‘Broken’ federal system needs leadership

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One of Australia’s leading constitutional lawyers has called on the new Abbott government to make federal reform a priority. Professor George Williams from the University of New South Wales says the absence of policies is now a major hindrance to Australia realising its federal potential. Professor Williams has also renewed a proposal to establish an […]

Prison system breaks shackles with the past

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Photographs displayed by Griffith University’s Dr John Rynne offer a sobering reminder of the bad old days of Australia’s prison system. The first, taken at Brisbane’s now closed Boggo Road jail, shows an inmate clinging to a wire fence while trying to escape over a wall. The next reveals the austere, almost medieval conditions of […]

Federalism debate overlaid by ignorance

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Ignorance and defeatism are overshadowing the debate on federalism in Australia, a leading constitutional lawyer has told a Brisbane symposium. “When it comes to Australia’s system of government, the general community is, by and large, woefully ignorant,” Professor George Williams, University of New South Wales, said. “It is clear that the community knows little and […]

Symposium has federation reform in its sights

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Some of Australia’s leading academic experts on federalism will link up with key government officials in Brisbane on Friday for the Sir Samuel Griffith Symposium on Australia’s Federal Future. The one-day event, run by Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and hosted by Griffith University, will examine the federation as it works today […]

Reflecting on disaster management policy

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Disaster Management research currently being conducted by the Griffith School of Government and International Relations was presented earlier this month at the State Services Commission (SSC) and ANZSOG applied learning event in Christchurch. The event, titled Ground Zero: Innovations in public management post-disaster, the Australasian experience, drew on the lessons learned from Australia’s and New […]

Examining the demand-side for policy advice

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Research from the Griffith School of Government and International Relations was presented in Wellington, New Zealand, earlier this month as part of the State Services Commission and ANZSOG New Zealand series of applied learning events. The event brought together industry practitioners and researchers to critically reflect on the experiences of Australian and New Zealand Governments […]

Lessons learned from natural disaster

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Associate Professor Anne Tiernan was a featured speaker at the State Services Commission and ANZSOG applied learning event in Christchurch earlier this month, which focused on the Australasian experience of post-disaster policy management. The event was one in a series of events that aimed to draw on the experiences of Australians and New Zealanders in […]