Publications

Re-imagining Australia: Migration, culture, diversity

Practical suggestions on the challenges and opportunities ahead


Outline of Australia drawn in red dirtThis publication gathers together 11 essays from leading academics and practitioners that look at particular aspects of ethnic pluralism in Australia. For instance, the inclusion of diverse voices in national democratic politics is an important issue in understanding whether, or how far, ethnicity acts as a source of political division in Australia.

The publication follows on from former WA Premier Geoff Gallop’s Inaugural Laki Jayasuriya Oration (March 2020).

Re-imagining Australia: Migration, culture, diversity (PDF 0.8MB)

2020 Inaugural Laki Jayasuriya Oration

Democracy, Human Rights and Multiculturalism: Can there be consensus?

The inaugural Laki Jayasuriya Oration was delivered by The Honourable Geoff Gallop, AC FIPAA, former Premier of Western Australia and Emeritus Professor of the University of Sydney.

The oration was created in honour of Emeritus Professor Laksiri (Laki) Jayasuriya (1931-2018) who was an intellectual, policy and campaigning pioneer. Having first arrived at The University of Sydney in the 1950s, he had an extraordinary career in academia, working at the interface of government and community organisations.

2020 Laki Jayasuriya Oration (PDF 5MB)

Let Every Stage Advance

Policy Ideas for Australia’s Fiftieth Parliament


Parliament House

Let Every Stage Advance: Policy Ideas for Australia’s Fiftieth Parliament contains 11 short essays from newly elected federal MPs andSenators, on the topic of a policy idea whose time is yet to come. The project has sought to engage with politicians, at the start of their parliamentary careers, on long-term public policy challenges that face our nation over the next 15 years.

Let Every Stage Advance (PDF 1MB)

Big Issues for Western Australia


Perth

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)

 

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)

From workplace stress to workplace wellness: An assessment of the health and well-being of local government Chief Executive Officers in Western Australia


Board room meeting

Local government Chief Executive Officers across the State of Western Australia are facing unprecedented levels of work-related stress. This report documents, for the first time ever, their previously hidden afflictions. Using a multi-method approach to data collection, researchers employed inductive focus groups, abductive in-depth qualitative interviews and deductive quantitative survey research to shine an important light not only on the extent of their distress, but also on the relevant antecedents and effects.

This report was prepared for Local Government Professionals Australia WA.

From workplace stress to workplace wellness (PDF 5.5MB)

Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity | UWA Capability Statement


UWA Winthrop Hall

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)