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Democratic Renewal


There is plenty of evidence to suggest democracy is in trouble. In Australia, more people are losing trust in our public institutions and processes. Business and civil society are viewed mistrustfully as well. Australians think their system increasingly fails to provide them a better quality of life, and there is growing indifference to democracy versus other forms of governance. We need to find ways to arrest these negative trends and restore the public’s confidence in its democratic system.

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On a mission to save democracy | CPD Op-Ed

Travers McLeod - December 2018

Published in Inside Story on 7 December 2018 – Travers McLeod, Sam Hurley and Allison Orr Last week, former prime minister John Howard played down the Liberal Party’s hammering in the Victorian election by...

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Decentralisation and Democratic Renewal | ANU-CPD POLICY DIALOGUE | March 2018

communications - April 2018

On 29 March 2018, CPD and ANU invited leaders from government, business, civil society, academia and the media to discuss the question ‘can decentralisation boost our regions and improve Australia’s...

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A Creeping Indigenous Separation | DISCUSSION PAPER | February 2018

communications - February 2018

In a Class of Their Own series – Part 1 Over the past two years, CPD has highlighted inequity in the funding of Australia’s schools and a growing concentration of...

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What Do Australians Want? Active and Effective Government Fit for the Ages | DISCUSSION PAPER | December 2017

communications - December 2017

Today CPD releases its latest research – a new discussion paper called “What do Australian’s Want? Active and Effective Government Fit for the Ages.” This paper draws on new attitudes...

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How can Australia’s Democracy Deliver? | ROUNDTABLE | November 2017

communications - November 2017

Key documents for the roundtable: Full agenda Participant list Participant profiles Speakers: Dr Nikolas Kirby (Research Fellow and Departmental Lecturer in Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Oxford, and Director of...

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Can Democracy Deliver? | John Menadue Oration by Marty Natalegawa | November 2017

communications - November 2017

CPD’s Inaugural Annual John Menadue Oration – “Can Democracy Deliver?” Remarks by Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa[1] Melbourne, 2 November 2017 Listen to an audio recording of the full oration here. “Can democracy...

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John Menadue Oration by Marty Natalegawa | 2 November 2017 | Melbourne

communications - October 2017

CPD’s Inaugural Annual John Menadue Oration – “Can Democracy Deliver?” Remarks by Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa[1] Melbourne, 2 November 2017 Listen to an audio recording of the full oration here. “Can democracy...

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Why trust matters in our democracy – Conversation with Charlie Leadbeater | ROUNDTABLE | June 2017

Luisa Boll - June 2017

    On Wednesday, 7 June 2017, CPD was excited to host our special guest Charlie Leadbeater for a roundtable on the topic of  “Why trust matters for our democracy”. ...

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Australia faces growing inequity and disadvantage in our schools. Our education system is separating into a hierarchy of advantaged and over-funded schools at the top end, and disadvantaged, under-funded schools at the bottom.

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Ensuring that newly arrived refugees settle effectively into their new local communities across Australia offers a range of great benefits to our society and economy.

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Fundamental to an active and effective government that is fit for purpose in the 21st century is strengthening the capabilities of our public sector.

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CPD has a track record of research into the effectiveness of employment services.

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