Fixing truth: how to do it and what's stopping us?

Fixing truth: how do we do it and what's stopping us?

Jul 26
CEDA is delighted to welcome former Premier of Western Australia, Professor Geoff Gallop AC, and State Library CEO, Margaret Allen PSM, to lead a discussion with CEDA Trustees on trust and truth in the present day.


Emeritus Professor Geoff Gallop AC, Former Premier of Western Australia
Margaret Allen PSM, CEO and State Librarian, State Library of Western Australia

Event overview

Trust is an essential ingredient of building social capital. Without trust our very democracy is weakened. Trust, however, has been the victim of the manipulation of the truth, and in turn public trust in many of our institutions – government and the media, in particular – have been undermined.

What tangible actions could arrest the decline of truth in our democracy? Do we require new laws, new journalism models and new ways of thinking? What prevents these changes?

CEDA Trustees will join former Premier of Western Australia, Professor Geoff Gallop AC, and State Library CEO, Margaret Allen PSM, in a discussion about truth and trust across all areas.  With backgrounds in politics, where a lack of trust reigns, and as State Librarian, a bastion of truth, respectively Geoff and Margaret are well placed to provide a unique perspective on the topic.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speakers

Emeritus Professor Geoff Gallop AC
Former Premier of Western Australia

Former member of the WA Legislative Assembly from 1986 to 2006 and the Premier of Western Australia from 2001 to 2006, Geoff has been involved in educational, community and sporting associations over many years and was a Councillor at the City of Fremantle. He has been awarded a Commonwealth of Australia Centenary Medal (2001); elected a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (2003); admitted to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Murdoch University (2006); and was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Western Australia (2012). He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (2008) and is currently Deputy Chair of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council, Chair of the Australia Awards Board and Member of the International Education Advisory Council.

Margaret Allen PSM
CEO and State Librarian, State Library of Western Australia

Margaret’s career has spanned public, special and State libraries as well as working in the IT industry. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2018 for outstanding service. She is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Governing Board (2015 – 2017), an inaugural IFLA Leaders Associate, Member of the IFLA eLending Working Group, Chair of the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee, Board member of the Australian Digital Alliance, Past President of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and member of the ALIA Book Industry and eLending Advisory Group.

Meet the host

Anthony Longland
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Anthony is a partner in Herbert Smith Freehill’s Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety team and the lead of the Perth practice. He has specialised in labour and employment law for more than 25 years. 
Anthony’s practice encompasses front end advisory work and strategic planning, the management of industrial disputation and change processes through to representing clients in litigation in all of the courts and various tribunals which impact the employment relationship. He has significant experience as an advocate in the Fair Work Commission and its predecessors.
This sits alongside a deep expertise in employment law more generally, from drafting employment contracts to managing complex termination situations and the litigation that flows from them; to enforcing post-employment restrictions in contracts of employment to advising on all manner of discrimination and equal opportunity matters.
He has significant experience working with clients in the Mining & Resources and Oil & Gas sectors.
Anthony has repeatedly been recognised in legal directories including Chambers, Best Lawyers Australia and Doyle’s Guide.

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