Australian Parliament House

Churchill Policy Room

From L-R Trent Nelson, Chair Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Katherine Webber CF2018, Katrina Marson CF2018, Scott Falconer CF2017, Jennifer Bowles CF2014, Claire Seppings CF2015, Natalia Krysiak CF2018, Taryn Lane CF2016, Jessica Cocks CF2016, Steve Harrison CF2015, Megan Gilmour CF2016


The inaugural Churchill Policy Room was opened at Australian Parliament House on Monday 15 March 2021 by The Hon. Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Australians, Professor Deborah Terry, Vice Chancellor of The University of Queensland, The Hon. Margaret White AO, Patron of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and Mr David Trebeck, Chair of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board.

The Churchill Policy Room saw the launch of Policy Futures: A Reform Agenda, the flagship publication of the Policy Impact Program, a partnership between the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the University of Queensland to identify curate and advocate a selection of ideas to increase the accessibility of valuable evidence and experiences by policymakers within Australia.

This special event provided a select group of Churchill Fellows the opportunity to share their ideas and expertise with Federal Government Ministers, members of the opposition parties, senior bureaucrats and department officials to help lead Australia out of the COVID recession. This included key policy recommendations on a wide range of initiatives for their consideration.

It is hoped that the release of this publication encourages more partnership approaches toward developing public policy that is informed by broad groups of experts, including our Churchill Fellows.

Event Opening

The Churchill Policy Room launch at Parliament House featured opening remarks and policy insights from:

  • Professor Deborah Terry, Vice Chancellor of The University of Queensland
  • The Hon. Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Australians
  • The Hon. Margaret White AO, Patron of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
  • Mr David Trebeck, Chair of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board
  • Magistrate Jennifer Bowles, Churchill Fellow 2014
  • Mr Scott Falconer, Churchill Fellow 2017 and Fellowship companion Trent Nelson, Chairperson of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
  • Mr Steve Harrison, Churchill Fellow 2015

Watch the presentations made by our Policy Impact Program Churchill Fellows

Media Coverage


‘Courage through Change: Best and brightest gather to future proof Australia’ Churchill Trust Media Release 15 March 2021

Churchill Fellows hold ’war room’ to plot COVID-19 recovery  The Australian 16 March 2021

‘New Brains Trust for Public Toilet Research’ 4BC Weekends Podcast 20 March 2021 (Katherine Webber CF 2018)

‘Five crucial steps on the road to justice for women’ The Age 21 March 2021 (Katrina Marson CF 2018)

‘Planned or cultural burns: are they effective bushfire management methods?’ ABC News Online Monday 22 March 2021 (Scott Falconer CF 2017)

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP 23 March 2021 (Jennifer Bowles CF 2014)

‘Public toilet expert creates blueprint for how Australia can improve loo management’ ABC News Online and MSN 29 March 2021 (Katherine Webber CF 2018)

‘Mother’s “year from hell” exposes gap in justice and treatment systems’ Bendigo Advertiser 29 March 2021, Canberra Times 31 March 2021
(Jennifer Bowles CF 2014)

‘Nations public toilets failing to respond to need and to the local context’ Australasian Leisure Management 9 April 2021 (Katherine Webber CF 2018)

‘You can change things’ The Sunday Telegraph 11 April 2021 (Katrina Marson CF 2018)

‘Loo day dawns as spotlight shines on our public toilets’ The Grey Nomads 12 April 2021 (Kathryn Webber CF 2018)

‘Meet the Researcher Who Travels the World Studying Public Toilets’ VICE 13 April 2021 (Kathryn Webber CF 2018)

‘Canberra company takes robot presence to the world’ RIOTACT! 17 April 2021 (Megan Gilmour CF 2017)

‘We must see how all schools are teaching sex consent’ Daily Telegraph 17 April 2021 (Katrina Marson CF 2018)

‘An Early Start’ Sunday Age 18 April 2021 (Katrina Marson CF 2018)

Interview with Katrina Marson, sex education advocate ABC Radio National Drive 19 April 2021

Interview with Katrina Marson, sex education advocate ABC Radio Sydney 20 April 2021 (Katrina Marson CF 2018)

‘Milkshake video the final straw in consent discontent’ The Sydney Morning Herald 20 April 2021 (Katrina Marson CF 2018)

Interview with Katrina Marson, sex education advocate ABC Radio Canberra 20 April 2021 (Katrina Marson CF 2018)

Rage of Consent Channel 9 60 Minutes 25 April 2021 (Katrina Marson CF 2018)

‘Ill Informed Consent’ The Monthly National May 2021 (Katrina Marson CF 2018)

‘Not on our Watch’ The Saturday Paper Melbourne (Katrina Marson CF 2018)

‘Supporting Traditional Owners To Care For Country’ Premier of Victoria The Hon Daniel Andrews Website 9 May (Scott Falconer CF 2017)

Pre-recorded interview with Canberra based sexual offences prosecutor Katrina Marson CF 2018 ABC Radio National 24 May 2021

‘We can, through education, drive rates of sexual offending down’ The Weekend Australian Magazine 5 June 2021 (Katrina Marson CF 2018)

Radio interview with Katherine Webber about public toliets ABC Radio Canberra 30 June 2021 (Katherine Webber CF 2018)

‘Everyone has a public toilet story’ City News Canberra 28 July 2021 (Katherine Webber CF 2018)

‘Educators learn about consent education’ PS News 28 July 2021 (Katrina Marson CF 2018)

Enquiries to Kirsty Guster via email kirsty.guster@churchilltrust.com.au or phone 0437 301 390.