How government communicates in a complex world

1 Aug 2013

Politics and the media move fast. But the longer-term work of democracy and government goes on, often dealing with complex policy issues of major importance.

In this event at Crawford School of Public Policy, Michael Wesley of the National Security College, James Button of the John Button Foundation, Andrew Hockley of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Katharine Murphy of The Guardian Australia discuss how government and policymakers can better communicate complex issues. The event is chaired by Mark Matthews of the HC Coombs Policy Forum.

The ways in which we understand changes in geopolitics, demographics, equality and the environment have long histories and will shape the future of the nation for decades to come. This public event focuses on the public service and the changing ways in which it communicates and engages with the community about complex, long-term policy.

How does the public service communicate about its work and role? How has the relationship between the public service and media changed, and what does this mean for public understanding and debate of major policy issues? And what role can academics and think-tanks play?

This forum brings together leading figures from the public service, academia and policy think-tanks for a discussion of these important questions.

-Michael Wesley, Professor of National Security, ANU and 2011 winner of the John Button Prize;

-James Button, Communications Manager, Grattan Institute and board member, John Button Foundation;

-Andrew Hockley, Executive Coordinator, Strategic Policy, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet;

-Katharine Murphy, Deputy political editor for Guardian Australia;

-Chaired by Mark Matthews, Executive Director, HC Coombs Policy Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

It is presented in partnership with the John Button Foundation -

Read more about the forum here.

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