John Menadue Oration by Marty Natalegawa | 2 November | Melbourne

If you can join this special event, please RSVP here.



WHEN:     Thursday, 2 November 2017, 5.30pm – 8.00 pm

WHERE:  State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette 179 La Trobe St, Melbourne


Join us to welcome Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia’s former Foreign Minister, who will deliver CPD’s inaugural annual oration as part of our 10th-anniversary series in November.

Pak Marty has been described as “one of the most respected foreign policy and international security thinkers of his generation, both within Indonesia, in South East Asia, and in the broader Asia-Pacific region“.

We’ve asked Pak Marty to speak on the theme for our 10-anniversary series: ‘Can Democracy Deliver?‘:

How can we strengthen our democracy so that it better serves us in solving the big problems of our time, including
climate change, forced migration, inequality, the future of work, and social cohesion?

What can be done to fix, or create, the systems, practices and cultures of democratic government that can transmit sound
ideas into implementation?

What is preventing Australian democracy from delivering difficult but necessary policy reform?

Given Pak Marty’s policy, political and leadership experiences in Indonesia, the broader Asia-Pacific region and at the global level, his perspectives on the challenges facing democracy in this particular international moment will be especially timely and valuable.

We would be delighted if you could participate in this special event. RSVP here.

There will be a cocktail reception after the oration.

For an introduction to some of the issues at the heart of CPD’s 10th-anniversary series on democratic renewal, listen to Charlie Leadbeater’s opening remarks at CPD’s forum on trust in democracy, held in June 2017:


Dr Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegawa (Dr Natalegawa) served as the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia from 2009-2014. Prior to his appointment as Foreign Minister, he served as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations in New York from 2007–2009.

Dr Natalegawa also served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Kingdom and Ireland from 2005-2007, and in the years 2002–2005, he consecutively served as the Chief of Staff of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and as the Director General for ASEAN Cooperation in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

His term as Director General for ASEAN Cooperation coincided with Indonesia’s chairmanship of ASEAN, a period marked by intensive effort to promote the idea of an ASEAN Community which was formally endorsed by the member countries through the 2003 Bali Concord II.

He served at the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN between 1994 and 1999, including during Indonesia’s membership of the Security Council in 1996-1997.

In addition to his Doctor of Philosophy from The Australian National University, Dr Natalegawa completed a Master of Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

CPD’s inaugural annual oration has been named in honour of John Menadue AO, CPD’s founding Chairperson, in recognition of John’s contribution to public policy in Australia and to CPD. John served as Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet under Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser, was Australia’s Ambassador to Japan, and held senior roles in the business community. He remains a CPD fellow.

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