Globalists or nationalists: who will shape the future in an era of distrust?

We live in times of uncertainty, where escalating political divisiveness has led some to call for a new paradigm to bridge the divide between two seemingly opposing perspectives: Globalists and Nationalists.

Will the next generation of leaders – and citizens – be able to build a more cohesive world? Who will take the lead? And what will the future look like? Our expert panel will debate this issue and provide their views on one of the most controversial debates of our generation.

Q&A with:

Professor Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA, Chancellor, The Australian National University

Dr Parag Khanna, Global Strategist, National University of Singapore

Professor Helen Sullivan, Director, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

Dr Andrew Charlton, Director, Alpha Beta Advisors

Ms Yassmin Abdel Magied, Engineer and Social Advocate, Youth without Borders

Facilitated by:

Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Deputy Director, Bell School of Asia Pacific, Affairs, The Australian National University

This event was part of the 2017 Future Shapers Forum. This forum brings together the capable, innovative and engaged next generation of Australian leaders to develop professionally and to build networks.

Future Shapers is an initiative of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, The Australian National University and is supported by the Crawford Australian Leadership Forum, Australian National University.

More information about the 2017 Future Shapers Forum: http://www.futureshapers.org.au/

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Has economic liberalism run into a dead end?

Wilson Dialogues – May 30 2017

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating recently declared that liberal economics no longer holds the answers to our problems. Is this the case? If so, what new paradigm is needed to lift the world economy out of its current malaise? If not, what needs to be done to revitalise economies and societies? And what does all this mean for Australia and the Australian Public Service?

Hosted by Professor Bruce Chapman AM, inaugural SRW Chair of Economics, our expert panel addressed these questions and provided their views on one of the most controversial debates of our time.

Professor Bruce Chapman AM is the inaugural Sir Roland Wilson Chair of Economics. He has extensive experience in public policy having helped design the HECS policy, as a senior economic adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating, and as an adviser to the World Bank, the OECD and the governments of a large number of countries.

Dr Ken Henry AC is the Chair of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation. He served as the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury from 2001 to 2011 and was Chair of both the Howard Government’s Taxation Taskforce (1997-1998) and the Review into Australia’s Future Tax System commissioned by the Rudd Government (2008-09). He is currently the Chair of the National Australia Bank.

Ms Laura Tingle is political editor of the Australian Financial Review. She won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2004, and Walkley awards in 2005 and 2011. In 2010 she was shortlisted for the John Button Prize for political writing. She appears regularly on Radio National’s Late Night Live and ABC-TV’s Insiders.

Professor Helen Sullivan is the Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Prior to this position, she was Professor and Director of the Melbourne School of Government. Professor Sullivan has also held leadership roles in the United Kingdom, and is an internationally-recognised expert in democratic accountability and the evaluation of government policy.

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What’s next on the horizon? Post-budget policy analysis

Sir Roland Wilson Public Annual Budget Forum – May 25 2017


As in previous years, the Sir Roland Wilson’s post-budget policy analysis provided a unique opportunity to discuss the impact of the 2017-18 federal budget. With experts from academia and the public policy community, this year’s panel offered their views on the budget’s contribution to Australia’s upcoming domestic and global challenges.

Speakers included:

Mr Peter Davidson
Senior Advisor, Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

Dr John Hewson
Former leader of the Opposition & Chair, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Prof Miranda Stewart
Director, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Ms Lenore Taylor
Editor, The Guardian Australia and former chief political correspondent, The Sydney Morning Herald

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Updated:  6 July 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Foundation Director/ Page Contact:  Sir Roland Wilson Foundation