Policy Working Group

All of PIJI’s policy work is evidence-based and guided by our Policy Working Group.

  • Professor Allan Fels AO Chair

    Professor Allan Fels AO is a Professor of Law and of Economics and a former Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

  • Richard Eccles

    Richard Eccles is a consultant and company director and former Australian Public Servant.

  • Professor Simon Wilkie

    Professor Simon Wilkie’s career spans an array of positions that extend beyond higher education and include roles as Chief Economic Policy Strategist at Microsoft Corporation and Chief Economist with the US Federal Communications Commission.

Our Thanks

PIJI extends our gratitude to all of our former Working Group members, for their roles guiding, and supporting PIJI to achieve our vision;

The Honourable Marilyn Warren AC QC

Professor Glyn Davis AC

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The onset of COVID-19 and other upheavals in the Australian news media landscape have unveiled the rapidly diminishing production of public interest journalism in Australia, particularly in coverage of our councils, parliaments, and courts. PIJI’s research show’s regional and rural communities have been most adversely affected, with emerging local news gaps in print and online at the forefront of concern.

PIJI’s comprehensive research has become a leading point of reference for examining the state of public interest journalism production and availability in Australia. This means we now have a unique opportunity for systemic industry reform, using our Australia-first data to guide short and long-term policy ideas into action.

Public interest journalism in Australia plays a critical role in our democracy. PIJI’s research is uncovering indicators of a lack of media plurality and diversity across Australia. This research has the power to help communities and decision makers create effective media policies and interventions that improve the quality and provision of public interest journalism in Australia.

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