Decentralisation and Democratic Renewal – ANU-CPD POLICY DIALOGUE
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Can decentralisation boost our regions and improve Australia’s democracy, or does it result in higher costs and poorer governance? That’s the focus of the first ANU-CPD Policy Dialogue of 2018, which will consider the extent to which decentralisation can spur growth, better government, and improved human services across Australia.
The roundtable is timely given the Federal Government’s recent decentralisation push and new CPD research on Australia’s democracy, undertaken in partnership with Essential and the ANU’s Professor Glenn Withers AO. A key discovery of that research was community support for more decentralisation: 75 percent of Australians are in favour of embedding the public sector in major cities and regions.
The interactive roundtable will commence with opening remarks by Mark Birrell (former Chair of Infrastructure Australia), Simon Pryor (Executive Director Policy, Business Council of Australia), Nadine Flood (National Secretary, Community and Public Sector Union), and Professor Glenn Withers (Professor of Economics, ANU).
The roundtable will be an opportunity for leaders from government, business, civil society, academia and the media to discuss the opportunities and risks of decentralisation.