2018 Peter Karmel Forum

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Experts? Who needs ‘em? – Promoting the Value of Expertise in Decision-Making in Australia’s Future

Wednesday 12 September 2018 

Doors open at 12 noon for 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Light lunch served immediately after

National Portrait Gallery
Terrace Rm 1, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600


Sarah Burr – Senior Adviser, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet


Linda Botterill – FASSA, Professor, School of Government & Policy, UC



Carolyn Hendriks – Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU


Deborah Lupton – FASSA, Professor, Faculty of Arts & Design, UC


Michael Wesley – Professor & Dean, College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU

British MP Michael Gove recently said, “I think the people have had enough of experts with organisations from acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong”. With integrity and trust in institutions at an all-time low, his comments reflect a society feeling fed up with experts who are out-of-touch.

This forum seeks to examine how experts can effect positive change and remain relevant in a post-truth society. What can we do to ensure those with the power to make the decisions that will shape our future are equipped with the necessary knowledge and research (particularly in relation to the social sciences) to give our nation the best shot and restore public confidence?

For more information please contact ASSA Public Engagement Manager,
Ms Sunny Hutson | E. Sunny.Hutson@assa.edu.au | T. 02 6249 1788

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