It’s widely accepted that good policy should be based on a careful analysis of the very best evidence. Australia has a strong record in this regard. But in a ‘post truth’ world, it is clear that evidence-based policy making has fallen on hard times. Instead populist, short term political agendas seem to be guiding policy discussions […]
The Peter Karmel Lecture in Public Policy honours the late Professor Peter Karmel AC, CBE (1922–2008), who had a profound impact on higher education and public policy in Australia over many decades. Professor Karmel was President of the Academy from 1987–1990. The lecture, which was presented for the first time in 2013, is intended to provoke public discussion of a particular policy of an Australian government, the policy-making process itself, or comparisons of policies or policy processes found in Australia with those found in other jurisdiction. The Academy therefore welcomes attendance at the Peter Karmel Lecture by policy makers government agency staff and the general public. The inaugural Peter Karmel Lecture in Public Policy was presented by Professor Gary Banks AO, FASSA, Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government on the theme ‘Public inquiries and public policy: some reflections’.