Both The Honorable Kevin Rudd and Terry Moran AC are unusually thoughtful and reflective political thinkers who once held offices of greatest responsibility – Rudd as Prime Minister of Australia, and Moran as the public servant Rudd chose as Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Department.
You are invited to join them at La Trobe’s Ideas & Society Program on what is certain to be a fascinating and illuminating conversation about the governance of Australia. Professor Kerri-Lee Krause will facilitate this event.
Kevin Rudd and Terry Moran served their country during challenging times, dominated by the global financial crisis and the attempt to forge an international climate change agreement. Despite two years or more of consistent public approval, in June 2010 Rudd lost the Prime Ministership in circumstances that remain controversial. Drawing on their extensive real-world experiences, Rudd and Moran will be discussing how well Australia is governed, the major obstacles standing in the way of good government and, most importantly, how government in Australia might be improved.
Among the questions they will consider are:
- Why has trust in Australia’s political and business elites declined in recent times?
- What role does the parliament now play in the government of Australia?
- Has factionalism damaged the effectiveness of our two major political parties?
- What role does the Cabinet play?
- How effective is the Commonwealth public service?
- How far does the so-called 24/7 media cycle influence the actions of government?
- How healthy is the relationship between the Commonwealth and the state governments?
- Can fresh ideas or policies succeed in Canberra?
- Why have the past eight years of federal politics been so turbulent?
- And, most importantly, what changes are required for the governance of Australia to become more efficient, just and democratic.
To avoid disappointment book early. Interest is likely to be high. Readers of The Mandarin will receive a $10 discount.