Chief Minister's Annual Governance Lecture


In a city like Canberra, the issues represented in our publicly 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 5th Chief Minister's Governance Lecture was delivered by Emeritus Professor John Halligan from the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra on 2 December 2019. Professor Halligan drew on the events and archives of 1998 to explore the theme 'Established as a Body Politic: Thirty Years of Self-Government in the ACT'.  The transcript of the lecture has been made available by Professor Halligan and can be accessed through the link below.

Lecture Resources

5th lecture - Established as a Body Politic..: Thirty Years of Self-Government in the ACT

4th lecture - Data and Government: Opportunity and Trust 

3rd lecture - All Aboard:  The Journey of High Speed Rail 

2nd lecture - Content unavailable for release

1st lecture -  Governing the City State: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (PDF version 280Kb)