Credit where it is due. ANU have started their new Institute of Public Policy. It is long overdue for an Australian University to have a world-class school of public policy that brings together academia and the policy makers in the public service. The Kennedy School (Harvard) and the Woodrow Wilson School (Princeton) are two of the benchmarks and if ANU can get in the same ballpark as those two then we will have a great national asset. Having Ken Henry as the part-time Executive Chair is a brilliant start, and if any university can make it work then ANU – with its proximity to the federal public service – is the place.
Of course a $111m gift helps ….