Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

Sir Walter Murdoch School news and events 2016

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”

David Butler.pngDavid Butler spoke to the Perth ‘I-nudge behavioural insights’ meetup group on January 23rd. In addition to giving a general overview of the field of behavioural economics, David took the opportunity to publicise related events soon to take place. Among these are the visit of Harvard Business School Professor and Head of Canberra’s Behavioural Economics Team of Advisors, Michael Hiscox in March. Professor Hiscox will also be a guest speaker in David’s related course ‘thinking and reasoning economically’.Finally David gave the group advance notice of the intention to hold the first ‘Nudgeathon’ outside the UK, a collaboration between David and Professor Uwe Dulleck at QUT, probably in September 2017.

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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.

Shaping the Views at the Top: The Shape of the Public Service to ComeIPAA pic shaping view.png

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

Sir Walter Murdoch School students David Reeve-Fowkes and Davia Brown were awarded honorary Young Professional Memberships of IPAA, the Institute for Public Administration Australia.P1040292.jpg

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

Sir Walter Murdoch School Dean Benjamin Reilly was a lead speaker at a DFAT-sponsored workshop in Manila looking at the link between electoral systems and development on 13-15 July. Ben_Reilly.jpg

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.

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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

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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.