Enduring Legacy in Federalism

Griffith University has a proud and long tradition of working collaboratively with stakeholders across academia, government and community sectors on issues relating to Australia’s federation.


Report by Ian Edwards, Kiri Yapp, Sam Mackay and Professor Brendan Mackey

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was established in 2015 by the G20’s Financial Stability Board on the premise that more complete and consistent disclosure of climate-related risks would encourage better risk management by entities, resulting in a more stable financial system. Though predominantly targeted at the private sector, there is growing interest in the relevance of the TCFD framework for guiding public sector climate action.

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Advice to the 46th Parliament

Professor A J Brown lists his top five integrity and accountability issues for the 46th Parliament.

Advice to the 46th Parliment

Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA on the necessity of funding art and culture.

In the press

Explainer: national cabinet, is it democratic?

by Jennifer Menzies

Finding the right balance remains challenging for democratic leaders

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Supporting the National Cabinet

by Dr Jacob Deem and Jennifer Menzies

Recommendations to the National Cabinet of Australia

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Upcoming events

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Biig Conference | July and December 2020

Innovation Reset

Details coming soon

It’s time to think again about public sector innovation and the way we tackle the big challenges facing us today, not just in the extraordinary conditions we confront as a result of COVID-19 but also as we respond to the conditions we will face as we move beyond the epidemic itself.

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A people's federation

In 2013 the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the Centre for Governance and Public Policy partnered to deliver the first Sir Samuel Griffith Legacy Series events.

The Series drew experts and practitioners from across Australia and culminated in the creation of A People’s Federation. The book was the product of papers delivered at the Sir Samuel Griffith Series and research undertaken through the ARC Discovery project, The Devolution Paradox: Constitutional Values, Federal Political Culture and Governance Reform.

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Digital Innovation expanding students’ knowledge of Australia’s democratic processes

Ongoing research at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) shows young people are not apathetic when it comes to the future of our democracy, and are in fact very engaged and committed to advancing the direction of Australian politics.

Learning programs delivered by MoAD are giving future voters the knowledge of our democratic foundations and the skills to become active citizens. Students who are informed about and empowered in democratic participation have the skills and courage to become tomorrow’s leaders, by becoming involved in their local community, as well as being more politically aware.

90,000 students participate in MoAD’s on-site learning programs annually, but the Digital Excursion is a way to reach more students Australia wide. The Digital Excursion brings the spiritual home of Australia’s democracy, Old Parliament House directly into the classroom. In real time, Museum Educators guide students through the building, with students participating in role-play, activities and discussions about Australia’s democratic process. The program is currently free for schools, but without financial support this may not continue.

As a Supporting Partner, the Henry Parkes Foundation see the benefits of teaching as many students as possible about our unique democracy including the path to federation.

– Ian Thom, Chairman of the Foundation says,

“Henry Parkes was born into poverty and had first-hand experience of the difference that access to learning opportunities can make...With the travel restrictions enforced by the COVID-19 virus… it is even more important for MoAD to increase the capacity of its digital learning programs.”