2013 Reid Oration

Member Events - 22 Oct 2013

UWA's lecture theatre was a full house last Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 at the 2013 Reid Oration with special guest presentation from Associate Professor Paul McLeod. Over 250 people attended the lecture, which explored "The Challenge of Formulating Public Policy “In Public”.

This lecture discussed how policy formulation is potentially fragmented and losing its ability to distinguish justifiable policies from vested interest policies when polices are articulated in public before they have had detailed consideration. It also considered whether our understanding of public policy is lacking context and depth notwithstanding the mountain of material produced on all manner of topics in the media. This leads to the idea that we have lost sight of the most important policy challenge namely the balance between equity and efficiency in a modern market economy.

Paul McLeod is an Associate Professor of Economics at The University of Western Australia and an Adjunct Professor at the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).

He has had a long involvement with public policy through teaching, research and consulting. He has been Chairperson of the independent State Water Allocation Committee, the Task Force Reviewing Long Term Development and Management Strategies for the South West Irrigation System, and the Task Force for the Review of Natural Resource Legislation in Agriculture. He has been a member of the Hearings Panel for the State Planning Strategy. He is a member of the economics panel of the Economic Regulation Authority. Most recently he was a member of the Leadership Assessment Sub-Panel for LandCorp’s selection process for a development partner for the development of a new city at Alkimos and a member of the Project Design Review panel for Newman and Karratha as part of the Pilbara Cities Strategy.

The annual event is supported by UWA and encourages public interest and research into public policy and contemporary thinking.

Read more about the Reid Oration here.


View recorded lecture here.

View speech notes here.