The Menzies Research Centre seeks to contribute to and to lead debate on public policy issues. It does not shy away from tackling the hard questions and difficult issues that will challenge the future prosperity of our nation. The Centre is charged with promoting principles of individual liberty, free speech, competitive enterprise, limited government, democracy, and the family as the foundation of a stable society. The objectives of the Centre are promoted by publishing papers, convening lectures and conferences and coordinating policy reviews.
The Menzies Research Centre is able to add value to debates over public policy in three particular ways. First, while our research and analysis in no way implies the endorsement of the Liberal Party, our publications still go to the heart of Liberal Party policy-making. Second, research undertaken by the Menzies Research Centre is strongly applied in its focus and seeks to be practical in its pursuit of policy recommendations. Third, the Menzies Research Centre seeks the advice of the very best minds in Australia and around the world. It seeks to engage the top experts in their fields to address the particular policy issues it nominates.
The Menzies Research Centre has achieved a great deal in promoting debate across a broad range of issues on topics as diverse as national security, state government accountability, education policy, indigenous economic development, demographic change, housing policy, the New Colombo Plan, and many other issues. The Menzies Research Centre has been fearless in pegging out new ground and in challenging orthodoxies in these and other areas, and will continue to do so in the future.
As a non-profit body, the Menzies Research Centre is funded by donations from individuals, the corporate sector, and an annual grant from the Department of Finance.
The organisation is named after Sir Robert Menzies, Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, who did more than any other person to shape the major structures of our post-war society. It was founded in the centenary year of his birth, 1994.
Election night, 7 September 2013: (R-L) Chair of the Centre, Tom Harley; Prime Minister-elect, Hon Tony Abbott MHR; Attorney-General-elect, Senator the Hon George Brandis SC; Executive Director of the Centre, Dr Don Markwell.