The next long wave of reform – where will the ideas come from?
ART’s annual Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture, was held in conjunction with the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at the Melbourne Law School.
In this 2019 Jim Carlton Lecture, Terry Moran AC spoke to the period of Australian national development after World War II and the acceptance of macro- and micro-economics as the source of policy ideas from the early 1980s that led to the conversion of the Australian Public Service (APS) to economics as an ideology. He addressed the public’s eventual disenchantment with what this period has delivered before suggesting ideas for reform of the APS to ensure it is fit for the emerging challenges we face.
Terry Moran, AC, has had an extraordinary career in public administration, and is Chancellor of Federation University, Chair of the Centre for Policy Development, Chair of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and Chair of the Melbourne Theatre Company.
He served as Director-General of Education in Queensland 1998-2000, Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria 2000-08 and Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet 2008-11.
My view is Australians want government to seek tailored, smart, creative solutions that draw on the experience of civil society, business and the public. They want missions. They want government to admit they don’t have all the answers and organise the search for them.
See here for the full lecture: Terry Moran Integrity Lecture oration