As Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey readies his second Budget, Australia faces a triple whammy: slumping revenue from iron ore exports; falling domestic demand and collapsing consumer confidence.

Academics from UNSW Australia Business School give their independent analysis in a live podcast roundtable on Wednesday lunchtime, introduced by James Morley and moderated by Julian Lorkin, with reaction to key budget measures. The podcast will be streamed live before an audience in the Sydney CBD (at the BusinessThink 2015 Budget roundtable).

James Morley is a Professor of Economics and Associate Dean (Research) at UNSW Business School.​

He says "We will give all tax measures an independent and thorough analysis in our podcast, along with other key budget measures including superannuation and identifying who is most affected by the budget measures. Importantly, we will give context and background to the budget measures as well as identifying areas the government has failed to address."

Journalists may take any part of the podcast for quotes, ask questions during the podcast via the live stream comment facility or via twitter using the hashtag #UNSWbusiness, or contact the academics for interviews later in the day.

BusinessThink 2015 Budget roundtable – expert panel

Professor James Morley

Expert areas: James will be providing a full rundown of macroeconomics ahead of the budget, and also look at finance, interest rates, and unemployment.

Contact: 02 9385 3366 |

Professor John Piggott

Expert areas: John is an expert in superannuation and taxation, and is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.

Contact: 02 9385 5903 |

Professor Neil Warren

Expert areas: Neil can provide a full assessment of the taxation implications for various sectors, public sector economics with a special focus on taxation policy and distributional issues.

Contact: 02 9385 9542 |

Associate Professor Dale Boccabella
Expert areas: Dale can discuss taxation of trusts, fringe benefits, capital gains tax and corporate tax.
Contact: 02 9385 3365 | Home: 02 9874 2539 |


Julian Lorkin – 0405 805 365

Janine MacDonald – 0478 492 110