The Power to Persuade 2015 was held in Canberra at Australian National University on the 17th and 18th of September. The first day focused on discussions around gender and social policy, the second day focused on interrogating the arrival of the private sector into social policy spaces. Click here for full program.

recordings of presentations

Introduction and welcome

Professor Jo Barraket and Dr Gemma Carey

Rod Campbell, Director of Research, The Australia Institute

Panel 1: The evolution of the private for-profit sector’s role in policy: from providing advice to delivering policy outcomes.

  • Jonathan Kennedy, Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Infrastructure Partners Australia
  • Sarina Fisher, Director, Health Economics and Policy, Centre for International Economics
  • The Hon Mary Crawford, Queensland University of Technology and National Foundation of Australian Women
  • Professor Janine O’Flynn, Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne

Keynote: Why is the investment strategy of government changing?

  • Louise Sylvan, Adjunct Professor University of Sydney (Former CEO of Australian National Public Health Agency)

Panel 2: Social Impact Bonds and other models: a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

  • Professor Jo Barraket, Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University
  • Sally Cowling, UnitingCare
  • Caralee McLeish, Deputy Secretary, NSW Department of Treasury
  • Professor Helen Dickinson, Melbourne School of Government, Melbourne University

Panel 3: Mission versus the market in service delivery

  • Professor Val Braithwaite, Australian National University
  • Professor Adrian Kay, Australian National University
  • Ken Baker, National Disability Service
  • Dr Gemma Carey, Australian National Universit