News at Cranlana

Read recent news about our organisation, along with published articles written by our staff and alumni interviews

If I Don’t Celebrate Australia Day, Does That Make Me Unpatriotic?

The official website for Australia Day describes January 26 as an opportunity to reflect on the highs and lows of our history. Yet, for the majority of Australians, it’s a day spent celebrating with barbecues and backyard cricket, invoking the complex and sometimes problematic notion of patriotism.

Via ABC Religion & Ethics, 24 January 2022

Competent Leadership Demands Integrity When It Comes To Public Service

According to Matt Beard, ethicist and Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, in Australian politics near enough should not be good enough – and there is nothing like an integrity commission to show us we deserve better. In this interview, Matt describes the Berejiklian saga as a telling example of how Australians do not expect politicians to be ‘clean-handed people’.

Via The Mandarin, 18 January 2022

The Pandemic Has Exposed Our Moral Debilities — What Can We Learn From It?

As 2021 draws to a close, it’s tempting to give in to the familiar conceit: “I can’t wait to put this year behind me!” But wishing away the year that was is attempting to leave the pandemic in the past (if, indeed, it lets us do so), and doing so would mean to carry forward the range of social, political, and moral debilities it highlighted, leaving them unaddressed and us still in their thrall. In this article for ABC Religion & Ethics, Dr Matt Beard, ethicist and Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, considers the moral debilities the pandemic has exposed and what we can learn from this.

Via ABC Religion & Ethics, 17 December 2021

What Would You Do?

According to The Ethics Index 2021 – a survey of 1,000 people’s attitudes to ethical conduct across society – our perception of Australia as an ethical society has decreased compared to that of 2020. This drop in perception of ethical behaviour has been recorded across most industries, occupations and sectors, and is likely due to increased debate around the pandemic.
Via the ABC, 13 November 2021

Via Governance Institute of Australia, 17 November 2021

The Ethics Of Conflict Of Interest

Dr Matt Beard, ethicist and Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, spoke with Geraldine Doogue for Saturday Extra on the ABC about conflicts of interest.

Via the ABC, 13 November 2021

2021 Chief Executive Women Scholarship winner announced

Congratulations Commodore Fiona Sneath, RAN Deputy Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force , recipient of a Chief Executive Women (CEW) Public Sector scholarship. We look forward to welcoming Fiona to the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

November 2021

The Rise Of Responsible Investing

Responsible investments are the hot new trend. Richard Brandweiner, an alumnus of the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, chair of Impact Investing Australia and chief executive, Australia, of investment manager Pendal – sees the beginning of a long-term transition in asset allocation towards responsible investing. But transparency and reporting standards are needed to avoid greenwashing.

via Acuity, 30 September 2021

Boards Have Responsibility To Manage Ethics

Ethics and managing material ethical issues are board responsibilities, but directors can be at risk of having tunnel vision and not recognising the impacts of their decisions.

via FS Sustainability, 23 September 2021

Good Ideas Going Nowhere

Timid governments need shaking up — and the pressure won’t come from the top.

Inside Story, 28 August 2021

The common good and coronavirus lockdowns

People in greater Sydney are incredibly frustrated after weeks in lockdown as case numbers are not going down. Dr Matt Beard, Program Director Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, talks about about the moral decisions that locked-down residents are making every day.

ABC News, 29 July 2021

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How philosophical ethics can build public trust in government

There’s a strong trend in a lot of organisations to try to address ethical issues through system design, behavioural economics and nudging. Dr Matt Beard understands the motivation behind it but has concerns about that development. He says building skills in philosophical ethics could assist public servants in their response to complex issues and boost public trust.

via The Mandarin ,24 June 2021

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Skills To Look for In An Ethical Leader

In times of uncertainty, especially when the stakes are high, people look to their leaders with a greater sense of urgency and expectation.

Because these times tend to make us feel afraid, we often expect our leaders to do whatever it takes to guarantee our safety and survival – whether in terms of physical health, economic wellbeing or providing some sense of assurance about what the future holds.

