Vale Paul Barratt AO
Over the weekend we received news of the passing of Paul Barratt AO.
As recently as 6 months ago Paul was the Chair of Australia21. A role he carried out with as much enthusiasm and dedication as he did from the very first day helped found and shape our mission. At this very sad time the Board of Australia21 wishes to acknowledge the significant contribution of Paul Barratt to Australia’s national policy landscape.
Australia21 was set up over twenty years ago by Prof Bob Douglas AO, Dr Jane Dixon (dec), Richard Eckersley AM and Paul Barratt AO to investigate the wicked problems that are rarely addressed by other public good think tanks; and in the last ten years Paul took on the role of Chair, keeping Australia21 focused on the policy issues that shape Australia’s future.
As a senior public servant: Deputy Secretary, Department of Trade, Secretary, Department of Primary Industries and Energy, and Secretary, Department of Defence, Paul bought a breadth of intellect to high-level discussions on major policy issues including, international trade, resources diplomacy, strategic defence interests, Chinese culture, and War Powers reform. He could speak knowledgeably, eloquently and at length on any of these challenging policy issues.