Posts Tagged ‘public policy’

public service

Neil Scales OBE, Vincent Fairfax Fellow and Cranlana alumnus, reflects on the challenges he’s faced as Queensland’s Director-General, Transport and Main Roads, during COVD-19. A leader who brings a strong ethical focus to his work, Neil says consistency and clarity of communication has enabled him to make and implements some of the most complex and difficult decisions of his career.

The Mandarin, 4 December 2020

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budget deficit ethics

In this piece for Inside Story Cranlana’s Lead Moderator Peter Mares explore the ethics of the federal budget, and says the government needs to do more to share the risk.

Is the current taxpaying generation behaving unethically by allowing the government to amass a $213 billion deficit to inject life into the economy, and leaving others to pick up the tab?

In reality, the government had little choice but to spend on a vast scale. What might make that spending more or less ethical in intergenerational terms will depend at least partly on the effectiveness of the budget measures according to the government’s job-creation goals.

via Inside Story, 7 October 2020

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Homelessness Week

As the Covid-19 pandemic set in, state and territory governments around Australia rapidly found crisis accommodation — usually in hotels — for around 7000 people who were sleeping rough. But the impressive speed and resolve raised a difficult question: what happens next?

The federal government has a unique opportunity to begin reshaping Australia’s housing landscape in the October budget. Lead Moderator Peter Mares explores what lessons we can learn from Finland’s successful adoption of the ‘housing first’ model.

Inside Story, 4 August 2020

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female political leaders

A new study has revealed countries with male leaders who have prioritised the economy in their COVID-19 response have seen many more deaths from the virus than countries with female leaders who have focused on public health.

In their report, the authors argue there are “both contingent and structural reasons that may explain these stark differences”.

Vanessa Pigrum, CEO of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, has some thoughts on why this might be the case.

“These women have, like all leaders, had to make difficult decisions quickly, in an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation,” says Pigrum. “These decisions have had enormous consequences. They’ve slowed the spread of the virus and saved lives, but in doing so have economically impacted millions of people. Acknowledging these hardships with emotional courage, communicating with clarity and empathy, and calmly engaging in an authentic way with their constituents engenders public confidence.”

While an ability to maintain integrity throughout turmoil is certainly not unique to female leadership, Pigrum suggests how these female leaders got to be where they are may have affected their leadership style. “The traits of ethical leadership are the same regardless of gender or age, but the expression of those traits might be affected by whether those leaders followed a traditional path to authority,” she says.

via MindFood, 21 July 2020

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