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A Note from the Director 

DirectorswordWelcome to the last newsletter for 2019, which shows once more the world class scholarship and impressive impact and engagement of Centre members. We’re also delighted to congratulate our newest graduate, Dr Morgan Rees on his doctorate.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank to our outstanding Centre professional staff, Dr Paula Cowan and Angela MacDonald for their dedication and excellence.

Finally, from all of us, happy holidays and best wishes for an exciting 2020.

Professor Andrew O'Neil Appointed to ARC College of Experts

Copy of Andrew-Oneil-200pxCongratulations to Dean (Research) Professor Andrew O'Neil who has been appointed to the Australian Research Council College of Experts for 2020.
Andrew's appointment to the College is testament to the esteem in which he is held.

His research is in the field of Political Science specialising in International Relations, and his recent publications are in the areas of nuclear policy, strategic developments in Asia, and alliance management. Andrew is the lead CI on a current Discovery Project (2019-2021) that investigates the dynamics of the Australia-US alliance since the 1950s.

Agents of Change: What can Youth Offer Peace and Security? 

Agents_of_changeDr Caitlin Mollica will be hosting a panel discussion, 'Agents of Change: What can youth offer peace and security?', on Wednesday 27 November 2019 at our South Bank campus.

Youth are central to global peace and security challenges. In countries and regions most affected by conflict, forced displacement, risk of radicalisation and the increasingly urgent consequences of climate change, young people make up a significant portion of the population The panel will ask how and what youth can contribute to peace and security, in the broader context of established attention to gender, securitisation of peace, and young people's already existing activism.

Caitlin will be joined by fellow panellists: Betty Barkha (Monash Gender, Peace and Security), Helen Berents (Queensland University of Technology), David Duriesmith (University of Queensland) and Jacqui True (Monash University).

2019 Book Launch 

BookLaunch2019Congratulations to all our Centre members who have published this year. We were honoured to have Vice Chancellor Professor Carolyn Evans officiate the Centre’s Annual Book Launch.

We acknowledged and celebrated the release of nine books on a variety of subjects within the political science and international relations disciplines.

This year's Centre authors included:
Duncan McDonnell, Tu Nguyen, Sara Davies, Huiyun Feng and Kai He, Xu Yi-chong, Luis Cabrera, Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh, Liz van Acker and Giorel Curran.  To learn more about our members publications please go to our publications page at the link below.

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Submission to Senate Inquiry 

200x200_PaulineHansonCGPP Deputy Director, Professor Duncan McDonnell and his colleague from University of Queensland, Glenn Kefford, recently made a submission to the Senate Inquiry on nationhood, national identity and democracy.

In it, they discussed the reasons why right-wing populism had been less successful in Australia than in most other Western democracies, arguing in particular that the lack of capable Australian populist leaders was a key difference. Their submission was extensively discussed in a Guardian Australia article on 18 November.  Find out more about Duncan's research below. (Photograph: Mick Tiskas/AAP)

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2019 Henry Parkes Oration

AJ_Oration_200x200 copyIn October, Professor A.J. Brown delivered the 2019 Henry Parkes Oration in Tenterfield, NSW. On the 130th anniversary of Parkes' Tenterfield Address, Professor Brown presented a seven point plan for restoring public confidence in Commonwealth whistleblower protection.
Delivering his address on 'Safeguarding our Democracy' Professor Brown commented, "With recent events revealing confused and inconsistent policy and lawmaking in this area, we must act to strengthen Australia’s national systems of public integrity and accountability. This is not simply for the sake of press freedom, nor even for the sake of justice for everyday workers and officials. It is vital to safeguarding the future of Australian democracy."   Find Professor Brown's full speech and a link to the Big Ideas Radio program below.

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What Makes Good and Efficient Public Policy 

Patapan_VietnamProfessor Haig Patapan recently examined the question 'Should bureaucrats pursue the public good, even if it means opposing elected leaders?' at the Vietnam Symposium on Leadership and Public Policy, Ho Chi Minh City.

The event organised by the Association of Vietnamese Sciences and Experts and the Academy of Politics was an excellent opportunity to promote and collaborate on research initiatives on leadership and public policy.

Find out more about Haig's research at the link below.

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Brexit and the Disruption of Government in the UK

Pat Weller copyProfessor Patrick Weller presented his insights into the effects of the ongoing Brexit saga on the government of the United Kingdom at the AIIA (Australian Institute of International Affairs) Queensland.

Despite the ever-changing situation on Brexit, Pat spoke of the casualties of Britain’s once envied  democracy, from the now broken core of Westminster to its almost unrecognisable parliamentary conventions. Brexit and PM Boris Johnson have challenged the effectiveness of these once obligatory and binding conventions. Among the results is a Prime Minister who has rewritten the book on what we expect from Prime Ministers, a judicial system that is worryingly encroaching on political behaviour, and the failure of the UK’s collaborative government to practice self-restraint.

Social Sciences Week 2019 

Cliff_IndigenousVoicesIndigenous voices and cultural integrity in Australia was showcased in the 2019 Social Sciences Week event presented by the School of Government and International Relations (SGIR), Griffith University’s Indigenous Research Unit (IRU), and the Centre for Governance and Public Policy (CGPP). An expert panel drawn from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities explored how cultural voice can be utilised and embedded within the community as a whole.

The panel discussed how cultural voice is expressed and utilised to influence public policies and outcomes at the inter-face between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia.  We were joined by panellists Phillip Brooks, Uncle Bill Buchanan, Natalie Lewis and Clinton Shultz.  The event was MC’d by CGPP/SGIR PhD students Bart Stanford and Julie Ballangarry, and Dr Heron Loban from Griffith Law School presented a reflection on behalf of Professor Boni Robertson, from the Indigenous Research Unit.  Watch the presentation in the link below.

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