Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

Foreign Policy White Paper

The Sir Walter Murdoch School was highlighted in the Australian Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper’s Public Consultations Summary Report, available here.

The report highlights the main themes and issues raised by the hundreds of Australians and Australian organisations who participated in the consultations process, through face-to-face consultations and written submissions and events such as our co-hosted Youth Roundtable, featuring staff and students from the Sir Walter Murdoch School, pictured below.

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Centre for Health Policy Seminar Series with Dr Francesco Paolucci - Risk equalisation in Chile: an empirical evaluation and proposals for reform

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Location: The University of Melbourne, Room 410, Level 4, 2017 Bouverie Street
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm 

In the Chilean healthcare system all insurers are obliged to offer a minimum set of services, which in the private insurance market are subject to community-rating and risk-equalisation regulations. We evaluate the current risk-equalisation mechanism as well as propose new ones that use all services, new adjusters and methods. Results show that the current method performs poorly in terms of statistical power and improving the formula would help to increase its fit.
Further, we study predictive performance by calculating predictive rations for some particular groups, as well as simulate allocations between insurers, comparing each proposed model. We provide evidence that an enhanced risk adjustment formula impacts both predictive ratios and allocations. An interesting result arises as we show some insurers have a mismatch between actual expenditure and risk adjusted one that could be attributed to efficiency in disease management.

Dr Paolucci is Associate Professor in Health Economics & Policy at the School of Business & Governance and Head of Health Policy at the Sir Walter Murdoch of Public Policy & International Affairs, Murdoch University in Perth.
A scholar and advisor who over the last decade has published extensively in the areas of public policy, economics and management with a focus on healthcare, both nationally and internationally, including a single-authored book and three edited special issues in peer reviewed journals, as well as peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and more. Highlights of his career include over 10 years of engagement in health economics, policy and management in numerous countries through research, fieldwork and working experience. In 2016 he has received a 40under40 Business News award for his entrepreneurial and business leadership.

These seminars are free. Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information contact the Centre for Health Policy
+61 3 8344 911

Public Lecture: How is the world borrowing from Australia to combat political polarisation?

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Mon 30th October, 6.00pm - 7.00pm, Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University

When Australia became a nation, we borrowed ideas from other countries such as the United States. Today, the roles are reversing. Political reformers in the US and other countries are looking to Australia for insights on how to combat extremism and polarised politics. Leading political scientist, Professor Benjamin Reilly, will discuss this trend and its wider implications for Australia and the rest of the world.

Tickets for this lecture are free, but please RSVP to secure your place. Register here.


Date: Wed 25th October 2017
Location: Murdoch University, Learning Link Building 513, Room 1.004
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“Dr Raj”, described by the New York Times as the “father of palliative care in India”, will discuss the just-released major commission of the British Lancet on palliative care and pain relief in the developing world. The report highlights the disparity in prescribing opioids between developed and developing nations, leading to enormous levels of pain and unnecessary suffering for those dealing with life-threatening and terminal illnesses. His focus on ethical medicine will be explored as well as implications for rural and regional Australia. The seminar will also include excerpts from the film Hippocratic currently in cinemas, nation-wide.

About “Dr Raj”

M.R.Rajagopal MD is a palliative care physician from India. He qualified as a physician from Trivandrum Medical College, Kerala and as an anaesthesiologist from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He and his colleagues founded the Pain and Palliative Care Society, a palliative care delivery system suited to the Indian cultural and social background. This initiative has now resulted in palliative care reaching about 30% of the needy in Kerala as against a national average of less than 0.5%. Since 1996 he has worked with Pain and Policy Studies group in Madison-Wisconsin to remove regulatory barriers to availability of oral morphine for pain relief in India, resulting in simplification of narcotic regulations in 13 of India’s 28 states. In 2003, he founded the charitable trust, "Pallium India" which has been successful in establishing palliative care services in 8 Indian states, which till then had no palliative care service. Currently, he is the chairman of Pallium India ( and director of Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences.

Please RSVP to by Monday 23rd October.

Light morning tea provided Please note photos may be taken for social media purposes.


Date: Monday 23rd October 2017

Location: Murdoch University, ECL Building 460, Room 1.031

Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Dr Alix Valenti will be presenting an analysis of major Asia Pacific naval modernisation projects (e.g. Australia, South Korea, China, Japan) focusing discussion on the key geopolitical drivers for these projects (e.g. Chinese assertiveness in the South and East China Sea, North Korean threat) and the main naval platforms that are being commissioned in the context.

About Dr Alix Valenti

Dr Alix Valenti is the Editor in Chief of the magazine Naval Forces. She holds a PhD in Development Planning, and wrote her thesis on the impact of UN transitional administration on the reconstruction of political institutions in East Timor after independence and how this affected urban development policies and the construction of citizenship therein. Prior to doing her PhD, Dr Valenti worked as a consultant for the European Commission on migrations issues within the EU.

Seminar Co-hosted by the Sir Walter Murdoch School with the Asia Research Centre
Please RSVP to by Friday 20th October

New online offering in Public Administration

The Sir Walter Murdoch School is launching a new qualification in public administration aimed at current and intending public servants at the local, state and national level.
The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration aims to provide core skills and understanding of key contemporary issues in public policy, management and administration, and provide an alternative entry route for those wishing to pursue studies at the Masters level.

Graduates holding a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration will be able to:

• Understand contemporary trends and developments in public administration, public sector management, financial budgeting and management in both developed and developing countries

• Demonstrate the ability to apply relevant theories in explaining and analysing real world public policy, public sector administration and management problems.

The new offering has been endorsed by the Australian Institute of Public Administration (IPAA).

Starting in 2018, the Grad Cert comprises four units, all offered in intensive format:

SWM515, Public Sector Management, S1

SWM532, Financial Administration and Budgeting, S1

SWM516, Policy Research and Evaluation

SWM651, Comparative Governance and Public Administration, S2

Each of these units will be available in internal, external and mixed format, giving students the option of moving between online and on-campus study as they choose.
Course code: C1143

Read article in the InterSector website

For more information:

Sir Walter Murdoch School Policy Seminar with Mr Richard Mathews, Australian Consul-General in Makassar, Indonesia


Date: Friday 29th September

Location: Murdoch University, Learning Link Building 513, room 2.004

Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm


About Mr Richard Mathews
In March 2016, Australia’s new Consulate in Makassar was opened, with coverage of 11 provinces in Eastern Indonesia (the six provinces of Sulawesi, Maluku, North Maluku, NTT, West Papua and Papua). Mr Richard Mathews is the first Consul-General, having previously served as Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission in Taipei in 2009-12, and with previous postings in Athens (2002-2004) and Brunei Darussalam. He taught foreign, defence and strategic policy at the Australian Defence Force senior staff college, the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in

Canberra, in 2013. Mr Mathews is fluent in Indonesian and has written a book on the economies of the eastern provinces of Indonesia, published by the ANU Press. In his early career he was also a teacher of Bahasa Indonesia at high schools in Australia.
Please RSVP to by Wednesday 27th September.

SWMS student Emma Tunne Wakpi addresses AIIA on Development in Papua New Guinea and Melanesia

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ment challenges in her native country, Papua New Guinea (PNG), where 85% of the population is rural or remote as well as culture bound and illiterate.
Although PNG is resource rich, public services are not reaching the people who need them. Effective and transparent service delivery comes from non government organisations and from states with which PNG has bilateral relations. As much as this is appreciated by the people who receive it, it does not empower them to hold their governments accountable or to reduce their dependence on foreign aid.
In her presentation, Emma made the case that the method of delivery of aid programs needs to be improved to ensure good governance, local ownership, and sustainability, and that clear exit strategies need to be in place. She drew on her experience of Australian aid delivery in PNG at a grass roots level, with reference to other countries in Melanesia and the objectives of the Melanesian Spearhead Group

Congratulations Emma on an outstanding presentation.

See Emma's interview.

Development in PNG and Melanesia: SMWS Student Addresses AIIA

Globalisation presents many challenges in Papua New Guinea (PNG) where 85% of the population is rural or remote as well as culture bound and illiterate. Emma Tunne Wakpi, a Sir Walter Murdoch student studying Health Administration, Policy and Leadership, will present at the AIIA Conference on the 19th of September. Find out more and register here.

West Australians don’t really want a ‘WAxit’, they just want a little love

The Sir Walter Murdoch School’s Ian Cook writes on the issue of WA secession in The Conversation:

Murdoch Health Expert in Chile

Dr Francesco Paolucci, Head of Health Policy at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Associate Dean of Research and Associate Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the School of Business and Governance at Murdoch University, has been invited to deliver a Keynote address at the international conference EISACH - Hospital Expo 2017 in Chile (30-31 August, 1 September). His address will focus on the challenges that most countries' healthcare systems are currently facing and in particular on their sustainability trajectories.

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Australia Awards Student Wins Prestigious Development Prize

Benson Hahambu, who is studying a Master of Development Studies at the Sir Walter Murdoch School under the Australia Awards program, and his classmate Stephanie Matulin, teamed-up to develop the project called Papua New Guinea Education Network for Disaster Risk Reduction. The students were judged joint winners of the Student Partnership for Impact Award, taking home an AUD 10,000 grant to help implement their idea in rural regions of Papua New Guinea.

