The Annual Chief Minister's Governance Lecture


In a city like Canberra, the issues represented in our publically available archives continue to have relevance and resonance today. The archives are not merely quaint relics of some long-forgotten past. They are vital resources, capable of informing our current debates while also accounting for our previous actions.

The Chief Minister's Governance Lecture highlights the rich resources that can be found in ACT Government archives, and their links with the debates in our city today.

This annual event provides the opportunity for a researcher of some standing to explore a topic relevant to the history of the administration of the ACT through the use of newly released archival records. The aim of the lecture is to encourage substantial use of the Territory's archives and to share the results of that research with the broader community through a public event.

The inaugural Chief Minister's Governance Lecture was delivered by Dr Allan Hawke on 7 December 2015. Dr Hawke drew on the events and archives of 1994 to explore the theme "Governing the City State: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow".

The 2016 Lecture will be held on 17 August 2016 and will be delivered by Dr Tim Williams. This year's theme is "Making the City: Innovative Governance & Urban Policy in the Nation's Capital". Dr Williams is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Committee for Sydney, Principal with global consultancy Arup and has previously worked as a key thought leader in the UK on urban regeneration and economic development. His current work focuses on the 'big city' policy-making issues for Sydney and how best to ensure it flourishes and provides opportunities throughout Greater Sydney. Dr Williams has a PhD is history and is a qualified barrister. He is also an adjunct professor at UTS Business School..


Lecture Transcripts

2015 - "Governing the City State: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" or download PDF ( PDF 280Kb)


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