive process, the structure of markets and the incentives those structures create for firms will play an important role in reducing inequality.

Why unions are vital to Advance Australia Fair - Melbourne, 2 October 2018

Why unions are vital to Advance Australia Fair - Melbourne, 2 October 2018

October 4, 2018

Why unions are vital to Advance Australia Fair - Melbourne, 2 October 2018