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The Crucial Policy Role of National Governments

Saturday 22 February 2020 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Level 2, Pioneer House
The University of Notre Dame, Sydney

128-140 Broadway, Chippendale, NSW 2007

A Just Transition

Join us for a presentation by Dr James Juniper who will explain, from a Modern Monetary Theory perspective, the crucial policy role of national governments. The presentation will address the following questions:

What is Modern Monetary Theory?
Why do we need deficit spending?
What is the difference between sovereign and non-sovereign governments
and why does it matter?
Why do we need a Job Guarantee?
Why do we need to balance the economy, not the budget?


Dr Juniper will discuss the real world effects of our successive governments’ obsession with achieving budget surpluses. From the GFC, to the current climate emergency, the impact of the ‘deficits are bad/surpluses are good’ narrative, which underpins the prevailing neoliberal mainstream economic thinking, will be clearly shown. Attendees will learn about the policy potential of a monetarily sovereign government, such as the Australian federal government, and the implications this has for achieving social, environmental and economic justice.

James Juniper is an Associate at the Centre of Full Employment and Equity, a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle and supervisor to 6 PhD students.

A Just Transition

Previous forums

A Just Transition Framework for the Future

November 2019

Modern Money Australia (NSW) was honoured to have Professor Bill Mitchell, from the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE) at the University of Newcastle and one of the founders of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) as our guest speaker. Bill spoke about the need for a Just Transition Framework for the Future, as a vehicle for dealing with the massive socio-economic transformations that will be needed if our societies are to effectively deal with the problem of anthropomorphically-induced climate change.

Health for all: MMT and healthy public policy

October 2019

Health for All was our presentation on Saturday 26 October. Our guest speakers were Dr Geoff McDonnell and Associate Professor Kenny Lawson, both with distinguished careers in Public Health, who discussed the public health consequences of the prevailing neoliberal political economy and the impact that a shift to an MMT-informed progressive public policy agenda would have for our health and wellbeing.

The video of the presentation will be available soon.

Challenging the Dominance of Monetary Policy: An MMT Perspective

September 2019

    Modern Money Australia (NSW) hosted Dr Martin Watts for its September 2019 forum. Dr Watts is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Newcastle and a research associate at the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE).

    The video of the presentation will be available soon

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