Lucy Turnbull's public policy insights at The Mandarin launch

By The Mandarin

September 1, 2014

Lucy Turnbull
Lucy Turnbull

Former Sydney lord mayor Lucy Turnbull will discuss the challenges of public leadership, the need for officials to give “truth to power” when dealing with their political masters, and the trade-offs required to deliver major government programs, in Canberra tonight.

Turnbull is officially launching The Mandarin at the National Press Club. The event will be broadcast live online from 6.15pm AEST.

“Public administration is a very demanding profession and the challenge of working with many stakeholders to find community solutions is not well understood,” said Turnbull, who sits on The Mandarin‘s editorial advisory board.

“It is important public administrators bring ‘truth to power’, especially when dealing with contentious policies and projects. There is a trade off between cost, time and quality and you rarely achieve all three, when delivering public programs. Administrators know this and need to present these options clearly.”

Turnbull, The Mandarin publisher Tom Burton and editor Jason Whittaker will be in conversation with former Canberra television news anchor Laurie Wilson. Wilson is the president of the National Press Club.

Burton said: “The Mandarin is committed to connecting and helping the public officials of Australia to better manage the nation. It is a venue for intelligent showcasing, discussion, collaboration and learning about public work and the people and many challenges behind it.”

Whittaker said: “By providing a thoughtful and respectful venue for the discussion of policy, programs and public projects, The Mandarin enables department and agency heads and their executives to share current issues and case studies. It will highlight the challenges facing public administrators in a complex, demanding and rapidly changing world.”

A month after launching a beta website, The Mandarin is proving to be an invaluable resource for organisations, community groups and public policy professionals wanting to better understand and collaborate in the development of policy, programs and regulation.

“We are collaborating with various partners and the public sector around issues and opportunities for governments to innovate and adapt to the challenging budgetary and stakeholder environment,” said Burton.

“By working with sophisticated partners, The Mandarin hopes to deepen and develop the relationship between government and the corporate and community sectors, and their representative organisations.”

The Mandarin is the latest product from Private Media and joins a stable of leading digital news sites, including Crikey, Daily Review, Property Observer, Women’s Agenda, StartUp Smart and Smart Company.

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