About the event

The late Ted Evans, like many of his generation, understood innately that economic policy-making affects people’s lives in more fundamental ways than numbers can ever capture. As Australia looks to rebuild after the health and economic devastation associated with the COVID pandemic, Martin Parkinson will explore some of the challenges and opportunities the nation will need to navigate.

Dr Martin Parkinson

Join the latest instalment in the Ted Evans Public Lecture Series as Martin Parkinson discusses:

  • the fiscal outlook
  • the need for structural reform
  • the importance of a bipartisan approach to climate policy, and
  • the need for economists to become contributors to emerging thinking on geo-strategic issues.

This event will be held online.


About the presenter

As the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and The Treasury, Martin was Australia’s most senior public servant. During his tenure at PM&C and as Secretary to the Treasury between 2011 and 2019, Martin led our key public sector organisations during a period of considerable political uncertainty, serving under five prime ministers during this time.

Martin is currently Chancellor of Macquarie University, and non-executive director of Worley, North Queensland Airports, Champions of Change Coalition and O’Connell Street Associates.

About Ted Evans Public Lecture

The Economic Society of Australia (Qld) in conjunction with the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University has established an annual Ted Evans Public Policy lecture, with The inaugural lecture in 2017 delivered by Ted Evans, AC, former Secretary to the Treasury from 1993 to 2001 and Chair of Westpac from 2007 to 2011.

Ted Evans, who passed away in April this year, was one of Australia’s greatest public servants, and this named lecture is a recognition of his significant contributions to the development and implementation of effective economic policy. 

The annual Ted Evans Public Policy Lecture is a partnership between ESA Qld, UQ, QUT and Griffith University.