Valuing the future

On Monday 26th May 2014 the Melbourne School of Government in conjunction with the Melbourne Sustainability Society Institute and the Centre for Policy Development hosted a discussion chaired by John Langmore, with Pascal Lamy, Ross Garnaut, Rod Eddington and Laura Eadie on ‘Valuing the Future’. This invitation-only event aimed to connect leading thinkers on how Australia’s choice of discount rates impacts our long-term planning and investment.

2014 Hamer oration: John Brumby, a federation for the future

On Monday 19th May 2014 the Hon John Brumby, former Premier of Victoria, presented the 2014 Hamer Oration on a ‘Federation for the Future’. The Hon John Brumby discussed such issues as how can State and Federal governments work effectively to deal with the increasing demographic, social and global economic challenges facing Australia and shared his insights from more than 3 decades of public life on shaping the future of Australian federalism.

Many Languages, One World global youth forum

23816d50d9b911e595abdb3d67212112_inset_imageMelbourne School of Government student Holly Taylor has recently returned from New York where she participated in the “Many Languages, One World” Global Youth Forum at the United Nations General Assembly. To be eligible to attend the conference, Holly had to complete an essay in one of the six official UN languages – that was neither her mother tongue nor her language of instruction. For her essay, Holly chose to write in Spanish, submitting an essay on the role of multilingual ability in fostering global citizenship and understanding. Holly’s esasy submission can be viewed on the ¿Qué es la ciudadanía global? document (630kb pdf) and her conference presentation is available on the UN Web TV website.

Holly joined 59 other students (10 students per UN language: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) for the five day conference, which was based at Adelphi University on Long Island, NY. At the conference, the students had the privilege of presenting their Action Plan for achieving one of the UN Academic Impact’s principles in their home countries. The Global Youth Forum was a joint venture between the United Nations Academic Impact and ELS Educational Services, Inc., and will surely be a very memorable and valuable experience for Holly and the other participants.

An assessment of the budget

On Wednesday 14th March 2014 Professor John Quiggin, an Australian Laureate Fellow in Economics at the University of Queensland, presented a well-attended seminar on the ‘Assessment of the Budget’. Professor Quiggin reviewed the macroeconomic parameters of the budget and addressed such questions as: what are the highest priorities for fiscal policy at present? Does the Commonwealth have a potentially damaging level of public debt? What are the likely impacts of international economic conditions on Australia during 2014-15? Are the spending decisions cost effective means for achieving desirable outcomes? What are the longer-term implications of the budget strategy on fiscal capacity for service provision to an ageing population?

Professor Janine O’Flynn wins prestigious award

We are delighted to announce that Professor Janine O’Flynn has been awarded the 2014 ‘Best Book of the Year’ award, by the janine-2US Academy of Management Public-Nonprofit (PNP) Division. Janine won this award for her collaboration with John Alford on “Rethinking Public Service Delivery: Managing With External Providers”.

The awards committee noted that the book ‘competed with some very fine scholarship and won based on its solid empirical foundation about the continuing trend to outsourcing and cooperative arrangements between the nonprofit/NGO, private and public sectors. According to the AOM-PNP Book Award Committee, “The book effectively addressed almost all of the major aspects of these relationships, including ethical, methodological, theoretical, practical, procedural, legal, and operational.”

Those of you who have read the book will appreciate its contribution to the field of public management.

This book is further acknowledgement of Janine’s standing within the international public management academy and adds to the collection of awards that MSoG scholars have won in the short time since the establishment of the school.

Congratulations Janine.

China’s use of its growing power

On Wednesday 30th April 2014 Professor CHEN Zhimin, Dean of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, China, presented a seminar to over 120 people on How China uses its growing power in the foreign policy debate both in China and around the world. This seminar covered what factors are included in China’s power resources? How should China apply these resources? Does the way that China applies its resources have any of its own characteristics, especially compared with other major international actors? What goals should the power strategy serve – to defend or shield China from external interference or to shape the outside world and how its future power strategy will evolve?

The Melbourne School of Government also live-tweeted this event. See our Storify on The Use of Power in Chinese Foreign Policy web page.

Public policy student sings praises of exchange


Nicole Battle is a social planner for local government in Melbourne and a student in the Melbourne School of Government’s Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM).

She recently travelled to the University of Birmingham with other students as part of their MPPM, as well as Associate Professor Helen Dickinson and Dr Scott Brenton. They participated in sessions on Britain’s local government and National Health Service (NHS), particularly recent innovations in service integration and personalised care.

So impressed with the sessions they attended, Nicole wrote a blog about her experience, explaining how it provided a rich environment for considering comparisons with public policy challenges in Australia, and gave her fresh perspective on her work.

Read Nicole’s blog post Photo (left): University of Birmingham

2014 Lunchtime Seminar Series

Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Controversy and Collaboration: Some Thoughts on the Predicament of Public Policy
Associate Professor Vishaal Kishore

526a8d40d9b911e592b8373d1914f24c_inset_imageDr Kishore is Director of the Office of the Secretary at the Victorian Department of Health, and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne’s School of Government. He has previously been director for government strategy within Ernst & Young’s consulting practice; a senior associate and solicitor at Freehills and Mallesons Stephen Jaques; and has served as Associate (Clerk) to the Honourable Justice Gray of the Federal Court of Australia. He has held academic and research fellowships at Harvard University and Brown University in the United States, and Monash University in Australia. Vishaal holds degrees from the University of Melbourne, and a doctorate from Harvard Law School where his work focused on the intersection of law, political economy and socio-political theory. He is the author of Ricardo’s Gauntlet: Economic Fiction and the Case for Free Trade, which will be released by Anthem Press later this year.

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Price Transparency in Australian Petrol Markets: The Role of IT in Strengthening Market Competitiveness  Professor Caron Beaton-Wells

256ebe60d9b911e58abf39cf670c688d_inset_imageCaron Beaton-Wells is a Professor specialising in competition law at the Melbourne Law School and Director of the University’s Competition Law and Economics Network. Her research and teaching focuses on anti-cartel law and enforcement. She is a member of several national and international editorial and advisory boards, has consulted to the OECD, ASEAN, SSNED and the New Zealand Government, is a non-governmental advisor to the ICN and the Law School’s representative on UNCTAD’s Research Partnership Platform.

Public policy in the Asian Century: conference highlights

21e2b170d9b911e5a68e2d59ae2b3a16_inset_imageOur inaugural conference held on 9-10 December 2013 examining the implications of the ‘Asian Century’ for public policy was attended by more than 150 delegates from around the globe. Download the delegates list [PDF, 205 KB] and view photos taken at the event.

Speakers & Presentations
You can read the papers and presentations delivered at the conference, download the program and see a list of headline speakers.

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Image L to R: Conference Opening Speakers: Prof Jenny Lewis, Melbourne School of Government Research Director; Prof Mark Considine, Dean, Faculty of Arts; Prof Glyn Davis, Vice Chancellor; Mr Robert Bell, Head of Super Regional Business Development, ANZ Banking Group; Prof Helen Sullivan, Director, Melbourne School of Government; Prof Shamsul Haque, National University of Singapore.

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