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.
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