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Time for an Australian sustainable finance taskforce

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 22 July 2018. ASIC commissioner John Price.Photo: Jeremy Piper ASIC commissioner John Price left a Sydney audience in no room for doubt last month when he confirmed company directors risked...

Time to judge our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 11 June 2018. “We will never forget that 100 years ago a young and brave nation on the other side of the world made history by writing...

CPD Board member Sam Mostyn on the evolving role of company directors

Influential independent director and CPD Board Member Sam Mostyn delivered the  keynote at the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ 2018 Governance Summit on ‘’The evolving role of directors.” Full text of Sam Mostyn’s remarks...

Vale Bernie Shepherd, 30 May 1944 – 23 June 2017

 It is with great sadness that we say farewell to one of CPD’s dearest fellows, Mr Bernie Shepherd AM FACE. Bernie Shepherd was a public educator, school leader, scientist, researcher and writer like...

New US Secretary of Defence James Mattis and the lessons of history

When president-elect Donald Trump announced former general James Mattis as his pick for defence secretary, he described Mattis as “the closest thing” the US had to general George Patton. Patton led US forces in...

Outsiders: boats and babies and Here Come The Habibs

This session was originally broadcast on the ABC’s Radio National on 7 February 2016. The High Court has affirmed the Australian Government’s right to operate offshore detention centres, but the politics remain fraught....

Travers McLeod: Genuine ‘excitement’ requires gifted policy

‘Tis the season to be jolly, as they say. Or, excited, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull repeats on cue, like a Santa Claus ‘Ho-Ho-Hoing’ through the local shops. His change of tone since ending...

Travers McLeod: relaxing airstrike rules is a recipe for disaster | The Drum

Calls to relax targeting rules for airstrikes against Islamic State ignore the lessons of our recent past and the fact that a battle of ideas, not body counts, will determine this war, writes Travers...

‘Unusual suspects challenging usual thinking on climate change’, Huffington Post, 27 November 2015

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” Twenty years ago Kevin Spacey uttered this famous line about his alter ego, Keyser Söz, in The Usual Suspects. Keyser Söz...

The Wire | 19 November 2014

Centre for Policy Development CEO, Travers McLeod, joins Shannon Kilgariff on The Wire to discuss the government’s recent decision to deny refugees who have applied for UNHCR status in Indonesia resettlement in Australia after...