The politics of industry policy

Monday 23 November 2015

A low angle photograph of Swinburne University of Technology signage on the Advanced Technologies Centre building in Hawthorn.

In summary

  • Former political leaders will come together at Swinburne University of Technology to discuss how decisions are made about industry policy
  • A candid discussion will take place, which will be attended by former political leaders including the Honourable Ted Baillieu
  • This event recognises the official launch of the Centre fro Transformative Innovation 

Eminent former political leaders will come together at Swinburne University of Technology to discuss how decisions are made about industry policy and the major forces that constrain politicians’ ability to transform Australian industry.

A candid discussion will be held between The Honourable Ted Baillieu - former Premier of Victoria, Dr Martin Parkinson - former Secretary of the Department of the Treasury, Mr David White - former Victorian Minister for Industry, Technology and Resources; and The Honourable Dr Craig Emerson - former Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.

“There is considerable international evidence on how to grow innovative industries, yet Australian governments have not chosen these options. Instead they have opted for small programs and short-term policies that have arguably had limited impact on the economy,” the Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation, Professor Beth Webster said.

Swinburne has recognised this gap in policy and has taken the initiative to create the Centre for Transformative Innovation. This Centre comprises a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from economics, sociology, law, accounting and the sciences. It aims to throw a spotlight on major problems and solutions on our innovation dilemma.

The Centre will be formally launched on 25 November.

“Our research seeks to understand what business, governments, universities and the community can do to build the innovation eco-system,” Professor Webster said.