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In the first half of 2019, CPD has worked hard to get results that are real and transformative. Our unique method — to create, connect and convince — has seen us shift the dial on how the region works together, how our companies and financial regulators approach climate change, and how we deliver services to Australia’s most vulnerable people. Here is the latest update on some of our work:
      • Coherent response from regulators on climate change as financial system risk
      • Roundtable: Bangladesh and its Emerging Role in the Region
      • New discussion paper: Ethnic Divides in Schooling
      • ANU-CPD Policy Dialogue on the future of humanitarian settlement
      • Other highlights

Coherent response from regulators on climate change as financial system risk

Australia now has a coherent and coordinated response from regulators on climate change as financial system risk. In May, media outlets once again picked up on CPD’s public forums with Australia’s financial regulators on climate risks, and the legal opinions we’ve commissioned on the responsibility of company directors. These included Katharine Murphy in The Guardian who pointed to critical CPD-backed interventions that have permanently and irreversibly raised the bar for Australian companies on climate risk, and Narelle Hooper in the Company Director Magazine who summarised the implications of these developments for corporates.


Roundtable: Bangladesh and its Emerging Role in the Region

On 12 June we were pleased to co-host a roundtable discussion with the Bangladesh High Commission on ‘Bangladesh and its Emerging Role in the Region: Bilateral Relations and Challenges for the Region from Forced Displacement’. Joining our team were H.E. Sufiur Rahman (Bangladesh High Commissioner to Australia, New Zealand & Fiji), Chris Carter (former Senior UN Advisor for Rakhine State), Erika Feller (Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne), Andrew Collins (DFAT South Asia Branch) and Nicholas Farrelly (ANU College of Asia and the Pacific). This important and wide-ranging discussion explored opportunities for Australia-Bangladesh relations and how the region can better respond to the displacement crisis in Cox’s Bazar — reflecting the priorities of our Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration.

New discussion paper: Ethnic Divides in Schooling

In late May, CPD published the fourth discussion paper in our In a Class of their Own series, written by Christina Ho. The paper reveals that Australian schools do not reflect the ethnic diversity of their communities and that there is a divide in educational outcomes among ethnically diverse students. The series explores different facets of Australia’s school system and how it concentrates advantage and disadvantage. The latest paper shows that among students with a language background other than English, we can see these same clusters of disadvantage, further exacerbating the growing inequality in educational outcomes and experiences. You can find the full paper here.



ANU-CPD Policy Dialogue on the future of humanitarian settlement

On 14 May, we continued our ANU-CPD Policy Dialogue series, looking at future of humanitarian settlement in Australia and our region. The event featured opening remarks from Abul Rizvi (Former Senior Official, Commonwealth Department of Immigration), Kate O’Malley (Senior Policy Advisor to the UNHCR Multi-Country Representation in Canberra), Paris Aristotle AO (CEO, Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture) and our Senior Project Manager, Lisa Button. The Dialogue explored current challenges and opportunities in domestic settlement policy as well as the need to better connect settlement policy and programming to a more proactive approach to displacement in the region. You can find a full summary here.

Other Highlights

* A rundown of the third meeting of our Council on the Economic Participation for Refugees — held over two days in Canberra in April — is now available on our website here.
* CPD Senior Project Manager, Lisa Button joined a panel at CoAct’s ConnectUp Conference in Brisbane this week, exploring how Australia can develop a successful and sustainable employment services program that works for both Australian employers and job seekers. She focussed on disadvantaged jobseekers and the need to tailor services to local communities.



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