A select group of the nation’s leading Churchill Fellows have been invited to pool their creative minds, share their expertise and help lead Australia towards a fair, just and inclusive society and guide the nation’s COVID recovery.
As members of the inaugural Churchill Policy Room at Federal Parliament, and as recognised experts in their chosen field, the Fellows will spend their time in Canberra advising Federal Government Ministers and members of the Opposition parties, senior bureaucrats and departmental officials.
CEO of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Adam Davey has created the Churchill Policy Room, with the help of the University of Queensland, based on the concept of the Churchill War Rooms during the Second World War.
“Churchill selected the brightest minds from all political parties and created a special War Cabinet to fight for his nation’s future. In the wake of the world’s most devastating pandemic in more than a century, this type of unity and strength of purpose is exactly what Australia needs,” Mr Davey said.
Mr Davey said that he was also honoured the Churchill Policy Room inaugural event coincided with the inaugural Women’s March 4 Justice, being held just outside.
“Churchill knew that for society to move forward, regular people had to take a stand for what their conscience told them was right… And the fight being held just outside today is a fight worth having.”
The Fellows in attendance have expertise in justice, sustainable cities and communities, education, health and wellbeing, science, technology and society, with the debate outside shaping talks today, the Fellows can examine how they can use their knowledge to lead change in their industries.
“Churchill knew that society was not static, that things must change and evolve. As a nation we have to learn to embrace change, be humble and acknowledge when the system is broken, and strive to achieve a solution in line with contemporary standards and expectations,” Mr Davey said.
“The worst thing that could happen now is for the debate happening right outside these halls to flounder by getting stuck in the quagmire of politics. It is not a political issue, it’s a people issue.”
“We have the knowledge, talent, expertise and the will to change. Like Churchill, it is up to us to answer the questions of our time. We hold this solemn responsibility to do our duty and strive to end injustice.”
“For more than 50 years, the Churchill Trust has been supporting approximately 100 Australians each year who are the recognised leaders of their chosen fields to investigate their industry’s leading practices abroad and return home to implement any breakthrough ideas for the benefit of Australian society.”
The Churchill Policy Room will bring a focus to the topics of their Fellowships at this critical time for our country and the world.