Our Mission

The Evidence-Based Policy Research Project promotes evidence and consultation-based public policy making through:

  1. Facilitating an annual review of the extent to which federal and state legislation meets the standards of that requirement and
  2. Campaigning for the adoption of a Green and White Paper process for all contentious bills introduced in a parliament or, at least, a Statement of Public Interest to accompany bills tabled in parliament.

 

Our Governance

In early 2021 we left the newDemocracy Foundation to incorporate as a standalone not-for-profit association in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

The association is governed by a Committee of 12 members with senior backgrounds in government, corporate, academic and community organisations.

They are:

Office Bearers:

Percy Allan AM

Professor Percy Allan AM

Chair

Visiting Professor, Institute of Public Governance, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a former Secretary, NSW Treasury; Chair NSW Treasury Corp; Co-Founder and Chair, FANMAC Ltd (now RESIMAC ); Chief Finance Officer, Boral Ltd; Chair, NSW Premier’s Council on the Cost & Quality of Government and chair of other public and private organisations.

Percy Allan AM

Glenn Barnes 

Deputy Chair

Co-Chair of Citizens for Democratic Renewal and as the Governance Editor for IdeaSpies.

Was involved in manufacturing and financial services for over 30 years, as an executive and business leader. He was Executive General Manager of Global Banking and Financial Services in the successful 1990’s leadership team of NAB.

Recently retired as Chairman of Ansell Limited, an ASX100 company, and as Chairman of Australian Unity Limited ending a period of over 20 years as a public company director.

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Malcolm Irving AM

Deputy Chair

Director at O’Connell Street Associates Pty Limited whose former positions included being Chair, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Deputy Chancellor, Macquarie University, Chair, Caltex Ltd and Managing Director of CIBC Australia.

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Richard Whitington

Secretary

Freelance writer who was Gough Whitlam’s private secretary both in opposition and in government. He later spent 25 years in marketing and corporate communications, including being Managing Director of Mojo advertising agency. He finished his career with 20 years in executive recruitment and retired in 2019.

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Rebecca Bishop

Treasurer

An experienced public policy and financial advisor who has worked for the Wesley Mission, Family and Community Services, IPART and the NSW Treasury.

Other Members:

Percy Allan AM

Sarah Davies AM

Committee Member

CEO of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, a national organisation that works to create a safer online and offline world for children.  Extensive experience in the for-purpose sector, creating positive social change. Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology; Deputy Chair, Centre for Social Impact; Council Member, National Museum of Australia; Director, Teach for Australia; former CEO of Philanthropy Australia.

Percy Allan AM

Verity Firth

Committee Member

Executive Director, Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Co-Chair of the Citizens for Democratic Renewal Project whose career has included being Chief Executive Officer of the Public Education Foundation; Minister for Education and Training; Minister for the Environment; and Minister for Women in the NSW Government.

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Russel Grove

Committee Member

Clerk Emeritus of the NSW Legislative Assembly. Retired in 2011 after 21 years in the role. Served during the reign of 12 Premiers and eight Speakers in Australia’s oldest parliament. Worked at Parliament House for 40 years, in all, through more than 2,000 sitting days, and the introduction of more than 6,000 bills. Awarded the Public Service Medal and Centenary of Federation Medal for service to the Parliament.

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Professor Janette Hartz-Karp

Committee Member

Emeritus Professor, Curtin University (WA) and Co-Director of Empowering Participation. Expert in deliberative democracy, with widespread experience including Australia’s first Citizens’ Parliament in Canberra and its largest deliberative democracy initiative – Dialogue with the City. Similar exercises in Pune and Bangalore India, Alberta Canada, and Beer Sheva Israel. Also held senior positions in the public sector including in the Senior Executive Service in WA.

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Professor Carol Mills

Committee Member

Director, Institute of Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney and former Secretary, Department of Parliamentary Services; Director-General, Communities NSW; and Director-General, NSW Department of Arts, Sport and Recreation.

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Professor Peter Shergold AC

Committee Member

Chancellor, Western Sydney University and Chair, New South Wales Education Standards Authority. He is a former Secretary, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; Chair, NSW Public Service Commission; Secretary, Department of Education, Science and Training; Secretary, Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business; Commissioner, The Australian Public Service Commission and CEO, ATSIC.

Malcolm Irving

Martin Stewart-Weeks

Committee Member

Principal, Public Purpose, an independent advisory practice working at the intersection of government, policy, technology and co-author of Are We There Yet? – The Digital Transformation of Government and the Public Service in Australia (2019). He formerly headed the Asia-Pacific public sector consulting and innovation team in Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group. Prior to that he held senior positions in both the federal and NSW state governments.

Editorial Panel:

Percy Allan AM

Professor Kenneth Wiltshire AO

Panel Advisor and Author of the Evaluation Criteria

JD Story Professor of Public Administration at the University of Queensland Business School. He has published extensively on comparative federalism and constitutional reform., Former member of the Commonwealth Grants Commission.
Consultant for the New Federalism reforms of the Fraser and Hawke governments.
Founding Board member of the Constitutional Centenary Foundation. Served as Chair of several Commonwealth-State bodies and was Australia’s representative on the Executive Board of UNESCO.

 

Percy Allan AM

Martin Stewart-Weeks

Member, Editorial Panel

Principal, Public Purpose Pty Ltd.  See further background under Other Members abov

Malcolm Irving

Professor Percy Allan AM

Member, Editorial Panel

Visiting Professor, Institute of Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology, Sydney. See further background under Office Bearers above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Membership

If you support our mission you are welcome to join our Association and participate in its activities. Its annual general meeting is held in November. To become a member please email us.