A Federation for the 21st Century

A Federation for the 21st Century

Nov 11
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CEDA's major research report for 2014 will examine the efficiency and effectiveness of Australia's federation and set a practical and forward-looking reform agenda. Join CEDA for an important discussion on how to improve our systems of government.


The Hon. Michael Kirby, Former Judge, Federal Court of Australia
Dr Lynn Arnold, Member, CEDA South Australia State Advisory Council
Jennifer Menzies, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Griffith University

Event overview

As the Federal Government embarks on an ambitious reform process for Australia's Federation, CEDA will be making an important contribution to the debate by releasing a volume of perspectives on Australia's federal system and a reform agenda to make it more effective and efficient. The report will examine key issues, including:

  • Taxation arrangements - who should collect what;
  • Issues of overlap, duplication and confused accountability;
  • Roles and responsibilities for federal, state and local government; and
  • Regulatory reform, efficiency and effectiveness.

Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Michael Kirby
Former Judge, Federal Court of Australia

When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG was Australia's longest serving judge. Since his judicial retirement he has been very active and serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia. He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities. He also participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings. He has been awarded many honorary doctorates. In 2013 he was appointed a Commissioner of the UNAIDS Commission on Sustainable Health (2013-14). Later in 2013 he was appointed by the President of the UN Human Rights Council pursuant to a resolution of the Council, to head the Commission of Inquiry on Alleged Human Rights Violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (2013-14).

Meet the speakers

Dr Lynn Arnold
Member, CEDA South Australia State Advisory Council

Dr Lynn Arnold was Chief Executive Officer of Anglicare SA from 2008 to mid-2012. He was responsible for overseeing South Australia's largest non-government agency with over 1500 staff and 1000 volunteers with an annual budget of $100 million. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for his services to Australia through the South Australian Parliament as Premier, and internationally through development and humanitarian aid assistance. In 2001 he received the Centenary Medal for his services to the Australian community.

Jennifer Menzies
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Griffith University

Jennifer Menzies is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University, and a member of the Commonwealth Grants Commission. She has over 20 years' experience in public administration and public policy. She was a senior executive in the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet including holding the position of Cabinet Secretary from 2001 to 2004. Jennifer was the inaugural Secretary for the Council for the Australian Federation. She publishes in the area of intergovernmental relations, federalism and caretaker conventions.

Supported by CEDA member

National research sponsor