Productive Reform in a Federal System

Roundtable proceedings

The Productivity Commission convened a roundtable on the topic Productive Reform in a Federal System at Old Parliament House, Canberra on 27 and 28 October 2005. The invitees included senior government officials, consultants, academics, and representatives from industry and community groups.

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Contents

Preliminaries
Cover, Copyright, Foreword, Contents, Acknowledgments, Abbreviations,

Overview

1 Introduction
Gary Banks

Part A - Institutional frameworks to promote productive outcomes

General discussion

2   Productive reform in a federal system
Jonathan Pincus

3 Competitive federalism — wasteful or welfare enhancing?
Cliff Walsh

Discussant
Ross Garnaut

General discussion

Part B Case study one — health reform

4 Health reform in the federal context
Vince FitzGerald

5 Directions for health reform in Australia
Andrew Podger

Discussant
Stephen Duckett

General discussion

Part C Case study two — labour market reform

6 Labour market reform in a federal system: making the best of a flawed framework
Andrew Stewart

7 Functioning federalism and the case for a national workplace system
Peter Anderson

Discussant
John Freebairn

General discussion

Part D Case study three — freight transport reform

8 Furthering significant freight transport reform in a federal system
Rod Sims

9 Regulatory reform in land transport
Tony Wilson and Barry Moore

Discussant
Henry Ergas

General discussion

Part E The way forward

10 The way forward

The panel discussion

General discussion

Further comments by the panellists

Concluding comments

Part F Dinner Speech

11 Time to 'get real' on national productivity reform
Ken Henry

Appendices

A Roundtable program

B Roundtable participants

References