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John Menadue Orations

The John Menadue Oration is CPD’s flagship event, named in honour of our founding Chairperson John Menadue AO, who was Australia’s top civil servant under Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser, before becoming Australia’s Ambassador to Japan and CEO of Qantas.

The inaugural Oration was held in 2017 to celebrate CPD’s 10th anniversary. It was delivered by former Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, who addressed the question, “Can Democracy Deliver?”.

Last year, CPD presented the second Oration at Carriageworks in Sydney, featuring the Italian-American economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato who addressed the question, “Can the State Deliver?”. Professor Mazzucato spoke to over 2000 people in Melbourne and Sydney as part of her tour.

John Menadue Oration 2020: Can Australia Deliver? | 30 March, Sydney

communications - February 2020

We are delighted to let you know that the third John Menadue Oration will be delivered by Professor Megan Davis in Sydney on 30 March 2019. Professor Megan Davis is Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). She is also an...

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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 deliver? As one who has traversed Indonesia’s now more than a decade-long transformative democratic journey – such that today it...

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