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August 12, 2021
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Free – $20.00


A Zoom event under Chatham House rule
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Crony Capitalism: How political favouritism works in Australia

MF Digital with Dr Cameron Murray

Hosted by:
Nina Christesen

August 12, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Free – $20.00

How Donations, Relationships and Favours shape government policy, regulation, and investment and why corruption bodies and the legal system fail to address it.

We pride ourselves on our democratic and transparent government institutions; but evidence on how decisions are made reveals an entrenched system of crony capitalism.

Cameron’s research focuses on what is really going on in the corridors of power in Australia. How a deep network of insiders influence government especially in regulated sectors such as property, mining, transport, banking, and superannuation.

Cameron will outline how a system of political favouritism where everyone starts with good intentions is a better way of understanding influence in Australia than corruption.

Dr Cameron Murray is an Economist and Research Fellow in the Henry Halloran Trust at The University of Sydney. He has a PhD from the University of Queensland on the economics of corruption and his interests include property markets, urban development, rent-seeking, and corruption.

Cameron is the author of Game of Mates: How favours bleed the nation, that shows the variety of ways in which vested interests’ game political, bureaucratic, and regulatory systems to siphon off profits at the expense of ordinary Australians. This book will open your eyes to how Australia really works. Ross Gittins, SMH Economics Editor.

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