Murdoch Young Professionals event with Nicole Lockwood

Mon 22nd October 2018 | 5.30pm - 7.30pm | Launchpad, Library, Murdoch University

Murdoch Young Professionals would like to invite students and young professionals between 18 and 35 years old to attend their next event featuring Nicole Lockwood (Independent Chair Westport Taskforce). This is a great opportunity to network, hear Nicole’s story and learn what it takes to be a consultant to the government.

Please see this flyer for details and RSVP to if you would like to attend.

School of Business and Governance Postgraduate Student Games Night - Semester 2, 2018

Thursday 27th September| 6.00pm | The Student Hub

Join us for a casual evening of fund and networking to get to know your fellow classmates and teaching staff!

This night will be an opportunity for students studying postgraduate business, governance and Sir Walter Murdoch School programs to meet and socialise with each other, and participate in a range of exciting games!

You are invited to bring along one friend, partner or spouse to the event.

Register now

Economics & Politics Q&A Panel

This interactive Q&A forum between academics, industry leaders and students will assist Year 11 students with ATAR preparation and broaden their views and knowledge on the Australian economy and the economic implication of current global politics and policy. Register your class and prepare with your students a series of questions that could be answered by the panel on the day.

Panel members*:

  • Dr Ian Cook

Ian Cook teaches Australian politics, political philosophy and media politics at Murdoch University. He is the co-author/editor of three texts on Australian politics (Government and Democracy in Australia, Contemporary Australian Politics and Keywords in Australian Politics). He does weekly radio commentary on international politics on ABC Regional radio in Western Australia, as well as serving as an expert commentator for a variety of media outlets. His more recent work has been a series of pieces, written with Greg Thompson, on teaching and education policy in contemporary society.

  • Nicola Cusworth

Nicky was appointed Chair of the ERA effective from 4 July 2016. She has extensive experience in economic policy and analysis. Before joining the ERA she was Deputy Director General at the Department of State Development, and has also previously worked for the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia. She has participated in projects including the Electricity Market Review and the Mineral Royalty Rate Analysis.

  • Susannah Nichols

Susannah completed a Bachelor of Arts at Murdoch University with a double major in Politics and International Studies, and History. She recently completed her Honours thesis in Politics and International Studies with a focus on public policy in childhood obesity prevention. Susannah currently works at Murdoch University as a Peer Academic Coach and Tutors in the History program. Next year she will be commencing with the Department of Finance in their 2019 graduate program.

  • Daniel Nagatani

Daniel Nagatani is currently in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Law and Economics Degree at Murdoch University. He has also spent time abroad as an exchange student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to his studies this semester, he is currently interning at the Department of Treasury, where his duties include researching retail competition in Western Australia's electricity market. He also works on criminal appeal matters as a volunteer at Legal Aid WA. After graduation, he plans on pursuing a career in the public sector and hopes to advise governments in relation to economic or foreign policy matters.

* Please note panel members are subject to change without prior notice.


Last stand and finest hour? Mahathir Mohamad and the Malaysian General Election of 2018

The School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University and its Asia Research Centre, invite you to attend a breakfast seminar at which Professor Khoo Boo Teik from the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), author of two books on Malaysian elder statesman and current Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, will speak.

Professor Khoo’s address will explain Mahathir's remarkable comeback and the implications of the result of recent Malaysian general election for independence of the judiciary in Malaysia, corruption, foreign direct investment and foreign policy both for Australia and other countries in the region. These topics will be explored further in an interview format, followed by Q&A from the floor.

GRIPS is a prestigious internationally-focused institute conducting research on contemporary policy issues to generate innovative solutions for governments and policy makers around the world.

Event details

Date: Thursday 21st June 2018

Time: 7.15am – 9.00am

Venue: Parmelia Hilton Perth, Karri Room (14 Mill St, Perth WA 6000)

Cost: $30 per person


Registration is essential, as places are strictly limited. Please register by Friday 15th June.

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The School of Business and Governance Postgraduate Cultural Night

Thursday 26th April | 6.30pm | The Student Hub

Join us for a casual evening of fun and networking to get to know your fellow classmates! The night will be an opportunity for you to meet and socialise with your peers and learn more about our shared and diverse cultures.

We hope that you will be able to:
Wear something that symbolises your national dress or costume,
• Teach others about your country’s uniqueness and;
• Participate in exciting games (cool prizes up for grabs!).

Light refreshments will be provided.


Is the Australian Health System in Crisis?

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Tue 20th March 2018 | 2pm - 3pm | Lecture Theatre 3.024, Building 250, Murdoch University South Street Campus (WA)

The Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs is hosting the 2018 inaugural Health Administration, Policy and Leadership Lecture, featuring Dr Stephen Duckett, Health Program Director of the Grattan Institute.
In this lecture, Professor Duckett will discuss the sustainability of the Australian health care system and outline some of the economic challenges facing the system. He will also review contemporary system issues including the future of the primary care system, hospital funding and quality of care in hospitals.

About Dr Stephen Duckett

Dr Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.


Places for this event are strictly limited and registration is essential.

Thanks to our partners: ACHSM and EY.

Sir Walter Murdoch School Policy Seminar: Fans First – The Optus Stadium Journey

Thu 22nd February 2018 | 12pm - 1pm | Room 1.002, Learning Link Building 513, Murdoch University South Street Campus (WA)

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David Etherton has spent the last decade as Chief Executive Officer of VenuesWest. With the opening of Optus Stadium, Western Australia now has a portfolio of sporting and entertainment venues that is among the best in the country. After starting with four venues valued at $180 million, VenuesWest now has a 13-venue portfolio valued at $2.2 billion, with nearly five million annual visitors expected in 2018/19. David has led VenuesWest through this growth whilst achieving exceptionally high customer satisfaction rates year on year. He was recognised in 2005 as a 40 under 40 leader and in 2017 was awarded the prestigious Murdoch University Leader of the Year in State or Federal Government Award.

Please RSVP to .

A Young Professionals event with Mark McGowan MLA - Premier of Western Australia:

The Path to Leadership

Tuesday 23 January 2018 | Desalination Centre: Rockingham Campus - Murdoch University |From 5.45pm

The RKCC Young Professionals would like to invite interested people to their first speaking event of 2018, featuring Mark McGowan MLA - Premier of Western Australia. This event is open to those aged between 18 and 35 who are business owners, managers/leaders, university students or those who have an interest in business and professional development.

See flyer for more information.

Australia and New Zealand Public Policy Network Conference

Date: 29th – 30th – 31st January 2018
Location: Notre Dame University, Fremantle (WA)
About the conference:
The Public Policy Network (PPN) is an informal collective of Australian and New Zealand scholars of public policy and public administration. The network holds an annual conference to enable colleagues to present new work, exchange ideas and network.

Find out more and register here.