Brotherhood Talks:
The Productivity Commission: reflections and relevance

The Research & Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence is delighted to invite you to our August session of Brotherhood Talks:


Peter Harris AO, former Chair of the Productivity Commission will be interviewed by Alison McClelland AM former Commissioner, and Life Member of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
Together they will examine the Commission’s impact and its contribution to Australian policy development. They will discuss some of its pivotal work in recent years, the strengths and weaknesses of the Commission, it’s changing approach, remit and future potential.


Thursday 8 August


12-1pm (light lunch immediately afterwards)


Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence Head Office, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

RSVP and questions

Please RSVP to attend this event for seating and catering purposes. Replies and queries to jdouglas(at) or (03) 9483 1364.

All welcome at this wheelchair accessible venue. Please advise if any accessibility adjustments would help support your attendance.

Peter Harris AO

Peter Harris AO was most recently Chairman of the Productivity Commission (2013-2018), Peter has been involved in public policy and administration throughout his distinguished career. In 2013 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia 'for distinguished service to public administration through leadership and policy reform roles in the areas of telecommunications, the environment, primary industry and transport'.

Key former roles include leading the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and Victorian Government agencies responsible for Sustainability and the Environment; Primary Industries and Public Transport, working with the Ansett-Air New Zealand aviation group and as a consultant on transport policy. He spent two years on secondment from the Prime Minister’s Department to be a member of Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s personal staff.  

Alison McClelland AM

Life Member of the Brotherhood and the Victorian Council of Social Service and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victorian division). She was awarded the Centenary Medal for her contribution to social policy and research and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to social policy and education. Her co-edited book on social policy in Australia is in preparation for its fourth edition.

Previously a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, Alison also held senior positions in the Victorian Government, in academia and in the community sector (including at the Brotherhood). Alison is currently an independent consultant, Chair of the Good Shepherd Australia and New Zealand Board, an Executive Committee Member Australian Social Policy Association, and a Director of the Board of TAFE Gippsland.

Questions? Contact Jane Douglas: jdouglas(at) or (03) 9483 1364.

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