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Riding the third wave: Some challenges in national reform

Chairman's speech

Productivity Commission Chairman Gary Banks gave an address to the 2008 Melbourne Institute Economic and Social Outlook Conference 'New agenda for prosperity' on the 27 March 2008.

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Lifting productivity and participation

Labour force participation: keeping it up
Scope to do better

What is happening to productivity?

Large potential gains from the NRA

Health and aged care
Prevention better than cure?
Just do it?

Human capital development
Teachers are instrumental

Climate change and water
A cost-effective climate change policy
What 'complementary' measures?
Water, water everywhere?
From country to city

Efficient national infrastructure

Enhancing business regulation and competition
Competition still needs support

Two other important COAG working groups
Accessible and affordable housing
Indigenous policy

Moving forward