Leunig on The Future of Australian Society and the Public Service

Featuring Cartoonist and Social Commentator, Michael Leunig

Events - 26 Sep 2013

The Future of Australian Society and the Public Service featuring Micheal Leunig provided an interesting view on the public sector from an 'outsider's' perspective.

Earlier this year we explored the future of the public service from an insider’s perspective with Prof. Peter Shergold. This session was a follow up to a thought-provoking discussion about how society is changing and what that means for the public service.

Leunig, a noted social observer, outlined a perspective on the future of Australian society and engaged in a facilitated panel discussion about that future with Landgate Acting Chief Executive, Ms Jodi Cant and Public Sector Commission Director of Performance and Oversight, Mr Alan Barrett.

A common theme explored by presenters was the need for creativity within the public service and Leunig’s illustrations of a duck symbolised this creativity and “it often being left at the door”.

Jodi Cant commented, “I think there needs to be a space for creativity...the public sector is set up around frameworks... we need to recognise the boundaries that can be pushed. There are ways to work within the boundaries that allow the ‘ducks’ to be free.”

Topics Included

  • What are the developing societal needs that will shape demand for government services over the coming decade?
  • How do people feel about the public service? Is there a sense of connection?
  • The role of public service in inspiring human endeavour
  • How the public service is and might respond to the changes identified by Leunig.

Panellists

Jack Busch (Facilitator)
Leadership Coach

 

 

Michael Leunig
Australian Cartoonist

 Read more about Michael Leunig.

 
 

Jodi Cant
A/Chief Executive
Landgate

 

 

Alan Barrett
Director of Performance and Oversight
Public Sector Commission
 

 

2013 Michael Leunig - Part One

2013 Michael Leunig - Part Two

2013 Michael Leunig - Part Three

IPAA WA CEO Gavin Lewis welcomes guests Leunig on The Future of Australian Society and the Public Service Jack Busch facilitated the seminar
Cartoonist Michael Leunig describes his view on the public sector Leunig on The Future of Australian Society and the Public Service Michael Leunig and Jack Busch in conversation
Panellists Jack Busch, Jodi Cant and Alan Barrett Panellists Michael Leunig, Jack Busch, Jodi Cant and Alan Barrett Panellists Michael Leunig, Jack Busch, Jodi Cant and Alan Barrett
Leunig on The Future of Australian Society and the Public Service Leunig on The Future of Australian Society and the Public Service Leunig on The Future of Australian Society and the Public Service
Alan Barrett in group discussion Jack Busch in the group discussions
Jody Cant in workshop discussions
Michael Leunig in group discussions