About us

The Wellbeing Manifesto has been developed by The Australia Institute, Australia’s foremost public interest think tank. You can find out all you want to know about the Institute from its website, www.tai.org.au.

The material on this website has been prepared by Clive Hamilton, Richard Eckersley and Richard Denniss.



Clive Hamilton

Dr Clive Hamilton is the Institute’s former Executive Director.

Clive’s research work at the Institute has emphasised climate change policy, measures of well-being (especially the Institute's Genuine Progress Indicator), privatisation and taxation issues.

His book, Growth Fetish, published by Allen & Unwin in 2003, was a best-seller.  


Richard Eckersley

Richard Eckersley is a fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, Canberra.

He is the co-author of a national index of subjective wellbeing, the first of its kind in the world.



Richard Denniss

Dr Richard Denniss was appointed Executive Director of The Australia Institute in July 2008.

Richard has published widely on the impact of policy on economic efficiency and equity and is particularly interested in the economics of environmental and labour market regulation.

He is the co-author, with Clive Hamilton, of Affluenza (Allen & Unwin, June 2005).

We would like to express our appreciation to the New Economics Foundation in London for permission to base the Australian Wellbeing Manifesto on its own. The NEF's manifesto may be read here.

We are grateful to the Melbourne Community Foundation, Morawetz Social Justice Fund for providing financial support to develop and promote the Wellbeing Manifesto.

If you would like to ask about or comment on the Manifesto, please send an email to mail@tai.org.au