HRF Centre Articles

  • It is beholden on all of us to understand the likely domino effect when workers suffer a drop in income or are laid off - by HRF Centre's Dr Anthea Bill - Newcastle Herald opinion piece, 1 April 2020
  • One-in-five Hunter jobs most vulnerable as virus-related lay-offs continue warns HRF Centre's Dr Anthea Bill - Newcastle Herald article, 28 March 2020
  • Current news about fire recovery and pandemic can suggest national prospects for 20 years hence - Opinion Piece by HRF Centre's Professor Will Rifkin - Newcastle Herald article, 17 March 2020

Other Recent Articles

  • Wage subsidy on the way in Morrison's plan to pay workers who lose their jobs Sydney Morning Herald article, 29 March 2020 
  • The economic, budgetary and health impacts of COVID-19 Grattan Institute Webinar, 27 March 2020
  • What Australia can learn from Italy's Coronavirus Crisis featuring the University of Newcastle's Professor Francesco Paolucci, Studio 10 article, 26 March 2020
  • National COVID-19 Coordination Commission Launched (Focussed with anticipating and solving economic and social problems arising from the coronavirus pandemic and advise the government on appropriate actions to take) 
    Sydney Morning Herald article, 25 March 2020
  • When it comes to unemployment in Australia, definitions have been Greg Jericho - The Guardian article, 24 March 2020
  • The US economy and policy in the coronavirus to date (including great influenza epidemic 1918-1920) Brookings article, 23 March 2020
  • COVID-19: The endgame, and how we get there Grattan Institute article, 21 March 2020
  • Why are we talking about at least six months of disruption? Where does that number come from? The Conversation article, 19 March 2020

Events update

  • Upper Hunter Breakfast Series - 1 April event at Muswellbrook RSL (Cancelled)
  • Newcastle Breakfast Series - 22 May event at Wests Newcastle (Cancelled. A further announcement regarding a potential replacement event and our series ticket holders will be made at a later date.) 

The COVID-19 virus is having a profound impact on every member of the Hunter community. As a region, we have always come together in times of crisis, and I am confident that we will see that same spirit over the coming weeks and months.

The HRF Centre values its long history of partnering with the region's communities and organisations to provide analysis and insight that helps with responses and planning that shapes the future of the Hunter. These partnerships have rarely been more important than now in this time of significant social and economic disruption. The HRF Centre will continue to work with our partners to analyse, understand and explain the socio-economic landscape of the region.

Following the Prime Minister's statements about non-essential gatherings - and to keep our staff and community safe, the Centre is making changes to how we deliver our services. We are moving much of our face-to-face engagement to online platforms for the immediate future. This shift includes our regular breakfast series. Details on the delivery of upcoming events will be made available to you shortly.

As stated by so many in our region in recent days, the Hunter will get through the challenging times ahead by coming together. We have done so many times before, with shared purpose and a commitment to the wellbeing of all – particularly the most vulnerable.

Professor Will RifkinDirector and Chair in Applied Regional Economics, HRF Centre
18 March 2020