Events April 2017

03
Apr
2017

Democracy After Death: Film Screening and Discussion

Lina Koleilat, ANU, Marcus Mietzer, ANU and Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat, ANU

Democracy After Death: The Tragedy of Uncle Nuamthong Praiwan (directed by Neti Wichiansaen, 2016) begins with the story of Uncle Nuamthong Praiwan, an elderly taxi driver who hung himself in protest after the 19 September 2006 coup.

04
Apr
2017

Women and national security

Senator The Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Defence; Frances Adamson, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; plus many more.

Research has shown the security and equality of women is a vital factor in the security of the state and that increasing gender diversity in decision-making leads to better results.

04
Apr
2017

Understanding how change happens

Dr Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Adviser, Oxfam Great Britain.

Human society is full of would-be ‘change agents’. A restless mix of campaigners, lobbyists, and officials, both individuals and organisations, are set on transforming the world.

04
Apr
2017

India’s search for prosperity

Professor Vijay Joshi, Emeritus Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford.

For India to realise its huge potential, the relation between the state, the market, and the private sector must be comprehensively realigned. Deeper liberalisation of goods and factor markets is very necessary but far from sufficient.

04
Apr
2017

Overturning aqua nullius and reaffirming the Indigenous rule of law(s)

Dr Virginia Marshall
The omission of Indigenous peoples' water rights and interests, and the case for Australia’s formal recognition of the Indigenous rule of law(s) is examined.
05
Apr
2017

ANU Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Showcase

Various
We're excited to host the ANU Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (HASS) Showcase on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 April 2017 from 10am to 3pm, along with College of Arts & Social Sciences, the College of Law and the College of Business & Economics.
05
Apr
2017

Virginia Marshal masterclass: overturning aqua nullius - securing aboriginal water rights

Dr Virginia Marshall
The issues and challenges that face Indigenous peoples of Australia, governments and stakeholders in future water security will be explored in this masterclass.
07
Apr
2017

Childbearing and women’s empowerment in Indonesia

Giang Nguyen, PhD scholar, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

This paper examines the effect of childbearing on women’s empowerment in Indonesia, a country where the roles of men and women in family and in society are often sharply differentiated.

07
Apr
2017

Asian Development Outlook 2017

Donghyun Park, and Roland Rajah, Asian Development Bank (ADB).

ADB’s flagship economic publication Asian Development Outlook 2017 (ADO) provides a comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic issues in developing Asia and the Pacific, including growth projections by country and region.

10
Apr
2017

Australian aid evaluations: new policy, Indonesia's roads, and PNG health

Staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian Doctors International, and ANU.

This forum, which is jointly organised by the Development Policy Centre and the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE), is the latest in a series on the evaluation of Australian aid.

11
Apr
2017

Critical analysis of current regulatory frameworks to encourage investment in solar PV in Indonesia

Dr James Prest
This presentation critically reviews the design, implementation and effectiveness of Indonesia’s 2016 and 2017 Feed in Tariff incentive laws for grid-connected utility-scale solar PV.
11
Apr
2017

US Foreign Policy under President Trump

Professor Valerie Hudson, Tom Switzer and Professor William (Bill) Tow

Prior to his election in November 2016, President Donald J. Trump's foreign policy outlook was the antithesis of the "Washington playbook": the bipartisan consensus to support allies, free trade, and liberal democratic values across the globe.

11
Apr
2017

China’s Power and the Future of Australia

Professor Hugh White
Australia has never encountered an Asian country as powerful as China is today, and we have no idea how to deal with it. We still assume that America will be there to manage China’s rise and save us from choices we’d prefer not to face. But that assumption is no longer credible, so Australia must prepare to deal with a powerful China without US support. And to do that we must first think more carefully about the nature of Chinese power and what it means for Australia.
12
Apr
2017

Democracy in Africa: past, present and future

Andebrhan Welde Giorgi, President, Eri-Platform, and Senior Expert, Global Governance Institute.

Africa has a rich history; old and diverse cultures; and abundant and varied natural resources. Yet, a large majority of Africans remain poor, disenfranchised and oppressed.

12
Apr
2017

The Cremator 焚屍人

Convinced that he should not die single, a lonely cremator resorts to marrying a dead woman when he is diagnosed with lung cancer.
13
Apr
2017

Protecting economic and social rights in post-conflict Timor-Leste: a regulatory theory approach

Adérito Soares
The protection of some aspects of economic and social rights and the link between human rights and corruption in Timor-Leste is examined.
19
Apr
2017

The cost of raising an additional dollar of revenue

Sebastian Wende, PhD candidate, Research School of Economics, ANU.

We quantify and compare the welfare loss from increasing government revenue using different tax instruments by applying the marginal excess burden approach. We use a dynamic general equilibrium, overlapping generations model calibrated

19
Apr
2017

Complexity in governments and markets

Professor Vito Tanzi, former head of Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund.

The Tax and Transfer Policy Institute and the Development Policy Centre are pleased to host this event.

19
Apr
2017

Precision prevention: designing effective strategies for healthy communities

Dr Ross Hammond, Brookings Institution.

In this lecture, Hammond will explore new emerging ideas at the intersection of population health and systems modeling, focused on developing and deploying community-level strategies to effectively tackle major health challenges like obesity, diabetes,

20
Apr
2017

Zhang Xueliang and Terrains of Memory across the Taiwan Straits

Mark Harrison
This paper explores the terrains of memory that Zhang Xueliang inhabits on both sides of the Straits. It argues that his legacy suited the ideological interests of the PRC Party-state in obvious ways during the course of the KMT government under Ma Ying-jeou in Taiwan from 2008 to 2016. The paper further suggests that these divergent emphases in attempts at memorialisation point to a substantive schism in the significance accorded to Zhang. Those differences are so great that state-sponsored efforts to construct a common terrain of historical memory across the Taiwan Straits may have widened its fractures.
20
Apr
2017

How can we reduce inequality?

Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT.

Inequality in Australia is now as high as it has been in a lifetime. In this talk - the Hon Andrew Leigh MP’s third and final ‘Just Ideas’ speech - Dr Leigh will address the question of how to narrow the gap between rich and poor.

21
Apr
2017

Is electricity a key contributor to economic growth?

Rohan Best, PhD scholar, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School.

Previous studies have found mixed results on the impact of electricity availability on economic growth.

26
Apr
2017

First Contact: Impact of Pleistocene Hominins on Island Ecosystems Conference

Islands represent unique ecosystems which are highly vulnerable to environmental disturbances, invasions, and natural disasters.

26
Apr
2017

Australian fiscal forecasts in a time of political spin and economic change

Professor Bob Gregory, Research School of Economics, ANU.

In this seminar Bob Gregory explores budget outcomes, primarily tax revenue, over the last decade and a half in an attempt to explain why the forecasting errors are so large.

26
Apr
2017

Coping with high risk and uncertainty in aid policy design and practice

Adam Fforde, Professorial Fellow, Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University.

In this talk Professor Fforde will discuss how risk and uncertainty are best coped with in development practice.

28
Apr
2017

The persistent effect of conflict on human capital accumulation: evidence from Ethiopia

Samuel Weldeegzie, PhD scholar, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School.

This paper examines the persistent effect of the 1998–2000 Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict on learning achievement, likelihood of grade repetition, and school dropout of children and adolescents.

28
Apr
2017

Sino Australian Relations in the Age of Trump

Gai Brodtmann MP, Professor Richard Rigby, Professor Hugh White and Dr Shiro Armstrong

China today looms larger than ever in myriad aspects of Australian life-economic, political, strategic and cultural.

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