Read more here

New international education partnership

The Sir Walter Murdoch School has a new joint program with Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), one of the top universities in Indonesia. Under this new post graduate arrangement, students from UGM will be able to undertake a joint Masters degree, combining UGM’s MA in International Relations with our SWM Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS) program. Students will complete one year of coursework studies at UGM, before articulating into a second year in our MIAS program, which will lead to a jointly badged degree. The program will culminate with research methods training at Murdoch, and the completion of a jointly-supervised research thesis. The first cohort of students will commence in the Indonesian will arrive at Murdoch for Semester 2 2018.

Read the full article

Information on the UGM MA in International Relations program is available here

Seminar: The Future of the Global Economic Order

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Date: Monday 28th August
Location: Murdoch University, Building 513, Room 1.005
Time: 2.30pm - 3.30pm

The global economic order is under stress. The international institutions and rules set up at the end of World War II to provide a framework for global prosperity face mounting attack from within and without. On one front, there is a growing sentiment that the existing order is no longer delivering strong, sustainable, balanced, and above all inclusive economic growth. Meanwhile, emerging states argue that governance structures set up over 70 years ago no longer reflect the distribution of economic weight in the world and are thus unfair. However, the order is arguably “too big to fail,” with a breakdown of these institutions and rules likely to cause broad economic harm, and critics have yet come up with alternative arrangements that would deliver more benefit to more people. Mr. Goodman will discuss these dynamics, U.S. perceptions of the global order under the new Trump Administration, and the implications for Australia.

About Matthew P. Goodman
Matthew P. Goodman is senior adviser for Asian Economics and holds the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at CSIS, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining CSIS in early 2012, Goodman was White House coordinator for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the East Asia Summit. He also served as director for international economics on the National Security Council staff, helping the president prepare for G-20 and G-8 summits. Prior to the White House, Goodman was senior adviser to the under-secretary for economic, energy, and agricultural affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Goodman has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. Before joining the Obama administration in 2009, he worked for five years at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global business advisory firm based in Washington, D.C., where he was managing director for Asia. Goodman holds an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.S. in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


Student Ambassador attends UN Symposium

SWMS masters student Callum Ince is attending the United Nations University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Bangkok. Here are his impressions:Callum at conf.jpg

"Being a participant at the 8th Annual University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) at the United Nations in Thailand, representing Australia and Murdoch on the world stage; networking with global leaders and like-minded youth from all corners of the globe has been a phenomenal experience - one that I shall never forget. I came to this conference as an individual, but left as a community of global brothers and sisters with a passion to implement change in the world. The Sir Walter School has enabled me to participate in this global forum for change, and represents just some of the international opportunities available for current and prospective students who choose to undertake postgraduate studies within the confines of this incredible, global institution."

SWMS Student working towards peace in Palestine

Our graduate Huthayfa Abuseifein is hoping to combine his University education and experience of Australia to work for peace between Israel and his home country of Palestine.

Read the full article here

Winners of Mal and Karyl Nairn Global Voices Scholarship

Two Sir Walter Murdoch School students are packing their bags to join an international delegation to the next round of the UN Climate Change talks (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.

Rhiannon Foster (Master of Public Policy student) and Stephanie Matulin (Master of Development Studies) were the winners of this year’s Mal and Karyl Nairn Global Voices Scholarship, which takes students first to Canberra for meetings
with senior ministers and officials, and then to a major international policy conference.

Rhiannon will be looking at the implications for climate mitigation via the use “nudge” economics, while Steph will look at how the sharing or “gig” economy can contribute to emissions reduction. Congratulations to both, who won what is the flagship scholarship for Sir Walter Murdoch School students.

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Constitutional Design and Democratization

The Sir Walter Murdoch School's Dean, Prof Benjamin Reilly, has continued his advisory work on constitutional reform in the Philippines. In July he was the keynote speaker on 'Constitutional Design and Democratization' at a workshop on "Philippine Federalism Model: Drafting the Federal Constitution Workshop II". The workshop was a professional retreat to refine the recommendations of a Study Group appointed to frame a new federal constitution for the Philippines. Program attached.

Health Policy Forum: Sustainable Future for Health

18th July 2018, 1pm - 3pm, Murdoch University

The School of Business and Governance and the Sir Walter Murdoch School, together with the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM), invite you to the Health Policy Forum "Sustainable Future for Health" on the 18th of July at Murdoch University (WA).
Despite good performance and results over the last 10 years in quality and safety of care, Western Australia’s health system faces huge challenges: health expenditure is growing at an unsustainable rate, public hospitals cost 20 percent more than the national average, and State debt is increasing.
According to the Sustainable Health Review, the main risk factor are WA’s growing and ageing population, the high cost of chronic diseases, and our low number of GPs per capita compared to other States.
A patient-centered health care system, investments in new technologies, promotion of healthier lifestyles to reduce chronic diseases, and better partnerships across sectors are needed to reduce expenditures and improve health outcomes.
This policy forum will investigate some of these specific reform options, drawing on potential strategies to adapt Australia’s healthcare system for current and future challenges.

Main speakers include:
• Professor Christobel Saunders, University of Western Australia ”IMPROVING THE VALUE IN CANCER CARE"
• A/P Emmanouil Mentzakis, University of Southampton, UK, “CHRONIC AND RARE DISEASES: TRENDS & CHALLENGES”
• Dr Adeleh Shirangi, Murdoch University, “GEOGRAPHICAL VARIATION AND HEALTH”

Read more

Register here

Short Courses for Health Care Professionals


The Sir Walter Murdoch School is offering intensive training courses for health care professionals and students looking for a career in the health industry.

The short courses in “Health Economics and Finance” and in “Strategic Health Leadership and Management” are available both face-to-face and online.

Beginning at the end of June, the four-day courses are convened by Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci, Head of Health Policy at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs and Dr Ana Rita Sequeira, Lecturer and Researcher at the School of Business and Governance.

The course in Strategic Health Leadership and Management involves the presence of many industry leaders, delivering guest lectures. Key industry speakers include executive directors and managers, such as Christopher McGowen, Executive Director at Silver Chain; Mark Slattery, Executive Manager at 360 Health + Community; Michael Stanford, Executive Director at SJGHC; Paul Forden, Executive Director at Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group.

Participants who complete the course will be granted three credit points towards eligible postgraduate programs at Murdoch, such as our Graduate Certificate or Master in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership.

Find out more about the Short Course in Strategic Health Leadership and Management here

Find out more about the Short Course in Health Economics and Finance here

Indonesian Public Health Study Tour

Master of Public Policy and Management student Emily O'ConnelEmily OConnelll is heading to Indonesia as Murdoch’s representative on the ACICIS Public Health Study Tour. A Senior Policy Officer within the Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate at the Department of Health WA, Emily will learn about the structure and governance of the health system in Indonesia and see firsthand how the Indonesian government is tackling the complex public health challenges there, while also completing her Capstone unit for her studies.

Emily’s travels are supported by an Endeavour Mobility grant and the VC’s student fund. Congratulations Emily!

A copy of Emily's Case Study Presentation can be viewed here

Madrid Conference

In late May, Dr Katie Attwell from the Sir Walter Murdoch School was an invited participant at the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases conference held in Madrid, Spain.

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Dr Attwell presented a keynote speech to an industry event for an audience of 600 policymakers, healthcare professionals, and industry representatives. The theme of the session was Lifecourse Immunisation. Dr Attwell provided the societal perspective on this based on her research into parents’ attitudes towards vaccination. The four presenters will be co-authoring an article deriving from their combined presentations.

Policy Seminar with Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Shadow Assistant Treasurer

"A Few Big Firms"

Date: Wed 7th June 2017


Location: Murdoch University, Building 390, Room 2.006
Time: 1pm - 2pm

How many Australian industries can you name that aren’t dominated by just a few big firms? Analysing 481 industries, Andrew Leigh shows how Australia’s markets are highly concentrated and getting worse. Anti-competitive conduct is on the rise, from non-compete clauses in employment contracts to the exploitation of our dairy farmers. Anti-consumer conduct is also becoming the norm, from flushable wipes that don’t flush to cooling paint that doesn’t cool. Andrew shows why competition should be a top priority for all Australians and the practical things we can do to strengthen it.

About the speaker
Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and a past recipient of the 'Young Economist Award', a prize given every two years by the Economics Society of Australia to the best Australian economist under 40. His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014) and The Luck of Politics (2015). Andrew is a keen marathon runner, and hosts a podcast titled "The Good Life", available on iTunes.

Chair: Benjamin Reilly, Dean, Sir Walter Murdoch School

Please RSVP to Hazel Turner ( by the 5th of June.

Global Voices Applications Open

Applications for our two Global Voices scholarships are now open. These all-expenses paid scholarships allow Sir Walter Murdoch School students to complete their capstone unit as part of an international delegation to a high-level policy forum, with representatives from other Australian universities. This year, these forums include an APEC meeting in Vietnam, and the next round of the UN Climate Change talks (COP23) in Germany.

The Global Voices program also includes private meetings with policy experts and world leaders, and attendance at round table discussions and panel events. The program consists of three components:

• Attendance at the pre-departure briefings in Canberra (12-14 September) where you will meet members of the Australian government, think-tanks, and other experts;

• Participation in the Global Voices Research Fellowship to develop your understanding of the key issues of the summit; and

• Attendance at the UNFCCC COP23 Climate Talks in Bonn or the APEC CEO Summit in Da Nang.

