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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.

Image credit: Election Day at Davis research station, 2019 © Greg Stone /Australian Antarctic Division

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PROTECTION OF WHISTLEBLOWERS VITAL DURING COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis demonstrates a growing demand for strong public accountability and the importance of whistleblower protection, according to the Centre’s public integrity expert Professor AJ Brown.  He has contributed to a global statement written in response to dramatic mistakes by officials and authorities in their knee jerk reactions to the pandemic.  Coalition to Make Whistleblowing Safe During COVID-19 and Beyond is supported by more than 50 organisations and experts worldwide.

The current situation reminds us that public sector whistleblower legislation are lagging behind in Australia, with law reform already overdue in the federal parliament, and many State parliaments as this crisis continues.

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NEW PODCAST: THE GENDER CARD ON CORONAVIRUS

The worldwide health implications of the coronavirus pandemic are well known and discussed at length. But what are the ramifications for society, as countries grapple with the many dilemmas we face battling the disease's spread? Professor Sara Davies asks us to consider these impacts on the wider community, saying it's not just health experts who should be at the decision-making table.

Her research and books such as Containing Contagion focus on how humans face immense challenges such as massive disease outbreaks. Professor Davies as also recently published in The Lancet with colleague Asha Herton-Crabb, Why WHO (World Health Organisation) needs a feminist economic agenda.

Read her article here.

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PATHWAYS TO POLITICS FOR WOMEN PROGRAM

Centre member Dr Liz van Acker recently collaborated with QUT's Pathways to Politics for Women program on 6 March. In Australia, women are under-represented across all levels of government, business, civil society and positions of influence. Despite their proven ability as leaders and their right to participate equally in democratic governance, women still face many obstacles to participating in political life. The Pathways to Politics for Women program is a nonpartisan initiative which aims to increase female participation in all levels of governments. The women gain skills about how to run for public office and thrive as political leaders.

The program featured guest presenters from across the political spectrum including politicians (both sitting and retired), pollsters, public speaking professionals, campaign strategists, advisors, public policy experts, and leading figures in Australian political and public life. Liz presented two sessions: the first on policy making and another one covering a case study and class activities with the participants.

THE MINEFIELD PODCAST

Professor AJ Brown recently spoke with ABC's Waleed Ally and Scott Stephens on the Minefield Podcast Series on Why does Democracy Demand transparency? This is such a timely discussion with the focus on the way that federal grants for local sports clubs were allocated and distributed in the lead up to the 2019 federal election has come under intense public scrutiny. The conduct of the Minister who oversaw the grants scheme, Bridget McKenzie, was severely criticised by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO).  The way that the Federal Government dismissed the report of the auditor-general — relying instead on an assessment conducted by Mr Morrison’s former chief of staff, Phil Gaetjens, and legal advice from the federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, neither of which has been made public — is alarming. This response to the findings of an independent public servant seems to be of a piece with the Prime Minister’s habit of brushing off scrutiny by relegating it to the self-interested world of the "Canberra bubble".

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STRENGTHENING INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT TO IMPROVE INDIGENOUS LIVELIHOODS

Congratulations to Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh and Professor Thierry Rodon (Laval University in Quebec) who have received $110,000 in funding to carry out their research on implementation of agreements between Indigenous people and industry.The grant received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, via its Knowledge Network on Mining Encounters and Indigenous Sustainable Livelihoods, will fund Ciaran and Thierry's research project 'Realising Indigenous rights: Effective implementation of agreements between Indigenous Peoples and the extractive industry'. The project is supported by Indigenous organisations including Ely Mine Beneficiaries Trust, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Conseil de la Nation Innu de Matimekush-Lac John. These organisations will provide access to research data and sites, and will make immediate and practical use of the research team's findings

GENDER EQUALITY RESEARCH NETWORK

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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Find out about our PhD and research degree opportunities with the Centre for Governance and Public Policy.

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The Centre for Governance and Public Policy hosts visiting scholars from across Australia and the world for its seminar series, with current issues addressed and dissected.

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