The Commonwealth Government has committed to produce, working with the States and Territories, a White Paper on Reform of the Federation . The White Paper will seek to “clarify roles and responsibilities to ensure that, as far as possible, the States and Territories are sovereign in their own sphere”. In October 2014, the Prime Minister appointed an Expert Advisory Panel to provide expert advice and contribute to public discussion on aspects of the White Paper.
In this presentation, a member of the Expert Advisory Panel, former WA Government Minister Hon Cheryl Edwardes, will discuss the processes undertaken so far and plans for the future, as well as the impact the White Paper could have on local, state and Commonwealth levels of government.
- Friday 6 November 2015
- 4 pm - 6 pm
- Executive Briefing Centre Bldg 100, Level 2, JCIPP Foyer
What could better governance and accountability arrangements within the federation look like? How can Australia create an efficient and effective federation, and improve national productivity?
About the Speaker
Hon. Cheryl Edwardes is Chairman of ASX listed companies Atlas Iron Limited and Vimy Resources Limited. A solicitor by profession, Mrs Edwardes is a former Minister in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly with extensive experience and knowledge of WA’s legal and regulatory framework relating to mining projects, environmental, native title, heritage and land access. Mrs Edwardes assists the clients of FTI Consulting with a range of complex statutory approvals required for resources and infrastructure projects. She was the Executive General Manager for External Affairs for Hancock Prospecting and Special Counsel at Minter Ellison in Perth where she practised in government relations, climate change and environmental regulation and compliance.
During her political career, Mrs Edwardes held positions including WA Attorney General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Labour Relations. She has broad experience and networks within China’s business community. Mrs. Edwardes is also Chairman of EdConnect, formerly the School Volunteer Program as well as a member of the Expert Advisory Panel to the Prime Minister on Reform of the Federation.