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CMU-A Announces Inaugural Policy Forum

Posted 20th May 2022

CMU-A is pleased to announce the inaugural Policy Forum of the Downer-Rann Scholarship Program in association with South Australia’s Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment (OCPSE) on the subject of “Becoming a Climate Change Leader: Regional Governments in Action”. The event will be held in-person as well as online on Friday, 27 May 2022, at 4:30 – 6:00 pm (ACST). The featured speakers will be two remarkable leaders and policy reformers: South Australia’s recently elected Deputy Premier, the Hon Dr Susan Close MP and the former Premier of South Australia, the Hon Mike Rann AC CNZM.

Dr Close is concurrently South Australia’s Minister for Climate, Environment and Water; Minister for Defence and Space Industries; and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science. Under the previous Labour Government, she served as Minister for Education and Minister for Innovation and Automotive Transformation. Mr Rann is currently the Chair of the UK Board of the Climate Group, an international non-profit organisation working towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050. He was the champion and architect of South Australia’s world-leading climate change policies that transformed the state from being a 100% brown energy economy in 2002 to being the world’s first sub-national government to achieve 100% green energy in 2021.

Regional governments account for about 80% of the scope of climate change policies. Undoubtedly these sub-national bodies are among most consequential actors in addressing this global and vital problem of climate change. This policy forum will seek to address these key questions: What are the possibilities and challenges for regional governments in Australia to exercise leadership in climate change policy reforms? Where, when and how can opportunities be created by regional governments for advancing policy reforms? What incentives can be designed to foster public support to accelerate reforms and overcome resistance?

This exciting forum will be attended by public and private sector representatives. Speaker presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and cocktail reception. Prospective students with an interest in applying for a Downer-Rann Scholarship are particularly encouraged to attend.

Please be sure to register in advance as places are limited.

Registration closes 5:00pm Tuesday 24 May.


The Downer-Rann Scholarship was established in honour of former Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer AC and former South Australian Premier Mike Rann AC who jointly championed the establishment of Carnegie Mellon University in Australia.

Downer-Rann Scholarships are available to domestic students studying public policy, information technology, or data analytics at CMU-A, and cover 60% of domestic tuition fees. There are 14 Downer-Rann Scholarships still remaining for incoming students in 2022.

Domestic applications for CMU-A’s August intake close on 15 July 2022.

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