Both scholarship places are fully funded thanks to the generosity of Mal and Karyl Nairn and include all domestic and international flights, accommodation, breakfasts, visas, most transfers, insurance, and registration fees are covered (you will need to cover the cost of some meals and transfers).

Eligible students must be Australian citizens or permanent residents under 30 at the time of the awards, and must concurrently enrol in SWM619 Research Internship. A merit-based selection process involving both Global Voices and the Sir Walter Murdoch School will determine the scholarship winners.

We encourage all eligible students to apply before 19 July via the website: . Successful applicants will be announced at our annual awards night on Wednesday 26 July.

More details at

Recent Contribution to the Australian Institute of International Affairs

Professor Anna George's piece on "Antiobiotic Resistance and the Global Food Chain"

Read the full article here

Professor Kanishka Jayasuriya’s piece on ‘Diplomacy Key to Creating an Asian Research Area’

Read the full article

SWMS Dean Ben Reilly's piece on "China's Bad Behaviour a Wake-Up Call"

Read the full article here


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Date: Monday 29th May
Location: Murdoch University, Building 460, Room 1.031
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

About the speaker
Mr Amit Kumar Mishra is a career diplomat. He served as Indian Consul General in Herat before joining as Consul General in Perth. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 2004 and has served in Indian diplomatic missions in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. In his postings abroad, Mr. Mishra has dealt with political, commercial, education, cultural and diaspora issues. From 2011-2014, he worked in the Ministry of External Affairs as Under Secretary dealing with the India-United States relations.

Professor Andrew Taggart, Provost, Murdoch University

Please RSVP to Gaia Manganelli at by 24th May.

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Congratulations to Sir Walter Murdoch School students Stephanie Matulin and Mateusz Gwozdz who were awarded prizes at a university Award Ceremony on 26 April.
Stephanie won the Oxfam Australia Prize in Sustainable International Development for the best academic performance in ‘Theories of Development’ by a student enrolled in the Master of Development Studies, as well as the May Trust Graduate Gender Studies Prize for best academic performance in ‘Gender and Development’.
Mateusz, who recently graduated with a Master of International Affairs, won the Professor Paul Miller Memorial Prize for the best academic performance in ‘Thinking and Reasoning Economically’.


Professor Paul Effler


Date: Wed 12th April
Location: Murdoch University, Building 390, Room 2.006
Time: 12.30pm - 2.00pm

Although the risk of a serious adverse reaction following vaccination is very low, it cannot be completely eliminated. As the benefits of immunisation are critical for protecting the health of our population, there is a strong case for compensation for the small, but predictable, number of individuals who may be injured as a consequence of immunisation. The ethical argument for establishing no-fault vaccine injury compensation programs is based on the concept that any person who is injured while helping to protect the community - by contributing to herd immunity - should not bear the consequences of injury alone. Nineteen countries around the world already have no-fault vaccine-injury compensation programs in place. In contrast, Australia has no straightforward means for compensating individuals who might be injured by a vaccine.

About Paul Effler

Paul Effler received a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of California and a Master of Public Health from the University of Hawaii. Upon completing a residency in Public Health Medicine, Dr. Effler served as an Officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. In 1994 he became the State Epidemiologist for Hawaii, where he directed the public health response to SARS, dengue fever, measles, and influenza and oversaw Hawaii’s immunization program. In 2008 Dr. Effler moved to Perth where he works in immunization and communicable disease control. He is an Adjunct Professor at UWA and an Associate Editor for Emerging Infectious Diseases.


Dr Katie Attwell, Capstone Coordinator, Sir Walter Murdoch School

Please RSVP to Gaia Manganelli at by 10 April.

Light lunch refreshments provided. Closest paid car park is Car Park7 and Car Park 8. Campus map attached.

Please note photos will be taken for social media purposes. If you do not consent, please advise Gaia.

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Prof Reilly’s presentation on ‘Democracy and development in Southeast Asia: China’s long shadow’ was the keynote for the conference at Lund University, Sweden on ‘Democracy and Human Rights in East and South-East Asia’, held on 10 March 2017.

Watch the presentation here

Ambassadors for Murdoch

Murdoch University hosted three special visitors today, with the arrival of Australia’s Ambassadors to Turkey, Jordan and Ethiopia, the African Union and Djibouti.

The ambassadors visited Murdoch’s Perth campus to learn more about the University’s research and innovation, learning and teaching capabilities so that they can become advocates for the University in the countries where they represent Australia.

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Making Australia’s health care system better

A Murdoch University health policy expert is calling for an overhaul of Australia’s health care system to make it more efficient, equitable and accessible.

Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci, Head of the Health Policy Programs at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, says the current system results in duplication of private and public services and is inequitable in terms of access to health care.

Speaking to ABC Radio National’s The Money program, Professor Paolucci said his proposal would require consumers to make a choice between public and private health insurance, removing any duplication and overlaps.

"Both the public and private universal packages would be compulsory and defined by law,” said Professor Paolucci.

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Location: 513.1.005
Time: 11am - 12 noon

The Sir Walter Murdoch School and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are proud to host Mr James Larsen, Australian Ambassador to Turkey, who will share insights of his life as Ambassador and the role of diplomacy in the modern age.

About Mr Larsen
Mr Larsen is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has previously served as Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues; Ambassador to Israel; Counsellor in Brussels; and Second Secretary in Bangkok.
Until September 2013, Mr Larsen was Principal Adviser to the former Minister for Foreign Affairs. He has previously served as Assistant Secretary of the Legal Branch.
Mr Larsen holds Bachelor of Arts and Laws degrees from the University of Melbourne.

If you would like to participate, please RSVP to Gaia Manganelli at by the 27th of March.

Nudge Thinking: Cure-all or all too hard?
Special Sir Walter Murdoch School lecture by Harvard Professor, Michael Hiscox 

Date: 20th March 2017
Location: ECL2.031
Time: 10am - 1pm

Visiting Harvard Professor Michael Hiscox, presently on secondment to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, is giving a special guest lecture for Sir Walter Murdoch School students on 20 March.
The lecture will take place in Prof David Butler’s class SWM629 Thinking and Reasoning Economically, and will look at applying behavioural economics, or nudge thinking, in the public sector.
Nudge draws on research from behavioural economics, psychology, and neuroscience to understand how humans behave and make decisions in everyday life. By better understanding how people respond to different contexts and incentives, decision-makers can design and implement better policies and services.
Public servants engaged in policymaking need to develop a set of skills and tools that are adaptive and responsive to the complexity of modern policy issues. Behavioural economics provides new tools for policy development, implementation and engagement that are well aligned with modern policy challenges.
Nudge has been trialled in a wide range of policy areas including water consumption, taxation, and health across a number different of different countries.

About Michael J. Hiscox
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Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University

Michael Hiscox Leads the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA). He is currently on public service leave from his position as the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University. He was born and raised in Tamworth, NSW.
He is a founding faculty member of the Harvard Behavioural Insights Group – a group of more than 30 of Harvard’s research scholars - at Harvard’s Centre for Public Leadership.
He is co-director of the Sustainability, Transparency, and Accountability Research Lab - part of the Harvard Behavioural Insights Group with bases in Harvard and Sydney. He is also a faculty associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
Working with governments, non-profit organizations, and corporations, he has designed and implemented randomized trials to evaluate a large range of government policies, company initiatives, and programs administered by non-profit organizations in the United States, Singapore, Indonesia, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Nigeria.
His research has examined international trade and immigration, economic development, global supply chains, corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives, and policies addressing economic, social, and public health issues in several countries.
He has written numerous articles for leading scholarly journals in economics and political science (including the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of International Economics, Economics and Politics, and the American Political Science Review).

About Professor Butler
David Butler is Professor of Economics at Murdoch University and is currently teaching WA’s only behavioural economics class for public policy in the Sir Walter Murdoch School.

David studied for his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of York, UK, and obtained his PhD from the University of Western Australia. He has previously taught at UWA and the University of Arizona. His research interests are in experimental economics, decision theory and behavioural game theory. He is a former President of the WA branch of the Australian Economic Society.

His research integrates techniques from such disciplines as experimental and cognitive psychology, evolutionary theory and philosophy into experimental economics research and behavioural game theory. Particular research interests include consequences of imprecise preferences and pro-social behaviour in experimental games.

Health Policy Takes Off at Murdoch

The Sir Walter Murdoch School’s Health Policy program is one of Murdoch University’s fastest-growing offerings, with student numbers more than doubling this year. The program offers a Masters and Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership, with streams allowing students to specialise in Health Administration and Leadership, Policy and Evaluation, and Informatics and Analytics.

