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Dear CPD follower

We hope you have been staying safe and healthy in this challenging and uncertain time.

Throughout April CPD has responded and adapted to the shifting local, regional and global environment. We’ve been active in the media on a range of issues facing Australians as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also continued to advance our major projects which have become even more important.

We’re excited to take this opportunity to introduce a selection of our Fellows to the wider CPD family. We’ll introduce all our Fellows over the coming months.

Here is your latest update on our work:


Special Roundtable

On 30 March, CPD convened a group of leaders from health, business, policy and philanthropy to discuss Australia’s response to COVID-19. We  held this roundtable virtually, in lieu of our 2020 John Menadue Oration, which was to be delivered by Megan Davis on the topic “Can Australia deliver?”. Instead, we asked participants to help us answer a different question: “How can Australia deliver during (and after) COVID-19?”

It was a terrific and wide-ranging discussion, generating some great ideas and big opportunities to help Australia recover and prepare for a post-COVID world. You can read the summary and list of participants here.


In this time of uncertainty and rapid change, our team and Fellows have been working to provide advice, ideas and commentary on policy responses, recovery and the long-term implications of COVID-19:

  • CPD’s Deputy Chair Sam Mostyn and CEO Travers McLeod argued in The Guardian that Australia should agree on a set of post-COVID “missions” to guide work on our most pressing social and economic problems.
  • CPD Fellow Jennifer Doggett highlighted in The Guardian the opportunities on offer to redefine the role of private hospitals within the health care system after the federal government’s deal with the private sector.
  • CPD Fellow Peter Whiteford wrote with Miranda Stewart about the need for a new welfare state system as a result of COVID-19. In The Australian Financial Review, they analysed the challenges faced by the federal government in providing aid to those most in need.
  • In The Conversation, CPD Fellow Fiona Armstrong, along with Anthony Capon and Ro McFarlane, argued that the social and economic consequences of COVID-19 should act as a wake-up call to how we view the environment.
  • CPD Chairperson Terry Moran AC spoke to Virginia Trioli on ABC Radio about the difficulties facing public servants in the United States.

Get to know our 2020-2022 Fellows

CPD is pleased to introduce you to a selection of our 2020-2022 Fellows.

CPD’s Fellowship is a group of high-calibre individuals with expertise in a range of areas who play an important role in our policy and research program.

Our Fellows help to achieve our mission by providing expert analysis of economic, social and environmental policy facing Australia and the region, creative thinking in policy implementation, and stronger connections across the country and wider region.

Over the next three months, we will be introducing more of our 2020-2022 Fellows via our eNews.  Our full list of Fellows can be found here. We are pleased to introduce you to six of our Fellows below:

  • Krystal Lockwood is a Gumbaynggirr and Dunghutti woman who grew up in Armidale, NSW. She is a lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. As a Charlie Perkins Scholar she studied evidence based social interventions at the University of Oxford.
  • Danielle Fitzpatrick is a medical practitioner and health policy advocate with a focus on equitable health service delivery. As a Rhodes Scholar, she studied public health and public policy at the University of Oxford, including a term with the World Bank’s Health Systems Unit on primary healthcare staffing models.
  • Kate Charlesworth (MBBS (Hons), MPH, FAFPHM, PhD) is a public health physician who works in climate risk for NSW Health; her role is the first time in Australia that a medical professional has been appointed to a dedicated healthcare sustainability role.
  • Jennifer Doggett is a health policy analyst and consultant and chair of the Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance. Most recently, Jennifer has been focusing on the lessons for Australia’s healthcare system from COVID-19.
  • Claire Molinari works at the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), where she manages ACSI’s research program. She has over ten years’ experience in sustainable investment.
  • Ian McAuley has been a lecturer in public sector financial management at the University of Canberra. He continues to work on policies shaping economic structure, including inequality, climate change, infrastructure and taxation. His enduring desire is to help those who seek fairer and more inclusive public policy become more engaged with economics.

Vale Bob May

CPD is saddened to learn of the passing of Bob May. One of Australia’s most accomplished and influential scientists, he was a former UK Chief Scientist and pioneer of chaos theory, whose diverse interests ranged from public policy to education, biology and finance.

Bob wrote a memorable piece as part of CPD’s 2015 Secret Santas for Australia series, where he said that “for Australia to flourish this century she will need students prompted to ask difficult questions about the world and our role in it.”

Our thoughts go out to his family.

A New Addition to the CPD Team

CPD is excited to welcome Jeremy McEachern to the team as our new Events and Communications Coordinator.

Jeremy comes to us after a career in the cultural heritage industry where he worked as a curator, with a focus on research and interpretation. He holds a Master of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History from Monash University.


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