On 4 May I made my first appearance on #TheDrum. It was the day of ‘the special meeting in Buckingham Palace’ so the program led with a rather odd segment on whether the Royal Family should bear the responsibility for the media storm that was raging  – a storm that seemed to me to be caused by the media. It did generate a good discussion on rumour in a social media age. The program also had a great segment on declining trade union membership and what that might mean for women who now comprise most union members. And I learned about ‘the thigh gap’ from the inimitable Mia Freedman.


The Drum

Series 2017 | Episode 69CCNEWS28 mins

Tonight on The Drum: Julia Baird is joined by publisher of Mamamia Mia Freedman, Principal of Willard Public Affairs David Miles and Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU Helen Sullivan. #TheDrum

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Professional Journals

Sullivan, H (2015) ‘Democracy and Hybrid Governance in Australia’ in G. Davis and G Croucher eds’ Meanjin – Is there a crisis in democracy? Spring, MUP

Dickinson, H. and Sullivan, H (2015) ‘21stC Public Service: Changing Education and Recruitment’ The Mandarin, 13th January Available from

Dickinson, H. and Sullivan, H (2014) ‘21stC Public Service: Shared Vision Needed for ‘Softer’ Skills’, The Mandarin, 17th December Available from

Dickinson, H. and Sullivan, H (2014) ‘21stC Public Service: Are We Ready for the Change Needed?, The Mandarin, 8th December Available from

Dickinson, H. and Sullivan, H (2014) ‘21stC Public Service: Emerging from Identity Crisis, The Mandarin, 14th July Available from

Sullivan, H (2011) ‘Radical rethink required – reflections on the Open Public Services White Paper’ The PPP Journal, Issue 74

Sullivan H and Williams, P (2011) ‘Collaborations, do they measure up?’ Public Servant, November p55

Sullivan, H (2011) ‘When tomorrow comes- an alternative blueprint for public services’ Public Servant, August, p10-11

Williams, P and Sullivan, H (2011) ‘Learning and development – it has to be a joint venture’ Public Servant, August p28-29

Sullivan, H and Williams, P (2010) ‘Designs on good collaboration’ Public Servant, September, p49

Sullivan, H and Williams, P (2010) ‘Working in collaboration: Transformation or torture?’, Public Service Management Wales newsletter, Catalyst, June

Williams, P and Sullivan, H (2010) ‘Same difference? – Leading and managing in collaborations and single organisations’ Welsh Assembly Government Local Service Board Update, April, p6

Williams, P and Sullivan, H (2010) ‘Are we all boundary spanners now?’ Public Servant, April, p57

Williams, P and Sullivan, H (2010) ‘Collaboration – it’s the name of the game’, Public Servant, March p22

Sullivan H (2008) ‘Rediscovering local judgement’ in I Roxburgh ed Next Steps for Local Democracy, NLGN, London pp 31-35

Lowndes, V and Sullivan, H (2008) ‘How low can you go? Rationales and challenges for neighbourhood governance’ in Benington, J, De Groot, L and Foot, J Lest We Forget: democracy, neighbourhoods and government, Solace Foundation Imprint, London, pp 54-58


Newspaper and Media Articles

Davis, G. Sullivan, H and Moran T (2016) CensusFail: is the Australian Public Service Competent? The Public Sector Informant, The Age, 05, September

Sullivan, H (2016) ‘It’s too late for Turnbull, already’ Comment, The Age, 12 July

Sullivan, H (2015) What can Governments and Leaders do when trust evaporates? The Conversation, 9th February

Bice, S. and Sullivan, H (2013) Abbott Government may have new rhetoric, but it’s still the ‘Asian Century’, The Conversation, 8th November

Sullivan, H (2012) Looking to Asia to reform Australia’s public service, The Conversation 23rd November

Sullivan, H (2012) Will a Smaller State create a Bigger Society in Australia? The Conversation, 17th October