The program also offers a wide range of seminars, scholarships and international travel opportunities for students, including:
• The Sir Walter Murdoch School is proud to be a sponsor of CEDA’s event “Transformation of healthcare” on the 30th of March. Dr Francesco Paolucci, Head of the Health Policy Programs at the Sir Walter Murdoch School, will be part of the experts’ panel, discussing how the healthcare system can be transformed in a more sustainable model. If you are interested in participating, please find more information on the event here. Dr Paolucci was recently interviewed on the same subject by Richard Aedy on the ABC RN Radio National “The Money”. The podcast can be found here. The article can be found here.
• Five $2,000 Endeavour mobility grants are available to Sir Walter Murdoch School students wishing to participate in ACICIS Study Indonesia’s two-week Public Health Study Tour (PHST) commencing on 8 July 2017. The tour will provide an introduction to the public health challenges currently facing Indonesia, as well as to existing government, international and community-led initiatives tasked with meeting these challenges. More information on this study option is available here .
• The Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership has recently been recommended as an approved course by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA).
For more information, click here

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Date: 8th March 2017
Location: School of Business and Governance Boardroom
Time: 10am - 11am
RSVP: by 6th of March

Challenges of Financing International Organizations

Professor Michael W. Bauer is Jean Monnet Professor and holds the chair of Comparative Public Administration and Policy Analysis at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer. He works on international and multilevel public administration as well as in the comparative analysis of public policy-making.

Global governance rests on international institutions. The “backbone” of the emerging net of international and transnational interactions are international organizations and their secretariats. These organizations and their secretariats–in order to provide a common good to its members–obviously need money. On the one hand, such financial resources are a source of “independence” for international organizations; on the other hand, for the national governments providing such financing constitutes an important means of control and oversight over international agents’ activities. Analysis of financial and personnel data of 15 UN agencies over time, most of which Australia is a member, shows that the growth of voluntary contributions has important implications for the autonomy of international bureaucrats, impacting on administrative professionalism and organizational performance.

Discussant / Chair
Kim Moloney

Congratulations to our new graduates!

New graduates Mr Sam Edge, Ms Detaviana Guterres and Ms Yanka Gbamoquelli with School Dean Professor Reilly. Ms Yanka Gbamoquelli is the first graduate of the Master of Health Policy and Leadership!

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SWMS Honorary Fellow Anna George, a former Australian ambassador, writes on the dilemma facing the UK’s post-Brexit trade policy for the Australian Institute of International Affairs: 

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Date: 1st March 2017
Location: McCusker Conference Room - Building 390 - Murdoch University
Time: 12:30 - 1:30pm
RSVP to by 3pm, 28th February.

‘Selling Your Public Health/Health Systems Research to Stakeholders’

Director, Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy*, University of Edinburgh; Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Many research funders, and research grant recipients worldwide, now expect more than ever of their investigators aiming to influence policy and programme decisions in public health and health systems. Specifically, they want to see research project plans, included in grant applications, that: 1) detail precise actions to achieve these “knowledge transfer and exchange” goals; 2) lay out exactly how such impacts of the research will be evaluated. This presentation provides a potted history of thinking about these issues, since the pioneering work of Canadian Jonathan Lomas (founder of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation) more than two decades ago. The target audience is particularly early-to-mid-career researchers in these fields.

Dr Francesco Paolucci
School of Business and Governance

Light lunch refreshments provided
Closest paid car park is Car Park7 and Car Park 8 .

Please note photos will be taken for social media purposes. If you do not consent, please advise, as soon as you can, prior the seminar.

Pop-Up event: Recent Developments in Myanmar

Date: 1st March 2017
Location: Council Chamber, Level 3, Bld 100, Curtin University Bentley campus
Time: 18:30 - 19:30

The Australian Institute for International Affairs Western Australia, in collaboration with Curtin University and the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, is hosting a discussion on Recent Developments in Myanmar to be presented by Professor Ben Reilly and Elliot Brennan. Read more about the presenters here

This event is free but please register by clicking here: 'Buy Tickets'

Students centre of foreign policy roundtable


Several current and former Sir Walter Murdoch School students recently participated in an invitation-only roundtable –the only one of its kind in Australia – on the new Foreign Policy White Paper.
The White Paper is a comprehensive framework to guide Australia’s international engagement over the next 10 years. To ensure that the White Paper is informed by the best possible advice, the Government has convened a series of roundtable discussions with interested stakeholders.

The Sir Walter Murdoch School, together with the University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of International Affairs, hosted the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Foreign Policy White Paper Youth Roundtable.

Masters of International Affairs and Security students Lindsay Barnes, Jake Davis, and Luke O’Donnell joined Murdoch alumni Darcy Rowe (now working with the federal Department of Immigration and Border Protection) and Krystal Hartig (now at the Perth USAsia Centre) to contribute to the White Paper discussions, along with students from other universities and prominent young professionals in the field.

Lindsay Barnes said the White Paper consultation gave him a valuable glimpse into the world of foreign policy development, which was incredibly valuable, both personally and from a policy standpoint.

“To be part of a discussion about Australian foreign policy with some of the best and brightest young people in international affairs was pretty special,” he said.

“The youth of today are tomorrow’s diplomats and hopefully by hearing our opinions and recommendations the White Paper will be all the better for it.

“On a personal level, I'm hopeful this experience will be beneficial to my employment prospects in the future.”

The kinds of questions the students grappled with ranged from how can Australia maximise our trade and investment and expand commercial opportunities for Australian business; to how can Government best use Australia’s national assets, including our overseas development assistance program, to advance Australia’s interests?

The Roundtable also featured contributions from senior academics, and was chaired by Richard Maude, head of the taskforce that has been established within the DFAT to develop the White Paper.

This will be Australia’s first foreign policy White Paper since 2003.

The joint submission to the Foreign Policy White Paper taskforce arising from the roundtable can be accessed here.

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2017 Nominations Now Open see here

Globetrotting SMW Expert Advises on Healthcare System Design


Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci, Head of Health Policy Programs has circled the globe over the past two months advising governments on healthcare system reform.

This month, he was in Dubai to present a keynote address at the Arab Health Congress. His presentation, “Designing a sustainable healthcare system: options for universal design” forms part of the Public Health Forum. The Arab Health Congress consists of 14 different conferences which provide a mix of clinical and non-clinical topics, as well as showcasing the latest methods, developments and technologies in the global healthcare industry.

In 2016, Francesco visited Chile on a number of occasions, firstly to present his views about how to reform the Chilean health insurance system to Centro de Estudios Publicos (CEP), the most prestigious think tank in the country. In December he gave a keynote address at the symposium on the “Implementation of Social Health Insurance: Lessons for Chile” at the Universidad de los Andes in collaboration with the Centro de Estudios Publicos (CEP); had a private meeting with the former Chilean President and current presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera, where he presented his reform proposal. He also gave a keynot address at Instituto de Salud Publlica de la Universidad Andres Bello in collaboration with CEP about the Australian health care system, its challenges and options for reform.

The Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs course offering includes Health Administration, Policy and Leadership at a Graduate Certificate and Masters level.

“Nudge Behavioural Insights”

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Trump dumps Trans-Pacific Partnership:Is the Chinese RCEP the alternative?

You can read the article here

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You can read the article at this link

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Two Murdoch University students gained a unique insight into the politics driving climate change mitigation by attending the recent COP 22 talks in Morocco.

See more information here.

SWMS partners with IPAA for Policy in Practice Program

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The Sir Walter Murdoch School is supporting the Institute for Public Policy Australia’s flagship “Policy in Practice” program. Delegates who successfully complete the program will receive credit towards our Masters of Public Policy and Management. For more details see here


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Chile, like most countries, has been debating how to tackle the increasing inequalities in the access to healthcare coverage and services, while containing increasing costs of medical care. In the past few years, the Chilean parliament has been discussing structural changes to the healthcare systems, including a gradual transition towards a fully fledged competitive social health insurance model. On the 6th of December the Universidad de los Andes, in collaboration with the Centro de Estudios Publicos (CEP), has hosted a symposium on the “Implementation of Social Health Insurance: Lessons for Chile” ( “Seminario Implementation de seguros sociales and salud: lecciones para Chile”). Dr Paolucci,Associate Professor and Head of Health Policy at Murdoch University, has been invited to present on the ‘Implementation of social health insurance: European experience and of other developed countries’ (“Implementación de seguros sociales en Salud. Experiencia europea y de otros países desarrollados”), together with Dr Ana Balsa. Discussants were Emilio Santelices (Escuela de Salud Pública, Universidad de Chile, Chile), Gabriel Fernández (ESE Business School, Universidad de los Andes, Chile), Fabián Duarte (Facultad de Economía y Negocios, Universidad de Chile,Director de Espacio
Público, Chile, Carolina Velasco (Centro de Estudios Públicos), Carlos García (Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de los Andes, Chile.

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The Sir Walter Murdoch School’s Sam Edge has had a busy week at the COP22 meetings in Morocco this week. Sam is part of a delegation of Australian students taking part in the discussions as part of his Global Voices Scholarship. The delegates have been involved with youth working groups on climate change loss and damage, finance and mitigation, and with more senior NGO working groups, and have had direct experience with the UNFCCC process and the negotiations between countries through various bodies.

The student delegates have had private meetings with high level individuals involved in the climate change space and the Paris Agreement, including:

  • Mr. John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute
  • Mr. Nedal Katbeh-Bader, Palestinian Minister's Advisor on Climate Change
  • Mr. Howard Bamsey, former deputy secretary of Australia's Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and former Australian Special Envoy on Climate Change.
  • Mr. Janos Pasztor, Senior Adviser to United Nations Secretary General and Senior Fellow at Carnegie Council.
  • Mr. Brad Kerin, Marketing and Stakeholder Relations Manager, Carbon Market Institute.

