The Hon Warren Truss MP

Recent Speaker

Deputy Prime Minister

April 30, 2014

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'Address to the National Press Club'

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The Hon. Warren Truss MP is Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

He became Leader of the Nationals in 2007 and is the longest serving federal leader of any political party in Australia today.

A third generation farmer from the Kumbia district near Kingaroy in Queensland, Mr Truss first won the federal seat of Wide Bay in 1990.

He was a Minister in the Howard Government for 10 years, serving as Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs in October 1997, and a year later, Minister for Community Services. In July 1999 Mr Truss became the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, where he served for six years. He became Minister for Transport and Regional Services in July 2005 and, in September 2006, was appointed Minister for Trade.

Before entering Parliament, Mr Truss was a Kingaroy Shire Councillor (1976 to 1990), including seven years as Mayor. He was Deputy Chairman of the Queensland Grain Handling Authority and a member of the State Council of the Queensland Graingrowers Association for more than 10 years.

Mr Truss is also former State and National President of the Rural Youth Organisation and President of the Lutheran Youth of Queensland.

At the 2013 federal election, Mr Truss led The Nationals to the Party’s best electoral result in 30 years.

Dr Barry Kirby

Recent Speaker

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Specialist

May 7, 2014

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'Mother's Day Address: Why are one in twenty women dying during childbirth in the developing world'

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Somewhere in the world a woman dies every 90 seconds from complications of birth. Of these deaths, 99 per cent occur in developing countries. The vast majority are preventable.

Australia is one of the safest places to have a baby in the world. Here, women face a risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth of less than one in 10,000. In stark contrast neighbouring countries such as Papua New Guinea, remote parts of Indonesia and the Solomon Islands, this figure is a staggering one in 20. When mothers die, they leave more than one million children behind each year.

Dr Barry Kirby decided on a radical career change while working as a carpenter and project manager building houses in the remote region of Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, in 1990.

Barry helped drive a gravely ill woman to hospital after finding her by the side of the road. Sadly she later died. However the impact of seeing the devastation and grief caused by the failing health system in Papua New Guinea prompted Barry to take action.

Barry completed a premedical honours degree in Biomedical Science at Griffith University, Queensland in 1995. He moved on to graduated with his MBBS from the University of Papua New Guinea in 2002 at age 52 and obtained his Australian Medical registration after passing the AMC examinations in 2007, while working as an ED doctor at Redlands Hospital, Brisbane. In 2008 Barry returned to PNG and in 2010 he went back to the University of Papua New Guinea, where he undertook a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Barry now lives in Alotau, Milne Bay Province, and is working with the Australian maternal health charity Send Hope Not Flowers to address maternal mortality in Papua New Guinea.

You can read more about Dr Barry Kirby and his work on the Send Hope Not Flowers website.  

The Hon Joe Hockey MP

Recent Speaker


May 14, 2014

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'Post Budget Address'

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The Hon Joe Hockey makes his first Post-Budget Address as the Commonwealth Treasurer at the Great Hall of Parliament House.

The Presentation of 2014 budget will set and confirm the policy directions of the Abbott led Government in this 44th parliament.

This is arguably the most important National Press Club Address of the year. The eyes of the Nation will be strongly focussed on this Address.

Joe Hockey was sworn in as Treasurer on 18 September 2013.

Mr Hockey was first elected to the Australian Parliament in 1996 and following his re-election in 1998, was made Minister for Financial Services and Regulation.

He has since held a number of Ministerial portfolios including Small Business and Tourism, Human Services and Employment and Workplace Relations.

Following the 2007 Federal Election Mr Hockey held a number of senior Shadow Ministry portfolios before being appointed Shadow Treasurer in February 2009.

Prior to entering politics, Mr Hockey was a banking and finance lawyer with a major Australian law firm. He was also Director of Policy to the Premier of New South Wales.

Mr Hockey is married with three children.

