Dunstan Oration

In 1998, the South Australian Division of IPAA initiated the Don Dunstan Oration on Public Administration, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public life.

Don Dunstan graduated with a law degree from the University of Adelaide in 1948. He practised law in Fiji and Adelaide and was appointed QC in 1965. He became involved with the Labor Party, successfully standing for the House of Assembly in 1953. Under the Walsh Government, Dunstan was Attorney-General and Minister of Community Welfare and Aboriginal Affairs. He became Labor Leader and Premier of SA after the retirement of Frank Walsh. Although defeated in the 1968 election, Dunstan was re-elected Premier in 1970, retiring from politics in 1979.


Combet, Greg

2014 Dunstan Oration


Crabb, Annabel

2013 Dunstan Oration


Spencer, Raymond

Culture and Performance in the Public Sector

2012 Dunstan Oration


Weatherill, The Hon. Premier Jay

2011 Dustan Oration


Westacott, Jennifer

Future and Focus of the South Australian Public Sector

2010 Dunstan Oration


Moran, Terry AO

The fundamental tasks of the Australian Public Service – to advise on public policy

2009 Dunstan Oration


Longstaff, Dr Simon

Ethics and aesthetics in public administration

2008 Dunstan Oration


Beazley, The Hon. Kim, MP

A Nation Building Role for the Public Service

2006 Dunstan Oration


Shergold, Dr Peter, AM

“The Need to Wield a Crowbar”: Political Will and Public Service

2005 Dunstan Oration


O’Kane, Prof Mary

The Dunstan Oration

1999 Dunstan Oration


Dunstan, Don

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