Sam’s scholarship is one of a number of Capstone options for students in the Sir Walter Murdoch School. For more information,see here

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The Sir Walter Murdoch School has received government funding for the Australian Consortium of In-Country Indonesia Studies Public Health Study Tour to Indonesia for 2017. We have 5 spots for students worth $2,000 each.

For more information, see here

For information on the 2016 pilot study tour, see  here

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Our Masters of Public Policy student Dominic Rose reports from Washington DC on his meetings with the IMF and World Bank. Dominic is one of award winners of the Sir Walter Murdoch School’s prestigious Global Voices scholarships, which are awarded each year to high-performing students in the School.

Find more information see here.

The Sir Walter Murdoch School’s Dr Katie Attwell part of successful NHMRC grant

Dr Katie Attwell explains her research in two brief videos filmed in Annecy, France in September 2016 when Dr Attwell was an invited speaker at an international meeting, “Strategies to increase vaccine acceptance and uptake.”

The Sir Walter Murdoch School's Dr Katie Attwell is an Associate Investigator for a team that has won 2017 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding for the project: “Developing evidence based strategies for addressing childhood vaccination rejection.” The team has won $743,927 over three years to determine the drivers of vaccine rejection and hold community juries and a public engagement process to determine what strategies for response are practical and ethically justified. Katie has researching attitudes towards vaccines since 2014, and designed and implemented the internationally renowned "I Immunise" campaign for the Immunisation of WA that year. She has been involved with the team behind the successful NHMRC grant since its establishment in 2014, and has existing collaborations with Chief and Associate investigators on the project. Her most recent published research looks at how vaccine rejecting parents view the expert systems behind immunisation programs. She is currently working on publications around perceptions of risk, parenting practices and identities and usage of complementary and alternative medicine. The interdisciplinary NHMRC project team will utilise her political science expertise in governance, policy and social identity.

Sir Walter Murdoch School Invites you to a Policy Seminar

Dr Cassandra Goldie

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Monday 31st October

12:30 – 1:30pm

Location: ECL 2.031

A Revolution in Social Policy: what would it take?

Dr Cassandra Goldie has been CEO of ACOSS since July 2010, with extensive public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice, and human rights. She has represented the interests of people experiencing poverty and inequality, and of civil society in major national and international processes. Cassandra has worked globally as a human rights advocate for organisations such as the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and UN Habitat. Prior to joining ACOSS, she was Director of the Sex and Age Discrimination program at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Most recently Cassandra was the Deputy Chair of the Civil Society20 and Chair of the Global Infrastructure Working Group (2014). She was a key leader of the National Reform Summit last year, with business and union leaders, and is a regular social commentator in mainstream media. Cassandra regularly appears on Australian television and broadcast media including the ABC’s Q&A program, ABC News Breakfast, ABC PM, ABC RN Breakfast, 7 Sunrise, and the Today Show.

Cassandra was listed in the Australian Financial Review’s Power 2015 as one of the top 15 most powerful people in Australia and one of the Pro Bono’s Impact 25 Most Influential People in the Social Economy in 2014 and 2015. She was also selected as an AFR/BOSS Magazine True Leader in 2013 and recognised as one of the Inaugural Westpac/Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in 2012.


Dr Yvonne Haigh

Senior Lecturer in Policy and Governance

Closest paid car park is Car Park 3 and Car Park 4.

Campus map can be found here.

Please RSVP to by Thursday 27th October.

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Mr Michael Growder

Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division

27th October 2016

9;30 - 10;30am

Location: Learning Link 2.003

The Sir Walter Murdoch School will hosted the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at a recruitment event to introduce students to careers with the Department, and share the experiences of senior career diplomat Mr Michael Growder, Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division, ably assisted by Ms Amanda Rickman from the DFAT WA State Office.

DFAT has two graduate programs, with applications opening in Feb/Mar 2017:

  • DFAT Policy Graduate Program: open to all disciplines
  • DFAT Management Graduate Program: Open to accounting, business, ICT and Human resource management disciplines

DFAT recruits candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. As such, you do not need to have studied particular subjects to gain entry.

Summer School in Health Economics and Finance

28 November, 3 December, 7 December 2016 and 21 January 2017

The Summer School in Health Economics and Finance introduces students to key conceptual frameworks and principles of health care economics. This course consists of three full-day workshops, in which you will learn how the Australian and international health care systems are financed and funded; the core theories of supply and demand in health care, including the importance of information; the critical role of insurance; hospital financing and delivery; pay-for-performance schemes, and private/public mix in finance and provision of health care.

You have the opportunity to enrol in the Summer School or in stand-alone workshops. Read more about the topics, Academic Staff teaching the course, and fees here

SWMS Scholarship winners in Canberra

Our Global Voices scholarship winners, Samuel Edge and Dominic Rose recently visited Canberra for discussions with the federal government, prior to their next step overseas!

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Commencing this semester, the Sir Walter Murdoch School’s flagship Parliamentary Democracy unit immerses graduate students in the parliamentary environment. Read more here

Policy Seminar with Dr Joel Quirk

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Monday 17th October

12:30 – 1:30pm

Location: Senate Room

Combating Modern Slavery in Rhetoric and Practice

Combating modern slavery has been widely presented as a cohesive and singular global cause, which builds upon the noble work of ‘modern-day abolitionists’ seeking to finally end slavery once and for all. This popular rhetoric of shared global struggle is both highly misleading and politically problematic. In its current incarnation, efforts to ending human trafficking and modern slavery brings together two elements: i) an increasingly dense regime of law and policy which is universal in scope yet shallow and selective when it comes to effective application, and ii) a diverse portfolio of more substantive interventions which tend to heavily concentrate upon specific locations and industries, the most notable of which relate to sex work, international migration and global supply chains. In stark contrast to historical campaigns to end legal slavery, which were firmly aimed at the profits and privileges of the rich and powerful, these substantive interventions only rarely pose a direct threat to major political and economic interests, which is ultimately a key source of their appeal for governments and corporations.

Joel Quirk is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His research focuses on slavery and abolition, human mobility and human rights, global governance and the politics of numbers, and the history and politics of sub-Saharan Africa. Joel is the author or editor of seven books, including The Anti-Slavery Project (2011), Mobility Makes States (2015), and The Cause of Contemporary Slavery (in press). He is a current member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project, where he serves as Rapporteur, and is also an editor for open Democracy's 'Beyond Trafficking and Slavery.'


Dr Victoria Mason

Senior Lecturer, Politics

Closest paid car park is Car Park 3 and Car Park 4

Kindly RSVP: by 9am, 13 October 2016 Please note photos will be taken for social media purposes. If you do not consent, please advise, as soon as you can, prior the seminar.

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The Sir Walter Murdoch School is sponsoring “Shaping the Views at the Top”, an Institute of Public Administration Australia event offering young professionals a glimpse of the issues and ideas of key leaders across the public and not-for-profit sectors in Western Australia.

Shaping the Views at the Top will take place on Friday 23 September at the Pan Pacific Perth. Full details including registration information here

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Sir Walter Murdoch School hosted Kim Beazley for a Policy Seminar discussing American politics and Australia’s relationship with the United States (US). 

Around 100 staff and students attended the seminar, which focussed on the impact of the US election on our Alliance relationship with the United States, particularly in the event of a Donald Trump victory.

The talk also touched on a wide range of issues in the Australia-US relationship including strategic issues, defence cooperation and other aspects of his former role as Australian Ambassador to the United States.

Read more here

SWM Students win Public Policy Prize

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The Awards were presented at IPAA's Research Day, which highlighted policy-relevant research conducted by the Institute's network and was co-organised by Dr Yvonne Haigh, the Sir Walter Murdoch School's Academic Chair of Public Policy and Management.

"David and Davia were two of our standout performers in our Masters of Public Policy this year", said Sir Walter Murdoch School Dean Professor Benjamin Reilly.

"As a School dedicated to academic excellence, we thank IPAA for this investment in the public policy thought-leaders of the future".

Murdoch University is a Platinum supporter of IPAA.

Policy Seminar with Kim Beazley

Sir Walter Murdoch School invites you to a policy seminar with the Hon Kim Beazley AC, former Deputy Prime Minister, Opposition leader and Australian Ambassador to the United States of America.

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Wednesday 14 September

12.30 to 1.45pm

Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre

Kim Beazley is one of Australia’s most significant political figures. First elected to the Federal Parliament in 1980, he was a Minister in the Hawke and Keating Governments (1983-96) holding, at various times, the portfolios of Defence, Finance, Transport and Communications, Employment Education and Training, Aviation, and Special Minister of State. He was Deputy Prime Minister (1995-96), Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition (1996-01 and 2005-06).

Mr Beazley took up an appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America in February 2010. He served as Ambassador until January 2016. Upon returning to Australia he has been appointed as President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs, Distinguished Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre and Co-Chairman of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.


Prof Benjamin Reilly


Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs

Wednesday 14 September

12.30 to 1.45pm

Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre

Closest paid car park is Car Park 3 and Car Park 4.

Campus map can be found here.

Kindly RSVP: by 9am, 9 September 2016

Please note photos will be taken for social media purposes. If you do not consent, please advise, as soon as you can, prior the seminar.

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Our flagship Parliamentary Democracy unit, run in and with the Parliament of Western Australia, runs every August. The course features politicians, expert commentators and parliamentary officials who take students on an intensive two-week immersion into the role of parliament. This year’s was our biggest cohort yet – see the picture opposite. To read about this year’s course, click on the link here.

