Piketty’s Capital in the 21 C: What is its significance for Australia?

Date 12:00 PM 08 October 2015 - 14:00 PM 08 October 2015

Presenters: Tony Ward, Robert Kerr and Barry Pullen


This work despite its length (694 pages) technical arguments and numerous graphs has become a best seller receiving both favourable and critical comment. A multi- disciplinary reading group has been working through it at the Brotherhood and this is an opportunity to hear their thoughts, positive and negative.

A key question is 'What is the  significance of Thomas Piketty’s  Capital in the Twenty-First Century and what are the implications for organisations concerned with social justice and rising inequalities.' 

About the presenters

Tony Ward is a research fellow in History at the University of Melbourne.  He published Sport in Australian National Identity (Routledge) in 2010 and has written a range of articles including “The start of Australian Rules: Creation of a Dominant Sport” (May 2014).  He has contributed several pieces to The Conversation website – the most-read being: “How Advance Australia Fair waltzed with Matilda and won” January 24.

Robert Kerr is a volunteer with the Research and Policy Centre of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.  Until recently he was a part-time Commissioner of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. His career as an economist included Commissioner of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission, head of the staff of the Productivity Commission, and a senior executive of the Commonwealth Treasury. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Defence Studies. 

Barry Pullen is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Brotherhood of St Laurence and was previously Minister of Housing, Education and Training and Conservation and Environment in the Cain and Kirner Governments.

Download Tony Ward's presentation (PDF, 192 KB)

Download Robert Kerr's presentation (PDF, 72 KB)

Download Robert Kerr's supporting document (PDF, 308KB)


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