Presenter/s: Sarah Burr, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet; Linda Botterill FASSA, UC; Carolyn Hendriks, ANU; Deborah Lupton FASSA, UC
Event type: Forum
Event date: Wednesday, 12 September 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event venue: National Portrait Gallery Terrace Rm 1, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT
Experts? Who needs ‘em? – Promoting the Value of Expertise in Decision-Making in Australia’s Future
Sarah Burr – Senior Adviser, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet
Linda Botterill – Professor, School of Government & Policy, UC, FASSA
Carolyn Hendriks – Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
Deborah Lupton – Professor, Faculty of Arts & Design, UC, FASSA
Michael Wesley – Professor & Dean, The College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU
British MP Michael Gove recently said, “I think the people have had enough of experts with organisations from acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong”. With integrity and trust in institutions at an all-time low, his comments reflect a society feeling fed up with experts who, they think, are out-of-touch.
This forum seeks to examine how experts can effect positive change and remain relevant in a post-truth society. What can we do to ensure those with the power to make the decisions that will shape our future are equipped with the necessary knowledge and research (particularly in relation to the social sciences) to give our nation the best shot and restore public confidence?