Leading commentators were joined by Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Victorian Treasurer Kim Wells to discuss the current economic situation of Victoria.

Despite benefitting from the early stages of the resources boom, has Victoria missed its chance to lay the foundations for future growth? Is the required infrastructure now outside the scope of tightened budget constraints? Issues discussed at the conference were:

  • Is the current downturn the result of intractable structural change or just a brief growth pause while the world sorts itself out?
  • Population growth rates have fallen back to longer term averages. What does this mean for the ambitious plans for growth in the west, Melbourne’s latest growth corridor?
  • What factors will drive a new vision for the state? Sustainability? New breakthrough technologies? Asian connections? Cultural diversity?
  • What vision does government have for Victoria?