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Griffith’s Centre for Governance and Public Policy is an outstanding intellectual environment for world-class research engaging international scholars and government and policy communities. We examine and critique the capacity, accountability and sustainability of the public service and government, providing insights into improved management structures. By working closely with governmental and non-governmental partners, we are making a tangible mark on governance research. Our outstanding scholarship has seen the Centre awarded numerous grants, including more than 40 ARC Discovery/DECRA grants between 2000-2017, and publication of more than 100 books in the past decade.

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On Saturday, 26 October, Professor A.J. Brown delivered the 2019 Henry Parkes Oration in Tenterfield, NSW. On the 130th anniversary of Parkes' Tenterfield Address, Professor AJ Brown presents a seven point plan for restoring public confidence in Commonwealth whistleblower protection.

Delivering his address on 'Safeguarding our Democracy'. "With recent events revealing confused and inconsistent policy and lawmaking in this area, we must act to strengthen Australia’s national systems of public integrity and accountability. This is not simply for the sake of press freedom, nor even for the sake of justice for everyday workers and officials. It is vital to safeguarding the future of Australian democracy." AJ's speech is available here.

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Congratulations to all our Centre members who have published this year.  We were honoured to have Vice Chancellor Professor Carolyn Evans officiate at the Book Launch. We acknowledged and celebrated the release of 9 books on a variety of subjects within the political science discipline. Centre authors included:

  • Duncan McDonnell
  • Tu Nguyen
  • Sara Davies
  • Huiyun Feng and Kai He
  • Xu Yi-chong
  • Luis Cabrera
  • Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh
  • Liz van Acker and Giorel Curran

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Dr Caitlin Mollica will be hosting a panel discussion, 'Agents of Change: What can youth offer peace and security?', on Wednesday 27 November 2019, 6:30-8:00pm at the Ship Inn on our South Bank campus.

Youth are central to global peace and security challenges.  In countries and regions most affected by conflict, forced displacement, risk of radicalisation and the increasingly urgent consequences of climate change, young people make up a significant portion of the population  The panel will ask how and what youth can contributie to peace and security, in the broader context of established attention to gender, securitisation of peace, and young people's already existing activism.

Caitlin will be joined by fellow panellists: Betty Barkha (Monash Gender, Peace and Security), Helen Berents (Queensland University of Technology), David Duriesmith (University of Queensland) and Jacqui True (Monday University).

This is a free event but registrations are essential.  To register please email a.macdonald@griffith.edu.au

Full details available here


Centre members, Sara Davies, Liz van Acker and Caitlin Mollica recently attended a two day Grant Writing Workshop as part of the Gender Equality Research Network program.  Participants were mentored on aspects of grant writing and enjoyed a program of information sessions from Professor Gerry Docherty, Dean Research, Arts, Education and Law Group; Dr Gayle Morris and Daina Garklavs from the Office of Research; Professor Renee Jeffery, Professor Simone Fullagar and Professor Sacha Reid from the Griffith Business School; Professor Susanne Karstedt from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Professor Elena Marchetti from Griffith Law School; and Dr Adele Pavlidis from Griffith Centre for Cultural Research.

Find out more about the group here


Professor A.J. Brown says the case for law reform to properly protect public-interest whistleblowers has never been so stark. In a new article for The Conversation he details the need for better whistleblower protections and writes that, “fundamental flaws in our (federal) laws are embarrassing everyone from the AFP to the government itself, triggering criminal investigations and charges against whistleblowers, irrespective of the public interest.” “These flaws mean fraud, corruption or criminal behaviour in any activity vaguely touched by intelligence agency functions cannot be revealed to the public, even when the same disclosure about any other agency would be protected.”

New research released by Professor Brown reinforced just how important whistleblower protection is to public integrity and regulatory systems, without which most whistleblowers won’t go public.

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Working closely with Griffith Athena Swan, the Gender Equality Research Network comprises outstanding early to mid-career research scholars in the Arts, Education and Law, and Griffith Business School disciplines.

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