2015

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Professor Alan Auerbach

Sir Roland Wilson Public Lecture April 15 2015

Auerbach Wilson Lecture

Advanced countries around the world face increasing income and wealth inequality and the fiscal pressures of population ageing. Some would address these problems through sharp increases in the taxation of capital income and wealth, but such proposals confront the reality of capital mobility and international tax competition. This lecture will address the challenge of taxing capital in the current environment, drawing on recent research to suggest approaches that might succeed where others fail.

Alan Auerbach is the Director of the Robert D Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance. He came to Berkeley in 1994 following faculty positions at Harvard, where he completed his PhD in Economics, and the University of Pennsylvania. Auerbach’s current research interests include corporate taxation, population ageing and fiscal imbalances, and the effects of tax cuts during the GW Bush presidency. Professor Auerbach, who has been honored as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the US Joint Committee on Taxation (1992), and has chaired the Department of Economics on two occasions.

Professor Auerbach is being hosted by the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific. This lecture is jointly presented by the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific.

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Mr Michael Pezzullo

Sir Roland Wilson Public Lecture April 21 2015

Michael Pezzullo highlighted that immigration is a matter for national governments, and will discuss how successive governments within Australia have
both built and shaped the nation, in part through the management of immigration.
In reflecting on the past and looking to the future, Mr Pezzullo will offer his analysis and insights into the challenges and opportunities of the increasing international movement of people in a globalised world.

Michael Pezzullo was appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
in October 2014. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS). Mr Pezzullo joined ACBPS as the Chief Operating Officer in July 2009, having been the Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence—a position to which he was appointed in January 2006. Between February 2008 and May 2009 Mr Pezzullo led the Defence White Paper team and was also the principal author of the 2009 Defence White Paper.

Mr Pezzullo has a BA (Hons) in History from Sydney University.

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Mr John Howard

Sir Roland Wilson Annual Oration May 6 2015

John Howard: Sir Roland Wilson Annual Oration video

The role of the public service in Australian government is to work responsively with the popularly elected government, serving as advisors and implementers of government policy. In many ways, Prime Minister Menzies established the pattern of relationships between elected governments and the public service in Australian government. It is timely to reflect on that Menzies model, to identify the secrets of success but also to recognise generational changes in the partnerships between ministers and public servants. Menzies operated in an era when there was little alternative advice to Ministers, from that of the public service. Menzies crafted a form of national governance where ministers knew they could rely on the public service to advise where necessary and to implement when directed.

Sir Roland Wilson had a long association with Prime Minister Menzies, including as Secretary of Treasury from 1951 to 1966 and during the war years as Secretary of Labour and National Service, whose primary responsibilities included post war reconstruction. But now, nearly fifty years after the retirement of Australia’s longest-serving prime minister, politicians and public servants can benefit from guidance on their relationships of shared responsibility in the ideal governance framework.
Menzies understood the underlying ‘spirit of the laws’ which could nurture the right sort of leadership partnership between politicians and administrators, with the public service managed as a valuable public instrument for many of the core businesses of government.

How can we today restate Menzies’ public philosophy about the important but limited role of the public service, with a capacity to contribute to national policy leadership under the direction of elected government led by prime ministers who often have a public mandate to make the system of government work more productively?

Peter Dwyer

Professor Peter Dwyer

Sir Roland Wilson Public Lecture September 17 2015

Justifying conditionality

Welfare conditionality is about linking welfare rights to ‘responsible’ behaviour. Within and beyond the UK, the use of conditional welfare arrangements that combine elements of sanction and support which aim to ‘correct’ the ‘problematic’ behaviour of certain recipients of welfare is now well established and is currently embedded in a broad range of policy arenas including unemployment and disability benefit systems.

Professor Peter Dwyer is one of the leading thinkers on welfare conditionality in the UK. He will offer some early findings from the five year ESRC funded ‘Welfare Conditionality—Sanctions, Support and Behaviours Change’ project. The lecture will set out the extent to which welfare conditionality has become a key component of the UK welfare state and then explore the ways in which key informants seek to justify or oppose its use in a range of welfare settings.

For more information about Professor Peter Dwyer’s research, please go to: www.welfareconditionality.ac.uk

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