2016 Budget expert list

Griffith has a range of experts available to provide analysis and commentary on the 2016 Federal Election.

Arts

Professor Scott Harrison is the Director, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Professor Harrison can discuss funding for the Arts.

Media contact: Lauren Marino, 0418 799 544, [email protected]

Defence and regional security

Professor Andrew O’Neil is Professor of Political Science and Head of the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University. Prior to 2000, he worked with Australia’s Department of Defence. Professor O’Neil’s expertise includes;

  • Australian foreign and defence policy
  • International terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Security in the Asia Pacific region

Media contact: Stephen O’Grady, 0408 727 706, [email protected]

Economics

Professor Tony Makin has research expertise including;

  • International macroeconomics,
  • international finance
  • Asia-Pacific economies,
  • Monetary and fiscal policy

Professor Fabrizio Carmignani has expertise in areas including

  • Economic growth and macroeconomics
  • The macroeconomics of natural resource abundance

Education

Professor Donna Pendergast is Dean and Head of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Teacher education
  • Numeracy and literacy
  • Middle Schooling and Primary school education

Media contact: Deborah Marshall, 0413 156 601, [email protected]

Professor Glenn Finger is with the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University.Glenn can discuss:

  • Technologies in education and learning
  • Preservice teacher education and continuing professional development of teachers in using ICT

Media contact: Deborah Marshall, 0413 156 601, [email protected]

Environment

Professor Brendan Mackey

  • The interactions between climate change, biodiversity and land use
  • The role of science in policy formulation of environmental regulatory frameworks
  • The nexus between climate change responses and sustainable development

Media contact: Melinda Rogers, 0478 494 898  [email protected]

Foreign policy, refugees

Media contact: Stephen O’Grady, 0408 727 706, [email protected]

Health

  • Professor Harry McConnell (Menzies Health Institute Queensland) can speak on funding needs for mental health and disability.
  • Professor Lesley Chenoweth AO (Menzies Health Institute Queensland) can talk on the implications of the upcoming National Disability Insurance Scheme; a second area would be higher education for low SES students. i.e widening participation in higher education.
  • Professor Wendy Moyle (Menzies Health Institute Queensland) can comment on health and ageing, care and security for older people.

Media contact: Louise Durack, 0419 649 516, [email protected]

Housing

Professor Paul Burton – is Director of the Griffith University’s Urban Research Program. His expertise includes;

  • Housing affordability
  • Urban agriculture and food security,
  • patterns of urban development and planning.

Media contact: Melinda Rogers, 0478 494 898  [email protected]

Productivity; Employment; Union influence

Media contact: Stephen O’Grady, 0408 727 706, [email protected]

Superannuation, negative gearing, taxation

Media contact: Stephen O’Grady, 0408 727 706, [email protected]

Tourism

Professor Susanne Becken – Government investment in tourism; Tourism policy analysis

Media contact: Stephen O’Grady, 0408 727 706, [email protected]

Transport

Associate Professor Matthew Burke is with Griffith’s Urban Research Program. His areas of expertise include:

  • Travel behaviour studies, including evaluations of behaviour change interventions
  • Transport policy, land use planning, urban studies

Media contact: Melinda Rogers, 0478 494 898  meli[email protected]