The dilemma of public policy formulation in the modern era

26th March 2015

"The dilemma is seen in many ways - the polarities between Tammany populism;  tired unchallenged ideology; as fuelled with a sense of media culpability for all failings. That volatile ‘policy cocktail’  highlights the challenge to effective communication today. In the course of the discussion I will make some observations on the déjà vu experienced  in many aspects of education and culture public policy life and the allied problem of Australia’s almost magnetic political attraction to philistinism and the need to suppress the celebration of thought and allied debate."

- Mr Kim Williams AM

Kim Williams has had a long involvement in the arts, entertainment and media industries here and overseas and has held various executive leadership positions since the late 1970s including as Chief Executive at each of News Corp Australia, FOXTEL, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Musica Viva Australia and also as a senior executive at the ABC.
Mr Williams was the Chief Executive of FOXTEL for the decade up until November 2011. At FOXTEL he pioneered many of the major digital broadcast innovations in Australia and received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian subscription television association ASTRA for his diverse contributions.
Mr Williams has also held numerous Board positions (and Chairmanships) in commercial and public life over more than three decades including as Chairman of the Australian Film Finance Corporation (which he founded in 1988; Chairman of MCN – the subscription television industry’s major advertising sales company; Chairman of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and of Musica Viva Australia; and most recently as the Chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust from 2005 until 2013.
He was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia in June 2006 for his services to the arts and public policy formulation in the film and television industries. In October 2009 he was awarded a Doctorate of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Macquarie University for his contribution to the arts and entertainment industry in Australia and internationally. He is a previous recipient of the Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award from the Australian Business Arts Foundation and the Australian Writers Guild’s Dorothy Crawford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession.  
He is a current board member in a diverse range of private and public enterprises and foundations and is also a Commissioner of the Australian Football League.


Venue: Feddish

Fed Square, Crn Flinders Street and Swanston Street

26th March 2015, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Tickets: $70.00

Ticket Price includes GST

Bookings Close: 23rd March 2015