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Oct142013

Dr Don Markwell to become Senior Adviser on Higher Education to Minister for Education

Dr Don Markwell to become Senior Adviser on Higher Education to Minister for Education

The Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre, Dr Don Markwell, has been appointed Senior Adviser on Higher Education to the federal Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and will commence in that role shortly.

While the Board of the Menzies Research Centre undertakes a search process to appoint the next Executive Director of the Centre, Deputy Director Rachael Thompson will serve as Acting Executive Director.

The Chair of the Menzies Research …

Aug292013

Coalition commits to New Colombo Plan

Coalition commits to New Colombo Plan

The Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, this morning announced the Coalition's commitment to the New Colombo Plan to foster ties between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region and develop stronger people-to-people links.

The New Colombo Plan will encourage and support Australian undergraduate students to undertake study in universities in the Asia-Pacific region, wherever possible combined with an internship or mentorship in a business, NGO, or other …

Jul172013

Forum at Hornsby on State of the Nation

Julian Leeser, Dick Estens and Donald McDonald AO during the Forum

A forum to discuss key policy issues for Australia was held at Hornsby RSL on Thursday 18 July with several contributors to the recent book, State of the Nation: aspects of Australian public policy.

State of the Nation brings together 15 distinguished and independent experts to critique policy and performance in diverse policy areas under the Rudd and Gillard governments since 2007.

The forum was chaired by co-editor of State of the Nation and former …

Jun232013

Steering Group formed for New Colombo Plan

Steering Group formed for New Colombo Plan

Following extensive and continuing consultation on the New Colombo Plan, the Steering Group for further development of the policy has been formed, with especially strong input from senior leaders in universities and business.

The Steering Group  members met in person and via teleconference at Parliament House, Canberra, on 24 June 2013, with the Leader of the Opposition, Hon Tony Abbott MHR, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs …

Jun032013

Canberra forum on ‘very thoughtful publication’ highlights need for good policy process

Canberra forum on ‘very thoughtful publication’ highlights need for good policy process

The Canberra launch of the book State of the Nation: aspects of Australian public policy, and lively forum with several of the distinguished contributors to the book, highlighted the need for good process in public policy-making, as well as opportunities to empower individuals and communities and to promote necessary innovation in improving government services.

Among the many guests, a particularly warm welcome was extended to Mrs Heather Henderson, daughter of Sir …

Jun112013

Melbourne forum on State of the Nation - Wednesday 12 June

Melbourne forum on State of the Nation - Wednesday 12 June

The state of public policy in Australia today and reform ideas for tomorrow will be centre stage at the Melbourne forum and launch of State of the Nation: aspects of Australian public policy being held on Wednesday 12 June 2013.

State of the Nation brings together 15 distinguished and independent experts to critique policy and performance in diverse policy areas under the Rudd and Gillard governments since 2007.

For further details, and to order a copy …

Jun032013

Hon Tony Abbott MHR to address Canberra launch of State of the Nation

Hon Tony Abbott MHR to address Canberra launch of State of the Nation
The Leader of the Opposition, Hon Tony Abbott MHR, will address the Canberra launch of the new book State of the Nation: aspects of Australian public policy, in which 15 independent experts critique policy and performance in diverse areas under the Rudd and Gillard governments.
 
Mr Abbott’s opening address will be followed by a forum in which several contributors to the book will discuss the policy areas on which they are expert. The forum will be chaired by …
Apr302013

‘Dazzling talent’ discusses State of the Nation

‘Dazzling talent’ discusses State of the Nation
‘A dazzling and diverse array of talent’ was how Paul Kelly, editor-at-large of The Australian, described the contributors to State of the Nation at Wednesday night’s forum on the book in Sydney.
 

State of the Nation: aspects of Australian public policy, published this week, brings together 15 independent experts to critique  diverse policy fields since 2007. It is edited by Don Markwell, Rachael Thompson, and Julian Leeser, and published by …

Mar212013

Expert input at policy roundtable on New Colombo Plan

Expert input at policy roundtable on New Colombo Plan

The Menzies Research Centre today hosted 170 participants from higher education, business, NGOs, and other organisations - and diplomatic representatives from many countries - at a policy development roundtable at Parliament House, Canberra, on the Coalition's proposed New Colombo Plan.

The New Colombo Plan is an initiative to encourage Australian students to undertake study in universities in the Asia-Pacific region. It is intended to combine this wherever possible with …

State of the Nation – important new book on Australian public policy

State of the Nation – important new book on Australian public policy

A collection of essays, State of the Nation: aspects of Australian public policy, to be published on 29 April 2013, critiques the policies and performance of the Rudd and Gillard governments in Australia since 2007 in diverse policy areas. It does so through the distinctive voices of 15 distinguished and non-partisan Australians who are independent experts in their fields.

State of the Nation is published by Connor Court, and can be ordered through their website for $29.95.

Feb182013

Policy roundtable on New Colombo Plan - engaging with our Asia-Pacific neighbours

Policy roundtable on New Colombo Plan - engaging with our Asia-Pacific neighbours

The Menzies Research Centre is hosting a policy development roundtable on the Coalition's proposed 'New Colombo Plan' at Parliament House, Canberra, on Friday 22 March.

The Coalition is committed, if elected to government, to implementing a New Colombo Plan that will encourage and support Australian undergraduates to study for part of their degrees in a university in the Asia-Pacific region. This will promote Australia's engagement with Asia-Pacific countries to the …

Jan162013

British Foreign Secretary delivers John Howard Lecture on Australia-UK cooperation in the 'global century'

British Foreign Secretary delivers John Howard Lecture on Australia-UK cooperation in the 'global century'

In delivering the Menzies Research Centre's John Howard Lecture for 2013 in Sydney today, the British Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon William Hague MP, spoke of the importance of Australia-UK cooperation, in Asia and beyond, in this 'global century'.

Mr Hague was introduced by the Opposition Leader, Hon Tony Abbott MHR, who also spoke of the strong links between Australia and Britain. Mr Hague was thanked by the former Prime Minister, Hon John Howard OM AC, for whom the annual …

Jan162013

John Howard Lecture 2013

UK Foreign Secretary Rt Hon William Hague MP to deliver the John Howard Lecture – Sydney 17 January 2013

John Howard Lecture 2013

The Menzies Research Centre is delighted to invite you to attend the fourth annual John Howard Lecture, to be delivered by UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Rt Hon William Hague MP, at 10.30am on Thursday 17 January 2013, in the Strangers' Dining Room at the NSW State Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Former Prime Minister Hon John Howard OM AC, after whom the Lecture is named, will propose the vote of thanks.

Senator the Hon George …

Nov142012

Menzies Research Centre Small Business Roundtable

Menzies Research Centre Small Business Roundtable

The Menzies Research Centre hosted a Small Business Policy Roundtable - Positively Partnering Small Business - in Melbourne on 15 November 2012.

The roundtable provided a unique, interactive opportunity for small business owners and policy experts to directly ask questions, discuss, debate and propose small business policy ideas with leading politicians.

At the Roundtable, Hon Tony Abbott MHR, Leader of the Opposition, and Hon Bruce Billson MP, Shadow Minister for Small …

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