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On a balmy Canberra evening, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Rtd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, were greeted at the steps of Old Parliament House before joining an assembly of distinguished Australians to celebrate IPAA’s 40th Anniversary as an independent national organisation.
As the Australian Government edges closer to releasing a bill for the establishment of a Commonwealth Integrity Commission, it seems timely to look back at what a former Governor-General — the Hon. Sir John Kerr KCMG KStJ QC — had to say on ‘The Ethics of Public Office’ in his 1974 Garran Oration.
The Institute of Public Administration Australia has quietly reached a historic milestone — its 40th Anniversary as an independent national organisation — which will be celebrated at a function on 18 February 2020 at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House.
The December 2019 issue of The Australian Journal of Public Administration published a ‘controversy’ by two academics who examined submissions made to the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service to assess whether, and how, organisations had considered gender equality.
Satya Nadella is a man who has reached the absolute peak of his profession. Last month the Microsoft CEO joined David Thodey AO in a wide-ranging conversation in the Great Hall at Parliament House in Canberra. He spoke with an audience of Australia’s most senior public service, professional service networks and tech firms.
On a late Spring evening, in the old-world splendour of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Mr Michael Manthorpe PSM, Deputy President and Board Member of IPAA ACT and Commonwealth Ombudsman, introduced Mr David W. Kalisch to make his final public address as the 15th Australian Statistician.
The 2019 Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management were announced by the Hon Ben Morton MP, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, at a ceremony held on Wednesday evening at Parliament House in Canberra.
The Williams Oration recognises the extraordinary contribution of Ms Helen Williams AC to public administration in Australia. The 2019 Williams Oration was delivered by Dr Megan Clark AC, Head of the Australian Space Agency, who took the opportunity ‘to go behind the curtain’ and share the thinking behind Australia’s first space agency which commenced operations in July 2018.
Mr Alexander Lau delivered an inspiring keynote address at the 2019 IPAA National Conference held in Darwin last month. Mr Lau — the Principal Design Lead with the Singapore Government’s Innovation Lab — unpacked some recent successes to innovating service delivery in the Singapore Public Service, and highlighted some of the unexpected lessons they learned from stress testing low cost prototypes before scaling up.
On a bright spring day in early September, Secretary of The Treasury and new IPAA ACT President Dr Stephen Kennedy thanked Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC, the outgoing Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, for what he described as a “truly remarkable speech”.