Peter Mares is senior moderator with The Cranlana Programme, an independent not-for-profit foundation that promotes ethical leadership, and contributing editor with the online magazine Inside Story.
Throughout his career Peter has combined journalism with public policy research and he is particularly interested in migration, refugees, aged care, urban policy, housing policy, corrections, justice, ethics and social policy.
Peter is also an experienced facilitator and MC, who regularly chairs public events, forums and conferences with large numbers of participants. Peter has acted as MC in front of very large audiences with such distinguished figures as the Dalai Lama and former Indonesian President, the late Abdurrahman Wahid.
For 25 years Peter was a journalist and broadcaster with the ABC. In the past Peter presented the weekly public policy discussion program The National Interest and during his broadcasting career Peter also presented the daily regional current affairs program Asia Pacific on ABC Radio National and Radio Australia and reported for ABC news and current affairs as a foreign correspondent based in Hanoi.
Peter has won numerous awards as a journalist, including the NSW Law Society Golden Quill Award for excellence in legal reporting, the 2001 Austcare Media Award and the 2001 United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Prize.
He is the author of two books: Not Quite Australian: how temporary migration is changing Australia (Text 2016) and Borderline (UNSW Press 2001 & 2002), an award-winning analysis of Australia’s policies towards asylum seekers and refugees.