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                Our Impact


                Legal opinion on Directors’ Duties and Climate Risks

                The centrepiece of this work was a ground-breaking legal opinion on directors’ duties and climate risk commissioned by CPD in partnership with the Future Business Council. The opinion found that company directors who ignore or mismanage climate-related risks could be held personally liable for breaching their legal duties under the Corporations Act.

                Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM)

                Established in August 2015, the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) is a ‘second track’ process pursuing more effective, durable and dignified approaches to forced migration in the Asia-Pacific. It has fast become a leading expert group on issues of forced migration in the region, trusted by the Bali Process and ASEAN for independent and credible advice.

                Cities and Settlement Initiative

                In 2018 CPD launched our Cities and Settlement Initiative – a three-year program that aims to improve the economic participation of refugees in Australia. Below we chart the background, current evidence, the three pillars of the initiative, and our current work program. For more information, please contact CPD Senior Project Manager, Lisa Button.

                Events


                John Menadue Oration

                The John Menadue Oration is CPD' flagship event. The inaugural Oration 'Can Democracy Deliver?' was held in 2017 to celebrate CPD’s 10th anniversary. It was delivered by former Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. In 2018, CPD presented the second Oration featuring the Italian-American economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato who addressed the question, “Can the State Deliver?”.

                ANU-CPD Policy Dialogues

                Since 2016, CPD has partnered with the Australian National University (ANU) for a renowned roundtable series—the ANU-CPD Policy Dialogues. The Dialogues are an opportunity for fresh thinking on Australia’s policy processes and strategies. They enable a wider variety of senior voices (business, professional and philanthropic community leaders) to contribute to a conversation on how to tackle the long-term opportunities and challenges facing Australia.

                Endorsements


                24 October 2017
                “CPD is doing important work to position Australia for the long term. They have a clever model and an exciting team. I’m honoured to join their Board”
                Sam Mostyn
                Non-Executive Director & CPD Board Member
                24 August 2017
                "Policy institutes can convince governments and businesses to take a longer term view. They should have a clear understanding of the challenges ahead, and bring unusual suspects together to secure outcomes consistent with Australian values. CPD delivers onboth counts."
                Forbes
                Janet Holmes à Court AC
                Australian businesswoman
                24 August 2017
                "CPD brings the highest quality intellectual rigour to its work drawing on the expertise of Fellows with experience in a range of sectors and applying that to issues of high importance and complexity, to Australia and the region."
                Kirsty Allen
                Program Manager: Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation
                24 August 2017
                "What the public needs is a sufficient fact base and organisations that argue persuasively on behalf of the many, not just a few. I commend CPD’s commitment to fairness, wellbeing and sustainability and its contribution to research in the public rather than sectional interest"
                The Hon Fred Chaney AO
                Former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia

                Our Programs


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                Media


                A chance to do better for migrants, and for the economy | Annabel Brown and Caitlin McCaffrie

                Covid-19 has exposed the flaws in Australia’s treatment of temporary migrants. Fortunately, a blueprint for change already exists.

                Here are ten steps to build a stronger Australia after Coronavirus | Travers McLeod

                The steps Australia takes after Covid-19 can’t take us back to the way we were. The prime minister’s message after briefings from treasury and the Reserve Bank has been clear: we need to grow differently. Here are 10 steps to do that and build a stronger nation.