Challenges Facing Australian Governance

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The Honorable Kevin Rudd and Terry Moran AC on stage at ACMI. Both The Honorable Kevin Rudd and Terry Moran AC are unusually thoughtful and reflective political thinkers who once held offices of greatest responsibility—Rudd as Prime Minister of Australia and Moran as the public servant Rudd chose as Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Department. You are invited to join them at La Trobe’s Ideas & Society Program on what is certain to be a fascinating and illuminating conversation about the governance of Australia. Professor Kerri-Lee Krause will facilitate this event.

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Monday 16 July 2018 06:30 pm until Monday 16 July 2018 08:00 pm (Add to calendar)
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Ideas & Society Program, The Honorable Kevin Rudd and Terry Moran
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Alumni; Community Event; Forum/symposium; Public Lecture; Public
$30 General / $20 Alumni & Staff/ $15 Students

6:15pm registration
6:30pm start

Kevin Rudd and Terry Moran served their country during challenging times, dominated by the global financial crisis and the attempt to forge an international climate change agreement. Despite two years or more of consistent public approval, in June 2010 Rudd lost the Prime Ministership in circumstances that remain controversial. Drawing on their extensive real-world experiences, Rudd and Moran will be discussing how well Australia is governed, the major obstacles standing in the way of good government and, most importantly, how government in Australia might be improved.

Among the questions they will consider are: Why has trust in Australia’s political and business elites declined in recent times? What role does the parliament now play in the government of Australia? Has factionalism damaged the effectiveness of our two major political parties? What role does the Cabinet play? How effective is the Commonwealth public service? How far does the so-called 24/7 media cycle influence the actions of government? How healthy is the relationship between the Commonwealth and the state governments? Can fresh ideas or policies succeed in Canberra? Why have the past eight years of federal politics been so turbulent? And, most importantly, what changes are required for the governance of Australia to become more efficient, just and democratic.

To avoid disappointment book early. Interest is likely to be high.


Kevin Rudd

The Honorable Kevin Rudd was Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and Foreign Minister (2010- 2012). Mr. Rudd joined the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York as its inaugural President in January 2015. From 2014–2016 he was Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, where he led a major review of the United Nations system. In 2014, Mr. Rudd was a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School where he completed a major policy paper,U.S.–China 21: The Future of U.S.–China Relations Under Xi Jinping. Mr. Rudd is a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London, a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Paulson Institute in Chicago. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and serves as a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s China Council.

Terry Moran

Terry Moran has worked with several Australian Federal and State governments and held senior roles in public policy development and implementation and public sector management.

Mr Moran graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1972, and has had a distinguished career in the Australian and Victorian public sectors.

Mr Moran was the first Chief Executive Officer of the Australian National Training Authority and was the Director-General of Education Queensland from 1998 to 2000. He was appointed Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet in 2000, a position he held until 2008. Mr Moran was then appointed Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the most senior position in the Australian Public Service, a position he held from 2008 to 2011. In this role Mr Moran was responsible for overseeing work on national security and international policy; environment, industry and economic policy; social policy and reforms negotiated by the Council of Australian Governments; and coordination of government administration, including Cabinet support.

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Professor of Higher Education at La Trobe University. She is an experienced senior executive who is acknowledged nationally and internationally for her contributions to higher education research, policy and practice. Current national leadership roles include Deputy Chair of the Higher Education Standards Panel and Chair of the Universities Australia DVC Academic group.

At La Trobe University, she provides strategic leadership to enhance the quality of learning and teaching and the student experience and she has previously led several successful university-wide curriculum transformation initiatives. As a Fellow of the international Society for Research in Higher Education she is internationally recognised for her research on the contemporary undergraduate student experience and implications for quality and standards in institutional settings.



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