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Jim Carlton was closely involved in the establishment of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, just one of his many contributions to high level policy advice and skilled administration. He was a Cabinet Minister in John Howard’s government, then became CEO of the Australian Red Cross and, later, a member of the Accountability Round Table (ART).
Recent reports worry about the diminishing role of the public service in providing ‘frank and fearless’ independent advice to governments. For the Australian Public Service, major concerns include integrity and job security, concerns about loss of policy capacity, the ascendency of consultants over public service advice, and a drift of influence to ministerial staff who work without the accountability of the public sector.
This year Professor Glyn Davis AC will deliver the Jim Carlton Annual Integrity Lecture. In this lecture, Glyn will challenge us to rethink the loss of capability in our public agencies, and the consequences for integrity and informed debate in and beyond Parliament - all subjects Jim Carlton cared about passionately.
This lecture will draw on Glyn’s recent experience as a member of the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service, commissioned by Prime Minister Turnbull and reporting late in 2019 as Our Public Service Our Future.
How to register:
The Jim Carlton Annual Integrity Lecture will be held in hybrid format this year, allowing participants to attend in-person or online via Zoom. To comply with the University’s “Covid-safe” event requirements, our venue capacity will be restricted to 100, so those who wish to attend in-person are encouraged to register early. If you are interested in attending in-person, please register here. or click the “book now” button above.
Attendance instructions will be provided via the confirmation email. We ask that you please read these instructions carefully and comply with the required directives prior to attending the lecture.
If you wish to participate online, or have missed out on in-person registration, you may register to attend the lecture via Zoom here. Zoom details will be provided via confirmation email. To receive Zoom details, please ensure you select “I will attend” on the registration form.
We ask those who attend via Zoom to keep your audio muted throughout the lecture. Once the presentation has finished, the chair will open the lecture for a Q&A, where both online and in-person participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.
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In March 2021, Australia led the world in establishing the mandatory News Media Bargaining Code to force Google and Facebook to pay for the journalism it republishes to attract viewers and advertising. This development has long-term implications for digital platforms and the sustainability of the news media as well as for concepts of knowledge-sharing in an open society. Some argue that this legislation entrenches the power of existing media outlets by monetising content and therefore threatens the very freedom of the internet, while others argue that it will continue the work of democratizing access to quality journalism and information sharing. Who should own knowledge content on global tech platforms? How can, or should, global media giants be made accountable? How is the media landscape changing under the influence of new threats and controls?
The implications of Australia’s contribution to this extraordinary new public policy will be discussed by a panel of industry leaders and media insiders, including:
Professor Jeff Jarvis, The Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York
Dan Stinton, the Managing Director of Guardian Australia
Lizzie O’Shea, the Chair of Digital Rights Watch
Via Zoom: Please register via the link to attend online: https://unimelb.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ebyYuGFRTpimdKDvlX5Fkg
In person: All panellists will present online, but you can join us and watch the webinar on the big screen on Level 2 of the Digital Studio, West Wing of Arts West (Building 148) via the rear lift. There will also be coffee and post-discussion chats after the webinar. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you plan to attend in person.