However, leaders need to be careful about the ways they provide for these needs. Crisis leadership needs to be about preserving more than just safety and certainty – it needs to be about preserving our moral character, too. This isn’t easy to do, but there are some basic skills leaders can aim to develop that will help them practice a more ethical form of leadership. And these are the same skills we should be looking for when we’re deciding who deserves to lead us in times of crisis.

via Sydney Morning Herald ,18 June 2021

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021

This year twenty Cranlana Centre alumni were awarded Queen’s Birthday Honours, recognising their contribution to building a just, prosperous and sustainable society. We offer our warmest congratulations to each on these well deserved awards.

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What Should You Look For In Leadership Development Courses?

You’ve pivoted, innovated and gotten into the groove of working from home – at least some of the time. Important things like professional development can’t, and shouldn’t, be on hold any longer. Executive education can be a significant investment of time and money so you need to find the right course. What should you be considering when making your choice?

June 2021

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Let’s Talk: Degree Or Experience? Deciding What To Look For When Hiring Newcomers

Job candidates with a tertiary qualification demonstrate they possess intellectual ability, ambition, and discipline, but does this automatically make them the best person for the job? So how do you prioritise these attributes and choose the best candidate, every time? Dr Matt Beard, Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship offers his thoughts on what to look for.

via Dynamic Business , 16 June 2021


Why Do Start-ups and SMEs Need A Strong Ethical Foundation?

There are 305 million start-ups in the world, and 100 million more opening each year. Of these, a frighteningly high proportion will fail. It is arguably tougher for women founders, with fewer of them and barriers such as the gender gap in venture capital investment continuing to be a problem. So, what do start-ups and SMEs need to succeed?

via Womens Agenda, May 2021


New Ethical Tests for Our Leaders

What does ethical leadership look like in the time of COVID-19? How do leaders respond to the challenge of rallying staff around a common goal during a global pandemic? Moral philosopher and ethicist Dr Matt Beard, Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, in conversation in this Philanthropy Australia podcast.

via Philanthropy Australia , May 2021

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How To Make The Right Decision

The vast majority of ethical dilemmas do not relate to large scale fraud or stealing. They are dilemmas we all face daily in the course of our work says Cranlana Centre CEO Vanessa Pigrum.

via Australian Financial Review, 6 May 2021

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Supporting Veterans During And After Service – Anzac Day 2021

Commemorating Anzac Day ties us to every Anzac Day that has come before. This year, James Carleton, Dr Matt Beard and Rev Kaye Ronalds discuss military ethics and chaplaincy as Australia’s longest war – in Afghanistan – comes to an end.

via ABC, God Forbid, 25 April 2021

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How ‘Ethical Allies’ Elevate Public Service Capability

Cranlana Centre Lead Moderator Peter Mares believes now is the best time for public servants to reset personal motivation and re-imagine common concepts like consultation and collaboration, with the support of ethical allies.

via The Mandarin, 1 April 2021

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Why Organisations Must Consider Ethics In Their Recruitment Processes

Cranlana Centre CEO Vanessa Pigrum says organisations need to consider the ethics of their recruitment process, and how it’s experienced by unsuccessful candidates. That experience will be shared widely, so it’s not only right but wise to make it a good one.

via Recruitment Marketing Magazine, 26 March 2021

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How To Lead A Truly Inclusive Team

Diversity is more than just a corporate buzzword. For meaningful change within our offices, inclusion is key. Here, Carol Innes, Manager Aboriginal Cultural Heritage & Arts Development WA, Co-Chair Reconciliation WA and an alumna of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, reveals how leaders can foster inclusivity

via Marie Claire, 18 March 2021

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Matt Beard: Law Firm Could Have Consulted More Staff Before Taking Case

Dr Matt Beard, new Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, talks about the role of ethics in the workplace, and how they can guide people and organisations in difficult times. “If we think about ethics as being this shared custodianship of the common good and the things that matter to all of us, then talking about ethics becomes a way of creating opportunities and of maximising real value, not just market value.”

The Australian, 13 March 2021