The Hon Chris Bowen MP

Recent Speaker

Shadow Treasurer

May 21, 2014

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'Budget Reply Address'

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Chris Bowen was elected to the Federal Parliament as Member for Prospect in October 2004.

Chris was educated at Smithfield Public School and St Johns Park High School. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics and won the Australian Transport Officers Federation Prize for the best industrial relations student at the University.

He joined the Labor Party in 1988 and has held many honorary positions in the party.

He was elected to Fairfield Council in 1995 and has been Chairman of the City Outcomes Committee, the Fairfield Town Centre Management Committee and the Community, Recreation and Development Committee.

Chris was elected Mayor of Fairfield for 1998 and 1999, and became President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils from 2000 to 2002.

Immediately before being elected to Parliament, Chris was Chief of Staff to Hon. Carl Scully, NSW Minister for Roads, Housing and Leader of the House.

Since being in Parliament, Chris has been elected as Deputy Chair of the House of Reps Standing Committee on Economics, Finance and Public Administration.

He was also a member of the Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services.

In December 2006, Chris was appointed to the Federal Labor Party's frontbench as the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Revenue & Competition Policy.

Following the historic election of the Labor Government in 2007, Chris was appointed to the new Ministry. Chris took on two portfolios as Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs.

In June 2009, Chris was elevated to Cabinet as Minister for Human Services. He also serves as Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law.

Following the re-election of the Labor Government in 2010, Chris was appointed as Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.

In February 2013 Chris was appointed Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research and Minister for Small Business.

In June of the same year, Chris was appointed Treasurer by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Following the 2013 election, he served as Interim Labor Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition while the Labor leadership ballot was underway. He was later appointed Shadow Treasurer by Bill Shorten.

The Hon Richard Marles MP

Recent Speaker

Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

May 27, 2014

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'Address to the National Press Club'

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Richard Marles was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Corio in November 2007.

Born in 1967, Richard was raised in Geelong and educated at Geelong Grammar School. He has a LLB (Hons) and BSc from the University of Melbourne. He began his career with legal firm Slater and Gordon.

In 1998, he became Federal Assistant Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union where he was responsible for bargaining with national transport companies and managing the union’s activities in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

In 2000, he became Assistant Secretary of the ACTU and ran the Working Hours Case, which gave workers the right, for the first time, to refuse unreasonable amounts of overtime. He was a member of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission and led the ACTU’s work on OHS. He also led an innovative program of co-operation between the Australian and Papua New Guinea union movements.

He was Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry from June 2009 to August 2010, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs from September 2010 to March 2013, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs from March 2012 to March 2013 and Minister for Trade from July 2013 to September 2013.

He lives in Geelong with his wife Rachel and has four children, Sam, Isabella, Harvey and Georgia. He is a passionate Geelong Cats supporter, and owner of two poodles – Gary and Ablett.

The Hon Peter Dutton MP

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Minister for Health and Minister for Sport

May 28, 2014

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In November 2001 at the age of 30, Minister Dutton was elected as the Federal Member for Dickson in Queensland.

In 2004, Minister Dutton became one of the youngest Ministers since Federation with his appointment as Minister for Workforce Participation, with responsibility for the Job Network, Disability Employment Services, Work for the Dole and transition to work opportunities for all unemployed Australians.

In January 2006, Minister Dutton was promoted to Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer. He worked closely with the then Treasurer, Peter Costello, in areas including Budget preparation, taxation, superannuation, prudential regulation, and competition and consumer policy.

Following the change of Government in November 2007, Minister Dutton was promoted to Shadow Cabinet as Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation. In September 2008, he was promoted to Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.

Prior to entering Parliament, Minister Dutton employed 40 staff in his small business following a successful career as a Queensland police officer, including in the Drug Squad, Sex Offenders Squad and the National Crime Authority.

Minister Dutton is married to Kirilly and is the very proud father of Rebecca, Harry and Tom

His Excellency Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu

Recent Speaker

The People’s Republic of China's Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia

June 18, 2014

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'Address to the National Press Club'

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His Excellency Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu makes his first Address to the National Press Club of Australia.

