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We hope this finds you well and all set for the Easter break. We’ve had an action-packed first quarter of 2019, and we’re excited to share with you what we’ve been working on:
     

  • New report ‘Seven Steps to SUCCESS’ on refugee entrepreneurship
  • Updated legal opinion on company directors’ duties and climate change
  • Third meeting of the Council on Economic Participation for Refugees
  • Terry Moran AC delivers 2019 Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture

 
New report: ‘Seven Steps to SUCCESS: Enabling Refugee Entrepreneurs to Flourish’

Last week, we released our new report ‘Seven Steps to SUCCESS: Enabling Refugee Entrepreneurs to Flourish’by Philippe Legrain (Open Political Economy Network) and Andrew Burridge (CPD). The research draws on Australian and international best practice on how to support refugee entrepreneurs better. A key finding is that despite the huge challenges they face, refugees are the most entrepreneurial migrants in Australia – and nearly twice as likely to be entrepreneurs as Australian taxpayers. The findings and recommendations are significant in what is set to be a big year for the future of Australia’s settlement and employment services. The full report and a related op-ed are here.

Updated legal opinion on company directors’ duties and climate change

In March, CPD released an update of a landmark 2016 legal opinion on how Australian law requires company directors to consider, disclose and respond to climate-related risks. The supplementary opinion, provided again by Noel Hutley SC and Sebastian Hartford Davis, on instruction from Sarah Barker at MinterEllison Lawyers, reinforces and strengthens the 2016 findings. It emphasises five material developments since 2016 that have elevated the need for directors to consider climate risks and opportunities and reinforced the urgency of improved board-level governance of this issue. The full opinion, media coverage and other supporting documents are available here.

Third meeting of Council on the Economic Participation for Refugees in Canberra

Last week in Canberra, alongside the launch of Seven Steps to SUCCESS, CPD convened the third Council on Economic Participation for Refugees meeting. Peter Shergold AC, who led the Review of Integration, Employment and Settlement Outcomes for Refugees and Humanitarian Entrants, was among a number of senior participants. Council discussions revealed strong support for a national centre of gravity for humanitarian settlement and for community deals (or place-based approaches) to boost economic and social inclusion. There was clear recognition of the benefits for individuals, families and Australian society if we help refugees to settle better. More details about the meeting are available here.

The 2019 Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture, delivered by Terry Moran AC

CPD Chairperson Terry Moran AC delivered the 2019 Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture on ‘The next long wave of reform — where will the ideas come from?’ at the Accountability Roundtable on 25 March. Terry proposed five key steps and a ‘missions mindset’ for the Review of the Australian Public Service. The speech and coverage are available here.

Other Highlights

* CPD Board Member Sam Mostyn returned to her alma mater, the Australian National University, on 8 March to deliver the 2019 International Women’s Day lecture. You can find a full video recording of her speech here.
* CPD’s attitudes research on what Australians want from our democracy was featured in the latest Quarterly Essay. Australia Fair – Listening to the Nation by Rebecca Huntley.
* CPD Senior Adviser Arjuna Dibley presented at the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Research Conference in February in New Delhi.

Other CPD Highlights

* Our Policy Director Sam Hurley and Board Member Sam Mostyn spoke at the Green Building Council of Australia’s TRANSFORM conference.
Sam Hurley also unpacked the implications of the RBA’s recent statement on climate change and the economy in the Sydney Morning Herald.
* CPD Senior Adviser Arjuna Dibley gave his take on how to talk to a populist about climate change in Foreign Policy.
* Our CEO Travers McLeod spoke with The World Today about the updated Hutley opinion on climate change, and to the Australian Financial Review about the lapse of the parliamentary committee inquiry into government consulting without a report being issued.

 

 

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