The recent media cycle seems vicious, with numerous scandals, reports and investigations shedding light on corruption, rorts, pork-barrelling, secret ministries, and jobs for mates.
Yet, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer revealed that trust across all Australian institution — business, government, media — reached an all time high since the survey began. More recently, it appears that the trust bubble has burst, with the Edelman survey revealing sharp declines in trust across the board.
We are extremely fortunate to have The Hon Stephen Charles AO QC (Centre for Public Integrity; former Victoria Court of Appeal judge) and Danielle Wood (CEO, Grattan Institute) to lead a timely conversation about the state of Australian politics and democracy and how we might let the sunshine in and strengthen public integrity.
Danielle Wood is the CEO of the Grattan Institute, a non-partisan think tank providing independent, rigorous and practical solutions to some of Australia's most pressing problems. She has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, generational inequality and reforming political institutions. She is a sought-after media commentator and speaker on policy issues.
Danielle previously worked at the ACCC, NERA Economic Consulting, and the Productivity Commission and is the National President of the Economic Society of Australia and co-founder and former Chair of the Women in Economics Network. Danielle holds an Honours degree in Economics (University of Adelaide) and Masters degrees in Economics and Competition Law (University of Melbourne).
After a career at the Victorian Bar and as an appeal judge in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Stephen Charles is now a board member of the Accountable Round Table and the Centre for Public Integrity. He has been for many years an advocate for the creation of a federal anti-corruption watchdog.
With Catherine Williams he has written Keeping Them Honest - the case for a genuine national integrity commission and other democratic reforms.
We look foward to you joining us for this timly conversation at Library at The Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008.
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