The Spann Oration was inaugurated in honour of the memory of Professor Richard Neville Spann OBE, MA Oxon., FASSA (1916-1981), who held the Chair of Government and Public Administration at the University of Sydney from 1954 to 1981. He worked extensively with State and Commonwealth Governments and was the Chairman of the Administrative Research Committee of the NSW State Public Service Board.

The Spann Oration is the most prestigious forum held by IPAA NSW annually.

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Orators

Year

 

Orator

Topic

2016

Ann Sherry AO

Keeping heads up while others are losing theirs - the public service operating in a policy world of international and national turbulence and uncertainty

2015

David Richmond AO FIPAA

Public Administrators as Change Agents and Brokers

2014

Lord Gus O’Donnell

Leadership and reform in the public sector: a tale of two countries

2013

The Hon Nick Greiner AC

1998 - 2013 - 2038

2012

Anna Bligh

Dancing elephants and other tantalising possibilities

2011

Gary L. Sturgess AM

Deregulating the public service economy

2010

Gerry Gleeson AC FIPAA

If I were Premier of NSW in 2011

2009

Hon John Watkins, CEO, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW

The future public sector challenge: a bad moon rising

2008

Dr Peter Shergold AC,
Director, Centre for Social Impact, UNSW

Collaboration for the Public Good?  The State and the Third Sector

2007

Christine Nixon, Commissioner Victorian Police

Victoria Police: Future directions, past achievements

2006

Not held.

 

2005

Tim Costello AO, 
CEO, World Vision Australia (postponed – held 13 Feb 2006)

Rethinking common wealth: public administration and the public good

2004

Elizabeth Proust, Managing Director, Esanda

The future: challenges for leaders

2003

Prof. Allan Fels, AO

Competition Law and Policy: the wider lessons for government

2002

Not held.

 

2001

Not held due to National Conference.

 

2000

The Hon Patricia Staunton, AM 
Chief Magistrate NSW

Public Administration, Social Justice and the Law: an inevitable symbiosis

1999

Mr David Richmond 
Director General, Olympic Coordination Authority

The Olympics and Public Administration – Synergies and Challenges

1998

The Hon J J Spigelman

Foundations of Administration Law

1997

Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue, CBE, AM

The case for indigenous rights: reflecting on a contentious area of public administration

1996

The Hon Justice Michael Kirby, AC, CMG

Dick Spann’s Vision for Administrative Law - Have we achieved it?

1995

The Hon Susan Ryan 
Executive Director, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia

Public Policy on the Provision of Social Infrastructure to the Year 2000 and Beyond

1994

The Hon Peter Collins, QC,
MP NSW Treasurer & the Minister for the Arts

Public Sector/Private Sector Co-operation and Competition as the Government Prepares for the 21st Century

1993

Not held

 

1992

Not held

 

1991

The Hon John Dawkins, MP,
Federal Minister for Employment, Education and Training

Spending Other People’s Money (held as part of Ethics & Accountability Conference)

1990

Not held

 

1989

Mr Ian Temby, QC Commissioner,
Independent Commission Against Corruption

Accountability and the Independent Commission Against Corruption

1988

Not held

 

1987

The Hon Roger Douglas,
New Zealand Minister for Finance

The Process of Corporatisation in Large State Enterprises

1986

Dr R B Cullen, Managing Director, Capel Court Investment

Business, Government and Change - Managing Transitions in the Public and Private Sectors

1985

Mr Donald R Yeomans, Chairman, Tariff Board of Canada

Canadian Developments in the Control of Public Expenditure

1984

Professor John Ward, AO, 
Vice Chancellor, The University of Sydney

Government and the University

1983

Professor Aaron Wildavsky, 
Department of Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, USA

The Transformation of Budgetary Norms


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Some called him 'controversial' but I thought it was refreshing
Very down to earth
He seemed to be pretty frank with his comments - particularly about what was successful and not successful during his term of government
... interesting to listen to

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