John Menadue

Profile: John is a founder and fellow of the Centre for Policy Development. He was formerly Secretary of the Department of Immigration in the Fraser Government 1980 – 1983, when the Immigration Minister was Mr Ian McPhee. John was also previously Secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet under Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser, Ambassador to Japan, and CEO of QANTAS. More recently, John shared his insights into to the story of Australia’s multicultural mix in the SBS documentary series Immigration Nation. John is co-author of CPD's report 'A New Approach: Breaking the Stalemate on Refugees & Asylum Seekers.' You can find more articles and a copy of John's biography 'Things You Learn Along the Way' on his site here:

This is real corporate welfare

John Menadue and Ian McAuley look at how government handouts to the private health insurance industry put subsidies to the auto industry in the shade.

A new approach: breaking the stalemate on refugees and asylum seekers

This report comprehensively critiques Australia’s refugee and asylum policies and finds they are inhumane, ineffective and expensive. It argues that Australia needs a circuit-breaker in our treatment of people seeking asylum from war and persecution. On the 10th anniversary of the Tampa, Australia’s asylum and...

Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of medicare

Favouring private health insurance will come at a heavy price, argues John Menadue.

Extending the role of pharmacists

In the national interest and in their professional interest, pharmacists must participate in the transformation of our health sector from a sickness to a wellness model, argues the author. The 5000 pharmacies on high street are a highly accessible and high profile resource, more so...
Conference paper

The importance of universal health care and primary health care for rural and remote Australians

People living in rural and remote Australia, and particularly Indigenous Australians, have much poorer health and inferior health services than other Australians. This presentation briefly explores the issues of an ageing rural population and its associated health demands, the incidence of depression, lack of access...