SSA Vic – Victorian Branch Meeting

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Evidence-based policy: issues and challenges

Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre (enter from Swanston Street)

The University of Melbourne, Parkville

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:30 PM

Adam Bandt

Federal Member for Melbourne

Moderated by Gael Jennings

Public policy can be positively informed by established evidence and rigorous methodology. This includes both the consideration of existing expert knowledge, as well as the use of methods such as randomized control trials, which are standard in medical research and developing health policy, to develop good policy options and more accurately assess their effectiveness. While attractive in principle, practical barriers can arise in the policy making process that can prevent proper assessment of evidence. Adam will present his perspective on the state of evidence-based policy in Australia, highlight some examples of where it has and hasn’t worked well, summarise the main challenges for its wider adoption and suggest how we could tackle them. The talk will feature an extended Q&A session, come prepared with your questions!

About Adam

Adam Bandt is the Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and the federal Greens spokesperson on industrial relations, banking, science and industry. He is the Federal Member for Melbourne, making history in 2010 when he became the first Greens MP elected to the House of Representatives at a general election. Since entering Parliament, Adam has successfully moved motions on marriage equality and condemning the government’s refugee deal with Malaysia. He has introduced legislation on protecting the Alpine National Park, banking reform, banning live animal exports and Parliamentary approval for sending troops overseas. Adam’s Bill to compensate fire fighters with cancer passed both houses in November 2012 and his Equal Marriage Bill is currently before a house committee. Adam received undergraduate Law/Arts Honours degrees at Murdoch University, where he won the Sir Ronald Wilson Prize for Academic Achievement, and he completed a PhD at Monash University in 2008.

About Gael

Gael Jennings is an award winning national TV and radio broadcaster with 25 years’ experience as presenter, reporter and TV executive. She was the ABC’s first national science and medical reporter for TV News, and for the 7.30 Report, presenter of Victoria’s 7.30 Report, reporter of ABC TV’s Quantum and Catalyst, host of ABC radio 774’s mid-morning and afternoon programs, presenter of the weekly studio-based television current affairs program Insight on SBS, and a development producer with ABC TV in the commissioning process for factual content. She is an award-winning author of 2 non-fiction books and is a regular commentator on ABC TV News Breakfast and 774 ABC radio.

This event is also Free Public Lecture at  the University of Melbourne.

SSA Vic - Victorian Branch Meeting
When: 16/09/2014
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Carillo Gantner Theatre,
Sidney Myer Asia Centre,
The University of Melbourne,

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