2019 Irene Longman Oration – broken down

On the 9th December 2019, IPAA Queensland was delighted to host about 75 distinguished guests  at its flagship annual Irene Longman Oration.

Held at top of the iconic venue, 1 William Street, professionals from across the public purpose sectors converged to hear one of Australia’s most eminent public sector leaders, Professor Peter Shergold AC address the currentand future state of Australia’s democratic landscape and implications for public administration.

Assistant Minister the Honourable Jennifer Howard MP welcomed guests and set the scene about the work and life of Irene Longman:
“Irene paved the way for equality and female politicians into this place and make great contributions. I’m grateful for the road Irene paved that I, like many other women, elected to Queensland Parliament can walk.”

Drawing on his experience at the helm of several APS departments, his last at PM&C, and his observations since, Professor Shergold provided a fearless, honest and inspiring address on the current state of democracy in Australia (and globally).

“Just fifty nine percent of Australians are satisfied with democracy.”

“Only around ten percent believe the government in Australia is now run for the people.”

“As a nation we need to talk about this.”

Professor Shergold presented a compelling argument for rebuilding trust in the institutions and processes of democracy and outlined five ways in which public servants can strengthen democratic governance. These included some familiar roles such as speaking truth to power and bringing expertise to public policy, but he also identified others, such as being the voice of moderation, that are critical in today’s political environment.

These are just a sample of the analysis and insights shared by Professor Shergold  at this year’s Oration. To watch the full video, join as an individual member and access on your personalised member portal.

The 2019 Irene Longman Oration saw the conclusion of IPAA Queensland’s 2019 theme –  the “Future of Public Purpose Work”.

This event signals and amplifies IPAA Queensland’s purpose and mission.  We promote and enhance the professionalism, capability and integrity of public administration and pride in public service.

If you’re a public servant or engaged in public purpose work, we encourage you to get to know and connect  with IPAA Queensland.  Find out more about us by reading more on our site or through joining as a member here.


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