Biosecurity Dilemmas: Dreaded Diseases and the Health of Nations

Sir Walter Murdoch School invites you to a policy seminar with Christian Enemark, Aberystwyth University, UK

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12.30 to 2.00pm

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Christian Enemark is Reader in Global Health and International Politics at Aberystwyth University, and in September will take up the post of Professor of International Relations at the University of Southampton. Christian’s research and research-led teaching focuses on global health politics, international security, and the ethics of armed conflict. He is an executive member of the International Studies Association Global Health Section, and he serves on the international editorial board of the journal Contemporary Security Policy.

ABSTRACT: Some infectious disease risks inspire so much dread and government concern that they are accorded the status of security issues. Adopting a security-oriented approach to preventing or responding to these risks can garner extra resources and stronger regulatory powers for risk-reduction purposes. However, such an approach can sometimes result in protective practices that are ineffective, counterproductive and/or unjust. As this presentation will show, the potential to produce harms as well as benefits arises in at least four overlapping areas of policy concern: the threat of biological weapons, the risks of laboratory research on pathogenic microorganisms, the impact on societies of naturally-occurring disease outbreaks, and the effect of disease risks and the management thereof on international relations. By thinking critically about the tensions between different values and interests which are generated or exacerbated by a range of biosecurity practices, policymakers might be able to make better decisions at a time when deadly disease outbreaks are a great and growing concern worldwide.


Dr Kirsty Bayliss

Senior Lecturer

School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Friday 26th August 2016

12.30 to 2.00pm

ECL 2.031

Closest paid car park, Car Park 3 and Car Park 4.

Light refreshments served.

Kindly RSVP: by 9am, 24 August 2016

Please note photos will be taken for social media purposes. If you do not consent, please advise, as soon as you can, prior the seminar.


Sir Walter Murdoch School hosted our annual Sundowner and Awards Evening on Wednesday. With a fantastic turn out, it was great to meet all the new and prospective students.  A big thank you to all for coming along.


Congratulations to our two Global Voices Scholarship Winners:

- Sam Edge who is off to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Morocco

- Dominic Rose who is off to the IFM & World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington DC

Read more about what they have to say about their win here

Electoral System Design for Development

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The Electoral System Redesign for Development project is a partnership between the Australian aid program and The Asia Foundation, bringing prominent scholars of electoral systems and political reform together with leading experts on Philippine and Southeast Asian politics.

As part of the project, Prof Reilly drafted a series of seven short articles in Rappler on diverse electoral systems found throughout the world, which were distributed on social media in the weeks prior to the election, under the banner “Elections: What the Philippines Can Learn from the World”

For a full report on the conference, see here

Dr Paolucci presenting on Social Justice within National Insurance Systems

Murdoch academic Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci, Head of Health Policy at the Sir Walter Murdoch School, delivered important presentations on healthcare systems in Africa and Chile earlier this month.

Professor Paolucci presented the keynote address at the Africa Health Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa, focusing on social justice within national insurance systems.

“This is a timely and topical issue for developing countries, and increasingly so for developed countries including Australia, where health expenditures are rising, subsidies are being eroded, and out-of-pocket payments are reaching levels similar to some African nations,” said Francesco.

He also presented a proposal to reform the Chilean Healthcare System at think tank Centro de Estudios Públicos (CEP) in Santiago, Chile.

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Francesco Paolucci was invited to Chile in June, by Centro de Estudios Públicos (CEP), the most prestigious think tank in that country, to present his view about how to reform the Chilean health insurance system as well as the advances of the work that he has been developing with researchers of CEP.

During his stay he was interviewed by the newspaper, Diario El Pulso, where he spoke about the current situation of the Chilean healthcare system.

One of the most important observations he made was that the amount of the state contribution to the health insurance system is a political decision, and that in general it is possible to have a competitive and well-regulated scheme with cross subsidies (between those with high and low resources and between those with high and low risk in health).

In relation to the challenge of aging, he mentioned that the classic answer to the increase of chronic illnesses is to build more hospitals, but chronicity does not need to be treated in hospitals, thus, is more important to look at the interaction between patients and the healthcare system out of them, so the system needs to adjust.

Finally, he pointed to the most important aspects of his proposal to reform the Chilean health insurance system: competition, a defined health package, funded by a good risk model and co-subsidized.

Capstone Frontiers of Democracy Conference Explores Making Democracy Work

SWMS Dean Benjamin Reilly was an invited speaker at the 'Frontiers of Democracy' conference at Central European University inreilly_making_dem_work_0.jpg Budapest last month on electoral and party innovations. The conference, focussed on ideas for “Making Democracy Work”, explored innovative practices that are being used or planned for implementing, expanding, improving or changing democracy.

Read the full story here

Why Australia is Not a Maritime Nation

Sir Walter Murdoch School invites you to a policy seminar with Michael Evans, General Sir Francis Hassett Chair of Military Studies at the Australian Defence College.

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Friday 15th July 2016

12.00 to 1.30pm

Senate Building Meeting Room 2.002

Professor Michael Evans is the General Sir Francis Hassett Chair of Military Studies at the Australian Defence College and a Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Between 2002 and 2006 he was Head of the Australian Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre at the Royal Military College, Duntroon. Professor Evans has also served on the staff of Land Headquarters in Sydney (1994-95) and in the Directorate of Army Research and Analysis in Army Headquarters in Canberra (1996-98). Born in Wales, Professor Evans is a graduate in war studies of the University of Rhodesia (BA Hons First Class Honours), the University of London (MA War Studies) and The University of Western Australia (PhD). He has been a Sir Alfred Beit Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King's College, University of London and a J. W. Jagger Scholar at the University of Cape Town. He has held Visiting Fellowships at the University of York in England and at the University of New South Wales at ADFA and is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College. He is a former editor of the Australian Army Journal and a current member of the management board of the Australian Defence Force Journal.

'He is widely published internationally, particularly in the United States, and is a recipient of the US Naval War College Foundation's Hugh G. Nott Award and the US Army War College Foundation's Elihu Root Prize'.


Dr Rajat Ganguly

Security Studies

School of Management and Governance

Friday 15th July 2016

12.00 to 1.30pm

Senate Building Meeting Room 2.002

Closest paid car park, Car Park 3 and Car Park 4.

Light refreshments served.

Kindly RSVP: by 9 am, 14 June 2016

Please note photos will be taken for social media purposes. If you do not consent, please advise, as soon as you can, prior the seminar.

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Dean of the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Professor Ben Reilly was recently interviews for a Forbes Asia article.

Read the article here

Become a better leader in the healthcare sector

What: Health-industry experts talk about ‘strategic health leadership & management’

When: 6, 13 , 20, 27 July 2016

Where: Murdoch university

The Sir Walter Murdoch School is bringing together some of the biggest names in the Australian healthcare sector to discuss leadership and managerial approaches and how to overcome key challenges facing the industry.

Over 4 days in July, you will have the opportunity to meet key experts and health industry leaders and gain insights into successful leadership in public, private and non-profit Australian healthcare organisations.

For more information about speakers, schedule and fees please click here

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Policy Seminar with Dr David Rapaport, Trent University

Sir Walter Murdoch School invites you to a policy seminar with Dr David Rapaport

“Because its 2016”: Canada’s ‘progressive’ new government

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Tuesday 14th June 2016


Senate Building Meeting Room 2.002

Dr David Rapaport received his PhD from the Canadian Studies Program in 2015 at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada where he is currently a sessional instructor. Before entering academia he was a vice president of one of the largest public sector unions in Canada and the chair of the board of trustees of a public sector pension plan. He has written and lectured on many aspects of Canadian politics and public policy. He lives in Toronto with his partner Lyn, an alumna of Murdoch University.

Tuesday 14th June 2016


Senate Building Meeting Room 2.002

Closest paid car park, Car Park 3 and Car Park 4.

Campus map can be found here.

Light refreshments served.

Kindly RSVP: by 9 am, 13 June 2016

Please note photos will be taken for social media purposes. If you do not consent, please advise, as soon as you can, prior the seminar.

Sir Walter Murdoch student wins AIIA award

Posted: 20 May 2016

CV photo .jpgMaija Ala-Kauhaluoma, a Masters of Development Studies student at the Sir Walter Murdoch School, has recently been awarded an Australian Institute of International Affairs Bursary. The award is designed to support and encourage students of WA universities to undertake educational activity in Asia.

Maija will travel to Hanoi, Vietnam in August 2016 to attend a week-long University Scholars Leadership Symposium. Over 1000 university scholars will be gathering in Hanoi to participate in a wide range of lectures, workshops and practical development initiatives.

In 2015, Maija won the prize for the top student in SWM637 Gender and Development, and she has previously been a very active volunteer with Oxfam in WA.

Another Masters of Development Studies student, Natalia Saeed, was a bursary winner in 2015.

Congratulations Maija, we hope you enjoy your experience in Hanoi.

Working in Diplomacy with Lyndall Sachs

Lyndall Sachs is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). She recently returned from Baghdad, where she had served as Australia’s Ambassador to Iraq since 2011. In the course of her 33 year career, Lyndall has worked for the United Nations and the non-government sectors, as well as the Australian Government. In addition to DFAT, she has served with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Immigration.

