John Menadue AO

John Menadue was Private Secretary to Gough Whitlam as leader of the Labor Party from 1960 to 1967. He then served seven years as General Manager of News Limited, Sydney. He headed the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 1974 to 1976, working for Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser. After four years as Ambassador to Japan, he returned to Australia in 1980 to head the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. He was CEO of Qantas between 1986 and 1989. He has chaired major Health reviews in NSW and SA. John was the founding chair of CPD. He co-authored the 2011 CPD report on the asylum-seeker and refugee debate,  A New Approach with Kate Gauthier and Arja Keski-Nummi. Read his articles for the CPD here and read his blog at