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Brotherhood Talks is a podcast by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, a community organisation working towards an Australia free of poverty. Listen to experts discuss a wide range of issues of key importance in overcoming the challenge of poverty and disadvantage in Australia.

Find us online at bsl.org.au/brotherhoodtalks and join the conversation on social at #BSLtalks.

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Brotherhood Talks is a podcast by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, a community organisation working towards an Australia free of poverty. Listen to experts discuss a wide range of issues of key importance in overcoming the challenge of poverty and disadvantage in Australia.

Find us online at bsl.org.au/brotherhoodtalks and join the conversation on social at #BSLtalks.

    Absolutely possible: how big problems have been solved around the world

    Absolutely possible: how big problems have been solved around the world

    Public policy specialist Andrew Wear argues we should be optimistic about resolving some of the toughest policy dilemmas in Australia and elsewhere.

    His new book is titled 'Solved! How other countries have cracked the world's biggest problems, and we can too.' He says it provides an evidence base to show change is 'absolutely possible'.

    Among the examples he highlights: Denmark is on track to attain 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030, Norway has achieved higher living standards with better wealth distribution, South Korea's health system and diet has led to higher life expectancy and the United Kingdom has slashed levels of violent crime.

    Andrew Wear is a senior public policy adviser in Victoria, and a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. His work is published in peer-reviewed journals as well as in The Mandarin and The Guardian.

    In this Brotherhood Talk, he speaks with Professor Shelley Mallett, head of the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre. This talk place took in February 2020.

    Duration: 50 minutes 31 seconds
    Published/Pocast: March 2020
    Production: Aysha Zackariya and Sharon Lee
    Music: Lee Rosevere

    • 50 min
    The Family Centre project: low income families in control

    The Family Centre project: low income families in control

    The Brotherhood of St Laurence historic Family Centre project sought to empower families experiencing hardship to improve their circumstances.

    Professor Hayden Raysmith AM and Dr Michael Liffman worked on this 1970s project. In this Brotherhood Talk, they reflect on the contemporary relevance of its multi-faceted approach, along with David Tennant, CEO of FamilyCare, which now services Shepparton in regional Victoria.

    Brotherhood Research and Policy Centre Director, Professor Shelley Mallet leads the discussion, which took place in October 2019, during Anti-Poverty Week. Toni Wren, Director of Anti-Poverty Week, opens with an overview of some of the latest research into community attitudes to poverty.

    Duration: 47 minutes, 6 seconds
    Published/podcast: March 2020
    Producers: Aysha Zackariya and Sharon Lee
    Music: Lee Rosevere

    Transcript: The Family Centre project (175KB PDF)

    From left: David Tennant, Toni Wren, Prof Hayden Raysmith and Dr Michael Liffman

    • 47 min
    A lasting impact: child poverty reforms in New Zealand

    A lasting impact: child poverty reforms in New Zealand

    In New Zealand, major reforms brought in by Jacinda Ardern's government aim to lower the number of children who live in poverty.

    The reforms include the Child Poverty Reduction Act, the introduction of a well-being budget framework and social security reforms.

    NZ expert Dr Michael Fletcher says these measures are an 'excellent advance', and while there are no guarantees, are 'likely to lead to lasting change'. He's a senior researcher with the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and gives a detailed overview and analysis in this Brotherhood Talk.

    Professor Shelley Mallet, head of the Brotherhood's Research and Policy Centre, then leads a panel discussion with Dr Fletcher about the reforms, and how they relate to child poverty policies in Australia.

    The panellists are:

    • Professor Cindy Kiro, pro vice-chancellor, Maori, Auckland University; chair of a key New Zealand Government expert advisory group and former NZ Children's Commissioner
    • Brian Howe, former Australian Deputy Prime Minister, and
    • Andi Sebastian, Council for Single Mothers and their Children policy and advocacy coordinator.

    This talk took place to mark Anti-Poverty Week in October 2019.

    Duration: One hour and three minutes
    Published/podcast: February 2020
    Producers: Aysha Zackariya and Sharon Lee
    Music: Lee Rosevere

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Towards a just future: Reimagining social and economic policy for our insecure times

    Towards a just future: Reimagining social and economic policy for our insecure times

    Former Federal Minister Jenny Macklin has been at the front line of social policy debates for more than three decades. She presented our 2019 Sambell Oration.

    Ms Macklin argues we must find a path to a just and sustainable future for all. Brotherhood Executive Director Conny Lenneberg responds to the wide-ranging social and economic policy matters raised in the oration, and outlines the Brotherhood's approach to addressing them.

    During a 23-year career as a federal MP, Jenny Macklin served as Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform. She was a key architect of the National Disability Insurance Scheme - one of the most significant social policy reforms Australia has seen in the modern era. As a cabinet minister, her achievements included helping deliver Australia's historic Apology to the Stolen Generations. Now, she is a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

    The oration was presented on 21 November 2019. The Brotherhood Talks podcast is an initiative of the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre.

    Transcript: Towards a just future: Reimagining social and economic policy (161KB PDF)

    Duration: 43 minutes, 58 seconds
    Published/podcast: January 2020
    Producers: Aysha Zackariya and Sharon Lee
    Music: Lee Rosevere

    • 43 min
    The gap: why Australian women earn millions less

    The gap: why Australian women earn millions less

    There's a vast gap between the projected lifetime earnings of the average Australian man with kids, compared with the projected earnings of the average Australian woman with kids. The gap is about two million dollars.

    That's according to Danielle Wood, budget policy and institutional reform program director with the Grattan Institute, specialising in tax, budget and competition policy, integrity reforms and inequality.
    In this Brotherhood Talk, she looks at the main factors that contribute to women's economic disadvantage, considering earnings across the course of their lives.
    Download Danielle's slide presentation (782KB PDF).

    Economic sociologist Dr Dina Bowman argues many of those factors have persisted over the decades. She is principal fellow in work and economic security with the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre, and honorary principal fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Brotherhood executive director Conny Lenneberg opens the discussion.
    This public talk was hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre on 12 September 2019.

    Transcript: The gap: Why Australian women earn millions less (267kb PDF)

    Duration: 49 minutes, 43 seconds
    Published/podcast: November 2019
    Producers: Aysha Zackariya and Sharon Lee
    Music: Lee Rosevere

    • 49 min
    The Productivity Commission: A key voice on policy reform

    The Productivity Commission: A key voice on policy reform

    As Australia's public sector outsources more and more of its thinking on public service reform, the Productivity Commission has become an increasingly important, independent voice.

    In this Brotherhood Talk, we examine the role of a major Australian institution. The Productivity Commission has provided independent advice to governments on economic, social and environmental matters, while maintaining a focus on advancing the interests of the community at large, since it was set up in 1998.

    Peter Harris AO served as Commission chair for five years to 2018. He says it is a measure of the Commission's value that many countries are very interested to copy it.

    He's in conversation here with Alison McClelland AM, a former commissioner, as well as a life member of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
    This public talk was hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre on 8 August 2019.

    Links

    Read more about the report Peter Harris discusses, Shifting the Dial: 5 year productivity review - Inquiry report


    Read more about the book Alison McClellan refers to, Revisiting Henderson: Poverty, social security and basic income

    Duration: 49 minutes, 51 seconds
    Published/podcast: November 2019
    Producers: Aysha Zackariya and Sharon Lee
    Music: Lee Rosevere

    Transcript: The Productivity Commission: A key voice on policy reform (185kb PDF)

    • 49 min

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