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Lyndall has lived, worked or travelled in almost every continent. In the early to mid-1990s she worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the former Yugoslavia and then in central Africa. Much of Lyndall’s career has focussed on countries in conflict or emerging from conflict.

Lyndall spoke on the subject of working in diplomacy, with a particular focus on the challenges facing women in the field.

Thank you Lyndall for your inspirational seminar yesterday.

Is WA in Recession?

Sir Walter Murdoch School invites you to a policy seminar with Alan Langford, Chief Economist, Bankwest.

Alan Langford

Tuesday 24 May 2016

12.00 to 1.30pm

Senate Building Meeting Room 2.002

Alan joined Bankwest from what is now the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA) in March 1989 as an economic research officer and was appointed economist in September 1990 - just in time to grapple with the recession Paul Keating said we had to have. The main function of the role is to advise Bankwest and its clients on the implications of economic and financial market trends. Alan’s duties include the editing of the Bankwest Monthly Economic and Financial Market Snapshot, ad hoc economic updates as and when key events occur and presentations at industry seminars.

‘Is WA in Recession?’

The transition of the national economy away from a heavy reliance on the construction of mineral and energy projects is proceeding steadily but it is hardly surprising that the adjustment in WA is more challenging. As the state that most benefitted from the construction phase of the resources boom associated with a once in a multi-generational rise in commodity prices - iron ore chief among them - WA was always going to be more heavily impacted than other states if the retreat in commodity prices was steep rather than gentle.

Nevertheless, while WA is lagging most states in most key measures of economic growth, including the labour market as the less labour-intensive production phase of the resources boom struggles to offset the loss of construction jobs in the resources sector itself, it is not in recession, although it probably would be if China’s own transition to a consumer-driven economy stumbles badly.


Dr Anne Garnett

Senior Lecturer - Economics

School of Management and Governance

Tuesday 24 May 2016

12.00 to 1.30pm

Senate Building Meeting Room 2.002

Closest paid car park, Car Park 3 and Car Park 4.

Campus map can be found here.

Light refreshments served.

Kindly RSVP: by 9 am, 23 May 2016

Sir Walter Murdoch School news and events

Global Voices Scholarships are open for applications

2.1 UNFCCC COP22 image logos.jpgPosted 6 May 2016

Applications are open until 15 July for TWO Global Voices Scholarships to attend meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington DC and the UN Climate Convention negotiations in Marrakesh, Morocco in Semester 2. Students will also travel to Canberra as part of a delegation to meet senior official and ministers. All costs including flights, hotels and most meals are covered.

Please follow the links below to apply. These scholarships are exclusively for Sir Walter Murdoch School students (must be Australian citizens or PR residents under 30) who enrol in the SWM619 Research Internship capstone unit. Candidates must be available for travel during the scholarship period and will need to arrange their other commitments accordingly. Academic merit is the primary basis for selection, but a candidate's wider interests and experience is also relevant.

SWMS application page:

Semester 2 delegation information page:

SWMS students information page:

If you are eligible to apply for the Global Voices Delegation and have any questions, please check the Global Voices website, then contact Capstone Co-ordinator, Dr Katie Attwell.

Click here for the pdf.

Jeffrey Wilson on 'Morrison’s Ruling on Kidman & Co Sale Redefines the National Interest Test'

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Our International Affairs Academic Chair, Dr Jeffrey Wilson, published a piece in Australian Outlook on the Treasurer’s decision to block the sale of Kidman & Co. to a Chinese buyer. It explores precisely what the ‘national interest’ means when the Commonwealth government assesses foreign investment applications.For the full article click here.

US Election Watch 2016 - Collaborative Event with PerthUSAsia Centre - Monday, 9 May

Posted 28 April 2016

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We are delighted to be co-hosting a special U.S. Election 2016 panel on 'The Next American Revolution'. The panel features two experts on American politics: Ms Penny Lee, a Democratic political and communication strategist and Mr Alex Conant, Republican political strategist.

Details attached. The event will take place on the afternoon of Monday 9 May, 3.00 to 4.30pm, at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Function Centre in East Perth. Space is limited, so please register as soon as you can, directly at

Our Australia Awards student from Myanmar shares her experiences at Murdoch University

Posted 26 April 2016

Ei Hnin Phyu Htun has been able to come to Australia to study her Public Policy & Management Masters degree at the Sir Walter Murdoch School thanks to Australia Awards, a government initiative offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.

In this video, Ei shares her admiration for Australia’s multiculturalism and world-class education. She affirmed that, among all the things she has learnt here, ‘the first thing is no one is above the law’ ‘in Australia everyone, regardless of the ethnicity , education or income, is treated equally according to the law’.

She also recommends alumni to remain connected through Australia Awards Alumni, a global network of international alumni who have studied in Australia.

Watch the full video to hear our student talking about her experience at Murdoch.

'Free Trade Agreements and the One Health Agenda' - Policy Seminar with Adjunct Professor Anna George


Posted 6 April 2016

Thursday 7 April 2016

11.30 to 12.45pm

Learning Link Building 513 Room 1.004

Anna George is currently an adjunct professor attached to the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs and also an associate fellow at Chatham House, Centre on Global Health Security. Prior to taking up these positions Anna was a career diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with policy development responsibilities for disarmament, trade and social development agendas and overseas postings as a multilateral negotiator and ambassador. Since leaving DFAT she has contributed to public policy agendas including governance issues linked to Free Trade Agreements, intellectual property and global health security issues.

Free Trade Agreements and the One Health Agenda

Public health experts and governments are focussing on policy and governance frameworks to address antimicrobial resistance and also non-communicable diseases. Paradoxically, the capacity to utilise some regulatory ‘tools’ may have been blunted by ‘behind the border’ obligations that are now embedded in bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trade facilitation, harmonisation and regulatory coherence obligations are designed to drive domestic regulation towards a governance model that will also be influenced by complex ongoing consultative obligations. This ‘living agreement’ framework includes the active participation of foreign and domestic corporations in many aspects of policy decision-making.

How will Australia deal with the competing pressures and obligations related to intertwining of trade and health security?


Associate Professor Dr Francesco Paolucci

Academic Chair – Health Policy and Leadership

Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs

Thursday 7 April 2016

11.30 to 12.45pm

Learning Link Building 513 Room 1.004

Closest paid car park, Car Park 5 (near child care centre) and Car Park 4.

Campus map can be found here.

Light refreshments served.

Kindly RSVP: by 5 April 2016

Please note photos will be taken for social media purposes. If you do not consent, please advise, as soon as you can, prior the seminar.

'Complex Policy Problems: The Role of Consultants' - Policy Seminar with Mr Robert Griew, Principal, Nous GroupRobert Griew.jpg and Enterprise Fellow, University of Melbourne

Posted 15 March 2016

Our next policy seminar with Mr Robert Griew, Principal, Nous Group & Enterprise Fellow, University of Melbourne will be held on

Monday 21 March 2016

12.30 - 1.45pm

Senate Building Senate Room 2.002

Mr Robert Griew brings a depth of experience at senior levels in health, education, Indigenous policy and in public administration generally. He has worked in Commonwealth, state and territory public services, in the community sector and has run his own consulting business. Prior to joining Nous, Robert was Associate Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, responsible for higher education, research and international education. Robert has degrees in education, public health and economic policy.

Complex Policy Problems: the Role of Consultants

Public servants serve the government of the day and, when they do their jobs well, they serve the government of tomorrow. They are skilled in the ambiguity that defines the intersection between policy and politics.

Management consultants serve their client and, when they do their jobs well, they serve a version of the public good.

Robert has operated at senior levels in government and as a management consultant. In this seminar, he will expand on the shared and the different normative models he has seen operating in both domains.

Using divergent examples, he will conjecture on the contribution the outsider, consultant perspective can offer, when consultants are prepared to embrace the wild side of policy.


Dr Simon White

Honorary Fellow

Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs

Mon 21 March 2016

12.30 - 1.45pm

Senate Building Senate Room 2.002

Closest paid car park, Car Park 3 and Car Park 4

Campus map can be found here.

Light refreshments served.

Kindly RSVP: by Friday 18 March.


Head of Health Policy Program a winner in the 40under40 awards

Posted 10 March 2016

Congratulations to our Health Policy leader, Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci, who was a winner at last night's 40under40 awards. Read more of the night here. Business News Western Australia ran an article on Murdoch's focus on health management recently.

Treaties under the spotlight: Murdoch expert weighs in on parliamentary scrutiny process

Posted on 9 March 2016

Murdoch University’s Ms Anna George will join a panel of experts on Friday, 18 March to discuss the role of the Australian Parliament in treaty oversight as part of the 20th anniversary of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT).

In our best interest: treaty scrutiny in a connected world will bring together academics, politicians, public servants and international law experts to explore what works and what could be done better with the Australian treaty scrutiny process.

With close to 20 years’ experience with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as an Australian ambassador and multilateral negotiator, Ms George will address the impact of bilateral agreements and changes to the ongoing management of trade obligations.

Ms George said that treaty making progress has been substantially altered over the last 20 years by what is generally referred to as the politics of globalisation and a preference for bilateral and regional trade treaties in order to progress politically contentious WTO-Plus agendas.

“Many of the newer multilateral treaties also have strong interaction with trade agendas and focus on protecting the environment, biodiversity and genetic resources, and issues related to pollution controls,” Ms George said.

“The interactive nature of these treaties, and the various negotiating forums, has added a high degree of complexity to any analysis of treaties.”

