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Priyanka Banerjee

Priyanka Banerjee

Priyanka is a third year Commerce student, majoring in Economics and Marketing, at the University of Melbourne. Her fascination with economics began in high school when she was looking for a subject where she could use calculus to analyse policy, all while considering the merits of utilitarianism. It also redefined her life purpose to be the crafting of the ultimate economics pun.

This year as Publications Director, Priyanka will be furthering her passion for communicating the versatility of economics, and  finetuning her pedantry of appropriate data visualisation.

When she isn’t contemplating optimal decision-making, Priyanka can be found endlessly scrolling through photography blogs, buying way too much beautiful stationery, or persevering in her attempt to finish reading Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century in French.

Election 2016: Childcare

By · July 1st, 2016

Priyanka Banerjee unpacks the complex issue of Childcare policy

Nominal Interest: Semester 1 Finale

By · June 2nd, 2016

Catch up on the last episode for Semester 1, for a peek into the future of AI and a magical discussion of economics and fantasy.

Nominal Interest

By · May 16th, 2016

Catch up on the latest episode of Nominal Interest for all things post-Budget and voter theory in the Philippines.

Nominal Interest: Budget Special

By · May 9th, 2016

Catch up on the ESSA team’s take on the 2016/17 Federal Budget.


Immigration, Border Protection, Foreign Affairs, Climate

By · May 3rd, 2016

The foreign aid budget gets a boost of $523 million between 2015/16 and 2016/17, reducing over the next year in 2017/18 by $426 million, before picking up again in the following years. This increase in foreign aid includes contributions to Asian Development Fund and the World Bank’s International Development Association, which are renewed commitments by […]

The future of the NDIS

By · May 3rd, 2016

The NDIS will complete its full national roll-out by 2019/20, with the government setting up the NDIS Savings Fund in order to be able to fully fund its implementation, as there is a projected shortfall of $4.4 billion from 2019/20 onwards, above the initial 0.5 percentage point increase in the Medicare levy to cover the […]

Movement on multinational tax

By · May 3rd, 2016

In a year where the Panama Papers shone a spotlight on the murky practices of large multinational companies and the ultra-rich, the Federal Budget has introduced its Tax Integrity Package as a means of addressing the growing problem of little to no tax being paid by the likes of Apple and Google. The package has […]

Small business, the favourite child of budget policy

By · May 3rd, 2016

Small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continue to be some of the key beneficiaries of the Federal Budget, with the 2016/17 instalment going further than had previously been expected. Prior to tonight, there had been an understanding that the rate of company tax faced by SMEs would be lowered as an extension of the policies introduced […]


The race to two degrees: COP21 primer

By · November 25th, 2015

Priyanka Banerjee gives an overview of the oncoming climate change talks in Paris and what COP21 can mean for Australia.

Of stunted growth and tax reform

By · August 21st, 2015

Australia urgently needs tax reform. Failure to act now, argues Priyanka Banerjee, might cause serious, long-term pain.

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