Big Issues for Western Australia
Big Issues for Western Australia gets opinion formers to look at concerns that are vital for the future success of the state’s economy, communities, public services and social cohesion. Contributors are focused on old and new problems, fresh ideas and approaches, and crucially, the use of evidence and expertise to set policy choices, drawing on examples of what works elsewhere that can have traction in WA.
Big Issues for Western Australia (PDF 1.07MB)
Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity | UWA Capability Statement
In February 2019, the WA Government published ‘Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity’. This contained the essential story of how government would seek to build better outcomes for the people of our state.
To achieve that goal requires knowledge, expertise and know-how. It requires better and timely use of the capabilities of The University of Western Australia. Making a genuine difference to the six pillars of ‘Our Priorities’ is of great importance to UWA, and we have created our response to the government's initial statement.
Our Priorities - UWA Capability Statement (PDF 0.6MB)
2019 Reid Oration
This year’s lecture was delivered by The Honourable Geoff Gallop, AC FIPAA, former Premier of Western Australia and Emeritus Professor of the University of Sydney. In his scintillating speech, Professor Gallop examined the case for political reform and the culture of political activism in Australia based on the radical agenda around constitutional change, and drew on the examples of the referendum on the Australian Republic, the campaigns for legally protected rights and liberties and, finally, indigenous recognition.
2019 Reid Oration (PDF 3.4MB)
The warming climate for University Policy Institutes
Fifteen years ago universities felt themselves pushed into the shadows of a network of agile thinktanks when it came to influencing public policy.Read more
Translating, timing and trust: view from the Institute at King’s
Bobby Duffy reflects on this initial spell heading up the Policy Institute at King’s, London.Read more
How realistic is it to think that robust evidence drives policy?
Stephen Meek paints a highly nuanced picture of the practice of policymaking and his observations will help academics refine what the challenge of policy engagement actually is.Read more
- Professor Stephen Smith, Chair of Advisory Board
- Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar
- The Honourable Colin Barnett MLA
- Professor Gordon Flake
- Professor Dawn Freshwater, PhD Nott, BA (Hons) Man, FRCN, RN, RNT, DipPsych, GAICD
- Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence
- Ms Jennifer Lawrence
- Mr Shivshankar Menon
- Dr Marty Natalegawa
- Mr David Norman
- Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng
- Professor Shamit Saggar