Ms George noted that JSCOT’s role is now more important because of the shift from agreements that were based primarily on adopting broad principles, implemented nationally and although often globally monitored, these treaties had fewer legal or financial sanctions attached.

“More complex legal and financial obligations are now embedded in many of the Agreements that fundamentally shift the balance from sovereign interpretation of obligations towards obligations based on harmonisation of policy agendas, including many with structured legal obligations to harmonise and develop regulatory coherence into the future,” she said.

Ms George also said that questioning the credibility of treaties is one of Australia’s key future challenges and that in the rush to develop and politically promote so many trade 'deals' there has been little attention paid to analysing whether these treaties accord with Australia's national interest – how they are used, by whom, who benefits and options forgone.

“Academics, various advocacy groups but also more mainstream commercial interests are gradually questioning the value of such agreements, particularly their complexity – differing rules of origin, excessive claims of their benefits and also the lack of capacity of bureaucracies and trade peak bodies to translate how they might be utilised,” Ms George said.

A host of academics will join Ms George, including University of Sydney’s Professor Ben Saul and Professor Tim Stephens, Griffith University’s Dr Edwin Bikundo and Law School Dean and Head of School, Professor Penelope Mathew. They will also be joined by Professor Andrew Byrnes from the University of NSW and Australian National University’s Mr Richard Rowe.

Representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Attorney-General’s Department will also provide a historical overview and what can be learned from the past 20 years. Current and former members of JSCOT will also provider their perspectives on the past and future of treaties in Australia.

JSCOT was established in 1996 to increase Parliamentary scrutiny of treaties as a result of reforms recommended by the Senate Committee report, Trick or Treaty.

For 20 years JSCOT has been examining treaties on behalf of the Parliament, and making recommendations on how – or if – Australia should take binding treaty action. JSCOT has inquired into 742 treaty actions and made over 157 reports to Parliament.

In that time, treaties have become increasingly complex. Australians are more connected to the broader world through trade, education and migration. International agreements increasingly affect not only broad issues of state but the actions and responsibilities of individual citizens. In our best interest: treaty scrutiny in a connected world is a free seminar on Friday, 18 March 2016 at Parliament House. To find out more, visit the Australian Parliament Website. Reserve your seat today or tune in at


“The Region that Ate Theory: Modernization and Democratization in East Asia”

Posted 8 March 2016

2016 Asia Research Centre Public Seminar Series

Professor Benjamin Reilly, Dean, Sir Walter Murdoch School, Murdoch University

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Senate Room, Murdoch University

11.30am to 1.00pm

Update 30 Mar 2016 Recording of the seminar can be found here.


The Region that Ate Theory: Modernization and Democratization in East Asia

This presentation looks at the disjuncture between democratic theory and democratic reality in East Asia. It focus particularly on the challenges that China and Southeast Asia presents for basic modernization theory, a foundation stone of comparative political science. In most of the rich world, including paradigmatic Northeast Asian cases of modernization such as Korea and Taiwan, economic development and democratization have tended to go hand in hand. In Southeast Asia, by contrast, almost none of the expected relationships between democracy and development seem to work. The most striking anomaly of all today is China, which appears to be moving ever further away from democratic reform as it grows richer. This presentation will explore this disjuncture between theory and practice.


Professor Benjamin Reilly is Dean of the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Murdoch University. He is a political scientist specializing in democratization, comparative politics and political development. Formerly Professor of Political Science, head of the Policy and Governance program and Director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU), Prof Reilly has also worked with the Australian government, the United Nations and other international organisations, and held visiting appointments at Harvard, Oxford, and Johns Hopkins universities. He has authored or edited seven books and over 100 scholarly papers, and received financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the United States Institute of Peace, the East-West Centre, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Australian Research Council. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the ANU.

Opinion: Can the TPP fix the ‘noodle bowl’ of Asian free trade agreements?jeffrey_wilson150x150.jpg

Posted 2 March 2016

Our International Affairs Academic Chair, Dr Jeffrey Wilson, examines the impact of the TPP on the fragmented trade architecture of the Asia Pacific. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is one the most significant developments in Australia’s trade and foreign policy agendas.

In an article published by the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Dr Jeffrey Wilson, a fellow of Murdoch’s Asia Research Centre, examines the impact of the TPP on the fragmented trade architecture of the Asia Pacific.

Experts have suggested the many bilateral trade agreements made by Asian governments during the 2000s has led to a ‘noodle bowl problem’ in the region, as each have wildly inconsistent agreements and differing rules.

The TPP may help to address the noodle bowl because of its size, its regulatory coherence and its flexibility as a ‘living agreement’, Dr Wilson says.

But its long term success will ultimately depend on its ability to draw in new members and attain full regional coverage. Korea, India, Indonesia and China are the conspicuous countries missing from the agreement.

Dr Wilson’s full article can be read here.

The piece was produced as part of a consultancy with the Perth USAsia Centre, a think tank that promotes stronger relationships between Australia, the Indo-Pacific and the USA.


Posted 22 February 2016

Congratulations to all Sir Walter Murdoch School students who graduated in February!

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Student wins Vice-Chancellery award

Posted 21 February 2016

A Sir Walter Murdoch School Development Studies student, Natalia Saeed, has won a Vice-Chancellor’s award to help her attend a major development cooperation forum in Europe. The Summer School on ‘New Development Cooperation: Breaking the Chains of Poverty’ will take place in Prague in July 2016.

Last year Natalia Saeed was also successful in winning an Australian Institute of International Affairs WA student bursary to encourage and support Western Australian university students to undertake educational activities in Asia. She travelled to Cambodia in July 2015 to work on a Humanitarian Design Summit with the organisation Engineers Without Borders Australia, gaining hands on experience on how community development projects are making use of new technologies. Congratulations Natalia!

‘The New World of Energy Geo-Politics’ - Policy Seminar with Mr Bill Townsend

Posted 10 February 2016

Our first policy seminar for 2016 was with Mr Bill Townsend, from INPEX Australia.Bill Townsend.jpg

Thursday 11 February 2016

12.30 - 1.45pm

Senate Building Senate Room 2.002

Bill Townsend is General Manager, External Affairs and Joint Venture at INPEX. In this role, he leads a 30-person team responsible for managing the company’s government and community relations, corporate social responsibility, Aboriginal affairs, regulatory approvals, communications, media relations and joint venture management.

Bill joined INPEX in 2006 and is a member of the Ichthys LNG Project Executive Committee. Beginning his career as a US Navy submarine officer, Bill entered the oil and gas industry in 1994 as a Business Advisor to BP Russia based in Moscow. Other assignments included the Shah Deniz gas project in Azerbaijan and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline project in Georgia as well as additional roles with BP in the Caspian region.

Bill arrived in Australia in 2004 to take up his immediate past role as the Joint Venture Coordination Manager for the North West Shelf Ventures at Woodside Energy. He has a BA (Political Science) from Northwestern University and an MBA from Dartmouth College. Bill holds dual American-Australian citizenship and is Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Western Australia and a Director on the national AmCham board.


Dr Jeffery Wilson

Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy,

Academic Chair International Affairs,

Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs

Fellow of the Asia Research Centre

Thursday 11 February 2016

12.30 - 1.45pm

Senate Building Senate Room 2.002

Closest paid car park, Car Park 3 and Car Park 4

Campus map can be found here.

Light refreshments served.

Kindly RSVP:

Reframing the Health Debate

Posted 5 February 2016

Over 100 health leaders attended a major health policy symposium to mark the launch of the Sir Walter Murdoch School’s new Health Policy masters program. ‘Reframing the Health Debate’ featured speakers from government, insurers, hospitals and consumer groups, provoking debate on the future of the health care system in WA and nationally. Murdoch Exchange news is featured here.

A number of newspapers ran articles in relation to this topic. The West Australian ran a front page story on the issues raised by HBF managing director Rob Bransby and WA Health Minister Kim Hames – see the full story at The West. WAtoday featured an article which can be located here and BusinessNews WA ran a recent article here.

Posted 12 January 2016

Our Health Policy and Leadership program held a symposium “Reframing the Health Debate” on 2 February 2016 at the Murdoch South Street campus. Please refer to the flyer for more details.

Sir Walter Murdoch School Student Cassie Houghton writes for IPAA WA

Posted 5 February 2016


Sir Walter Murdoch School Master of Public Policy Management student Cassie Houghton writes for IPAA WA on here experience at the IPAA 2015 National Conference in Sydney. Read her story here.

Mind games in push for better health

Posted 8 January 2016

Murdoch University is the first in Australia to teach how to “nudge” health recalcitrants, such as those who overuse antibiotics or refuse to vaccinate their children.

A new Sir Walter Murdoch School post-graduate health policy unit focuses on moving away from the big stick approach of governments telling people what to do, which often gets their back up.

Read the full story in the West Australian.

Murdoch student’s ‘experience of a lifetime’ at climate change talks

Posted 6 January 2016

A Murdoch University student who attended crucial climate change talks in Paris thanks to a generous scholarship said the trip was the “experience of a lifetime”.

Claire Smith, who is a master’s student at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, attended the UN’s annual Conference of Parties (COP21) in December as the inaugural winner of the School's Mal and Karyl Nairn Global Voices Scholarship.

Read the full story on the Murdoch Media website.