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ERA Adelaide hosts regular public meetings on economic and financial issues which take place at The Joinery, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide. Details of upcoming meetings will appear on this page as they are confirmed.

City of Adelaide: Climate Change Series: Renewables and Limited Natural Resources

Friday 30 June, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at  City Library

Join Associate Professor James Hopeward from the University of South Australia to consider a solution to climate change that takes inspiration from around the world.

In this talk Professor Hopeward will explore the supply and demand of our natural resources and the concept of limits to growth. He will share realistic, evidence-based solutions to these challenging and complex problems. 

Past ERA Events

Sunday 26th March 2023 
Busting myths of neo-liberal economics and promoting a better way – a  presentation by Bob Millar.

What needs to change to achieve a thriving world that is more compassionate, caring and inclusive?  A world that works for everyone, not just the elite 1%?  After all, what’s the definition of madness – to keep doing the same thing and expect different results? 

This is the central theme of a book written by Bob Millar, The Dance of the Eagle and the Condor. You can purchase the book and find out more on Bob’s website:

Bob Millar is an Australian economist and fiscal policy adviser who has lived and worked extensively in the Pacific, Middle East and Africa, as well as in Australia and the United Kingdom.  His experiences have exposed him to indigenous wisdom and cultures as well as to western societies and structures.  

24 September 2022
Following our AGM John Hermann gave a presentation on Private and Public Debt in Australia.
Click here to download the slide presentation in pdf format.

25 June 2022 – Matching Financial and Physical Limits. 
Towards an understanding of Inflation, Stagflation, Recession and Degrowth.
Presentation by Richard Corin

23 April 2022 – Central Bank Digital Currency and Cryptocurrencies – What’s it all about?

In this seminar we explored the growing enthusiasm for cryptocurrencies and the current research into a State based digital currency.  What’s the difference. Why all the fuss?

Presentations by John Hermann and Bernard Thomson followed by discussion.

A copy of the presentation slides are available here in pdf format.

Click here to view presentation slides

17 December 2021 – End of Year function at The Joinery, Adelaide.

We began our evening together with the short TED Talk presentation by Mariana Mazzucato, a thought provoking overview of the basis of value creation.

Discussion followed and continued over our meals prepared by The Foodprint Experience.

We thank all our members and supporters and wish everyone a safe and propserous new year.

20 November 2021 – What is inflation, what are its causes, and why is an understanding of it important? A presentation by Prof Phil Lawn.

Click on the image to download the presentation slides.

25 September 2021 – Universal Basic Income and Job Guarantee.

Presentations by Bernard Thomson and David Joy were recorded and can be accessed using the links below.


31 July 2021
From Academic to Practical:  The challenges of living and working in a local intentional community.

Presentation and discussion with Michael Bayliss, activist and host of the Post Growth Australia Podcast and Sue Gilbey of the Christie Walk ecological housing project.


22 May 2021

Presentation on anthropologist Jason Hickel’s book, Less Is More. Hickel’s book painstakingly and devastatingly critiques capitalism and its fantasy of “green growth”, and paints a vision for how degrowth can replace it with a well-being economy which nurtures nature and the human spirit.

Click here to view slides from the presentation.

17 April 2021

Is Decoupling GDP Growth from Environmental Impact Possible?
Presentation and discussion with Associate Professor James Ward of UniSA.
For some background reading go to

Click here to view slides from the presentation.

20 March 2021
The place of the economy in our world – Bernard Thomson

View slides from the presentation here.

20 February 2021 – Debunking some myths about Modern Money and Banking
– John Hermann

A series of slides from this talk can be viewed here.

30th January 2021 – Is Green Finance Possible?

Film screening

“Our Planet: Too Big To Fail”

View this thought provoking documentary and click here for the accompanying slideshow.

30th December – End of year dinner and Quiz night
This year in conjunction with Rethinking Economics Australia we hosted a quiz night for the first time.
For those unable to attend who wish to test themselves, or for those who participated and want to review the answers, you can download the Quiz Presentation (zip format) together with a copy of the Award Certificate.
(You need to be logged in as a member to access this download)

28th November – Why a Job Guarantee is necessary and long overdue

Associate Professor Phil Lawn
Click here for the audio recording and slide presentation.

24 October 2020  – What is Money really?
Workshop with Bernard Thomson

19 September 2020  – Rethinking Public Debt, an MMT view
Presentation and discussion with David Joy

Click here to view associated slides.

22 August 2020 – An episode  in the history of money, The Great Recoinage of 1696
with Dr David Faber

The following article: Lowndes and Locke on the Value of Money may be of interest.

1 August 2020 – Modern Monetary Theory and an Ecologically Sustainable Economy with Dr Phil Lawn. This presentation is now available on our YouTube channel.

Click here to download associated slides.

25 July 2020 – What is Money? an exploration of the nature of money with Bernard Thomson