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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 is intended to provoke public discussion on a particular policy of Australian government, the policy making process itself, or comparisons of policies or policy processes found in Australia with those found in other jurisdictions. 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 in 2013 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’.

2019 Peter Karmel Forum

Understanding Politics and Policy through a Values Lens This forum will discuss the insights that can be gained from thinking about politics and policy through a values lens.  Our lives are guided by sets of values that underpin our evaluations of good and bad, right and wrong, and what should or should not be.  These […]

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2018 Peter Karmel Forum

Forum Video Uploaded 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 Featuring: Sarah Burr – Senior Adviser, Department […]

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Peter Karmel Forum 2017-Social Science Research: Making its mark on Australia

The Australian Government, through the Australian Research Council and the Department of Education and Training is assessing how universities are translating their research into economic, social and other benefits and how to incentivize greater collaboration between universities, industry and other end-users of research. This Engagement and Impact Assessment is being piloted in 2017 to test […]

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Peter Karmel Forum 2017- Can Good Policy Rescue Politics?

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 […]

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Peter Karmel Forum 2015- Creating an Overarching Retirement Income Policy Framework

2015 Peter Karmel Panel Discussion is a Free Public Event, however, booking is essential.

The Peter Karmel Panel Discussion is being organised in conjunction with Committee for Sustainable Retirement Incomes (CSRI), as part of their two day event: Sustainable Retirement Incomes Leadership Forum, on 2nd and 3rd June 2015 at Hyatt Hotel Canberra. (The two day CSRI event is at a charge)

Link to the CSRI Event: CSRI event

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