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Fellows Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd discuss NAPLAN results and education reform

The NAPLAN test results have been released and the annual contest over interpreting the performance of our school kids has begun. The results demonstrate a national performance plateauing in reading, writing and numeracy and...

Fellow Ryan Goss on the unnecessary marriage equality plebiscite

CPD Fellow Ryan Goss outlines the legal issues that a plebiscite on same-sex marriage would present to the Parliament and High Court of Australia. In his piece for The Conversation, Ryan approaches the controversial...

CPD researcher Ali Sutton on ABC TV’s Planet America

As the Australian election drew to a close and the long US election season started to ramp up, CPD was fortunate to be joined by Ali Sutton, a political campaigner and social policy expert...

Ian McAuley: Private health insurance and public policy

Today CPD Fellow Ian McAuley delivered a presentation to the 2016 Health Insurance Summit on the subject of private health insurance and its impact on broader public health and policy outcomes in Australia. In...

Building a national strategy for climate, health and wellbeing

In June the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) published a new discussion paper Towards a National Strategy on Climate, Health, and Well-being for Australia. CPD fellow Fiona Armstrong is the founder and Executive Director of CAHA and a...

Voters were doubly disillusioned – Travers McLeod and Mark Triffitt

On Saturday, Australia’s political system crossed a line. From the normal messiness of democracy into fragmented incoherence. From voter unrest to potential revolt. The implications are clear: instability is no longer a one-off in...

On tour in New Zealand talking public sector capability

During the week of Monday 20th June, Rob Sturrock (Policy Director) was in Wellington, New Zealand discussing the findings of Grand Alibis: How Declining Public Sector Capability Affects Services for the Disadvantaged, which he co-authored, and examining...

CPD fellow Ian Dunlop joins call to declare a climate emergency

Former Shell executive and Australian Coal Industry Chair Ian Dunlop has joined a number of other prominent Australians to call on the Government to recognise the seriousness of the climate change threat by declaring...

Support CPD’s “$20 in 2016” appeal!

Click here to help us remain a laboratory for long-term policy development  Our end of financial year appeal comes at a very uncertain time in Australian politics. Slogans and...

Levelling the education playing field – media coverage of our latest report

CPD’s latest report Uneven playing field: the state of Australia’s schools and its call for a revitalisation of the Gonski agenda for needs-based school funding attracted widespread attention and coverage. You can read and hear more...