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Cranlana Confidential – 5 November


Cranlana Confidential is one of the opportunities we’re creating for our alumni to continue to draw on each other’s experience.  This online program is a series of 60 minute conversations, offering an opportunity for you to engage with a prominent alumnus from your own sector, or one you’re interested in.  Our Lead Moderator, Peter Mares, will start the session with a one-on-one interview discussing the guest’s experience of trying to lead their organisation ethically and effectively, before segueing to a group conversation.

Capped at 20 participants, and conducted under the strictest confidentiality, this is your opportunity to talk frankly with leaders in your field, and engage in in-depth, meaningful discussion with your peers.

Exclusive to Cranlana alumni, these sessions are rare chances to share experiences with professional colleagues who can act as a sounding board, feeding into your thinking and actions on important issues.


As the world watches the outcome of an especially acrimonious US Presidential election, we thought the first week in November would be an ideal time to discuss the challenges of maintaining a healthy democracy here in Australia.  Two federal MPs and Cranlana alumni, Katie Allen and Julian Hill, will join Lead Moderator Peter Mares to give a practitioners’ view of the ethical challenges of political life. While Australia’s democratic system is very different to America’s, it is weathering similar storms, including increased polarisation fuelled by the echo chamber of social media, citizen disengagement and disenchantment, falling levels of public trust in democratic processes and institutions, and the difficulty of matching short-term electoral cycles with long-term problems like climate change.

Liberal MP Dr Katie Allen was elected to represent the seat of Higgins at the 2019 federal election. Previously, she was a paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 28 years, a Professor at the Universities of Melbourne and Manchester and Director of the Australian Centre of Food and Allergy Research. Katie Allen has published more than 300 scientific papers and has been recognised internationally for her work by the World Health Organisation and the US National Academy of Science.

Labor MP Julian Hill has represented the electorate of Bruce since 2016. With qualifications in Science and Law, Julian Hill began his political career in local government when he was elected as a Councillor in the City of Port Phillip Council at the age of 25, and subsequently became the City’s youngest ever Mayor.  He also held Director levels positions in the Victorian Public Service, working in economic development, employment, community development, urban planning, local government, migration, and international education.

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05 Nov 2020