AMSRO has established an independent Advisory Board with diverse expertise in relevant areas for the Inquiry Panel to draw on for broad strategic guidance and input.
The role of the Advisory Board is to: review and comment on Inquiry Terms of Reference; review and provide (non-binding) comments on Inquiry Panel reports (including preliminary reporting, if any); provide input to the Inquiry Panel on additional relevant lines of inquiry.
AMSRO has also invited a Publisher representative from each of Nine Entertainment (Sydney Morning Herald/The Age) and NewsCorp to participate in an advisory capacity as part of a special Reference Group.
The Advisory Board comprises:
Dennis Trewin AO
Former Head of The Australian Bureau of Statistics
Dr Trewin was Australian Statistician (Head of the ABS) from 2000 to 2007 and is a survey statistician of international renown.
BSc (Flinders), PhD (ANU), CStat, AStat, AFAIM, QPMR
Managing Director l Chief Consultant Statistician l Vice-President, Statistical Society of Australia. John Henstridge is one of Australia’s most eminent Statisticians. In a career spanning 40 years, he has been recognised as a national leader in developing solutions to real world data problems, through modern technology and innovative statistics.
Distinguished Professor of Political Science, ANU
Professor McAllister is recognised as an international expert on opinion polling.
Journalist and author
Foundation editor and host of the ABC’s national 7.30 Report, foundation host of Lateline, host of Four Corners and anchor of the ABC’s federal and state election night coverage for more than 20 years.
Former Global Chief Executive of Kantar
After training as a statistician, Mr Rhall spent a decade in statistical consulting at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, before embarking on a career in applied (commercial) market research. He was a Director of Newspoll for several years. His last full-time executive role was Global Chief Executive of Kantar Insights which operated in 70+ countries with revenues of over A$3.5 billion.
The Inquiry Panel will plan and conduct the Inquiry including required timing; gather evidence; conduct the Inquiry; compile the report and recommendations.
The Inquiry Panel itself will be impartial, independent and focus on key issues (methods, processes, techniques, trends) potentially impacting the accuracy of political polling in the lead up to the 2019 Australian Federal Election. The objective is to conduct a transparent assessment of what, if anything, should be done to improve the accuracy of political polling in Australia. The focus is on achieving collective, collaborative improvement where required, with any evidence, gathered to be ‘masked’ wherever possible in the Inquiry report. Processes, techniques and the environment within which polling is conducted are under scrutiny, not individual polling organisations.
No individuals currently working for Australian polling organisations may sit on the Inquiry Panel or Advisory Board, and members of both are required to sign NDAs in relation to the material they see as part of the Inquiry.
The Inquiry Panel is Chaired by Darren Pennay, the founder and immediate past-CEO of The Social Research Centre (SRC), one of Australia’s leading social research organisations, and part of the Australian National University.
Members of the Inquiry Panel include:
Inquiry Chair - Former CEO of The Social Research Centre
Professor Murray Goot
Emeritus Professor of Politics at Macquarie University
A leading expert in public opinion polling, voting behaviour and politics
Dr Phil Hughes
Asia-Pacific Head of Statistical Consulting – Engine
One of Australia’s most experienced and respected survey statisticians
Dr Dina Neiger
Chief Statistician, The Social Research Centre. Accredited Statistician, Statistical Society of Australia.
Dr Jill Sheppard
Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations, ANU, with special research expertise in political behaviour (voting, participation, and attitudes).
Mr John Stirton
Independent and widely respected polling expert, who ran the Fairfax Poll between 1997 and 2014.
Dr Paul Lavrakas
who headed a polling inquiry after the 2015 UK General Election
Specifically in relation to public opinion research and election polling.
Associate Director of international research methods at Pew Research Center
And previously senior polling analyst for ABC News.
Professor Kristen Olson
Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
She is a Fellow at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and worked on the 2016 US Polling Inquiry.
Professor Patrick Sturgis
The London School of Economics
Who headed a polling inquiry after the 2015 UK General Election.