This Address could not be more timely in the Australia-China relationship as the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the delegation including Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and some600 Australian Government and business leaders will have very recently returned from theirState visit to China.

Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu’s views on the success and the implications of the Australian delegation’s visit and in particular our Prime Minister’s keynote Adress to the Bo’ao Forum will be of crucial importance for all Australian stakeholders in the development of this important relationship.

Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu is the first senior Chinese official in nearly a decade to address the National Press Club. This is a very significant event not to be missed.


Born in Heilongjiang Province in September 1963. Ph.D.

1987-1990 Attaché, Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)

1990-1993 Attaché, Third Secretary, Permanent Mission of China to the UN

1993-1994 Third Secretary, Deputy Director, Department of International Organizations and Conferences, MFA

1994-1995 Completed advanced studies at London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

1995-1996 Deputy Director, Department of International Organizations and Conferences, MFA

1996-1999 Deputy Director, Director, Counselor, State Council Foreign Affairs Office

1999-2001 Deputy Director-General, Central Foreign Affairs Office, CPC

2001-2002 Counselor, Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

2002-2004 Minister Counselor, Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium and Mission to the European Community

2004-2009 Deputy Director-General, Director-General, Policy Research Department, MFA

2009-2011 Director-General, Information Department, MFA

2011-2013 Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs

2013- Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia

The Hon Susan Ryan AO

Recent Speaker

Age Discrimination Commissioner

July 30, 2014

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'The longevity revolution: averting the economic crisis of an ageing Australia'

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We are in the grip of an economic and social crisis.

People are living into their 80s and 90s and beyond and most are living healthy lives. Yet public policy, business practice and community attitudes are failing to grasp these changes. By delivering us long life, this revolution is fast becoming a crisis of longevity.

Today’s widespread rejection of workers over 50 condemns them to up to 40 years of unemployment. In general, this is a period around 25% longer than the period they have spent as a contributing member of the workforce. Currently, it is 40 years during which most will have to live off the public purse –to some extent or at some stage. It is a cost our country can’t afford. And it is a cost that can be avoided if we come to grips with the power of this sector of our population, which in 40 years’ time is projected to deliver our country 1.8 million people aged 85 and over.

People in their 30s, 40s and 50s today will be in or nearing entry to this age group in 40 years’ time.

The way we address this issue today will determine the strength of our economy in the future. It will determine both the quality of our lives and the extent to which this age group is forced to become a drain on our economy.

It is the greatest challenge to economic management faced by our country in decades.

However, it is not inevitable that 1.8 million Australians will have to rely on public expenditure. In fact, it is a matter of choice – choice by governments, choice by employers and choice by the community.

The choices we make today will dictate whether we can successfully manage to turn this longevity crisis into an enduring and productive longevity revolution.

Susan Ryan was appointed as Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner on 30 July 2011 for a five year term.

Up until her appointment as Commissioner, she had been Women’s Ambassador for ActionAid Australia and had chaired the Australian Human Rights Group since 2008 and the Australian Human Rights Act Campaign Inc. since 2005.

Immediately prior to commencing as Commissioner, Susan was also the Independent Chair of the IAG and NRMA Superannuation Plan, She was President of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees from 2000 to 2007, member of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors from 2001 to 2007, member of the ASX Corporate Governance Council from 2003 to 2007 and CEO of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia from 1993 to 1997.

Susan has also held a number of positions at the University of New South Wales. She was Pro-chancellor and Council member from 1998, Chair of the UNSW Risk Committee from 2002 and Chair of the Advisory Council FASS UNSW since 2010.

From 1975 to 1988, Susan was Senator for the ACT, becoming the first woman to hold a Cabinet post in a federal Labor Government. She served in senior portfolios in the Hawke Government as Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women and Special Minister of State. As Education Minister, Susan saw school retention rates double and universities and TAFEs grow significantly without the charging of tuition fees. She also pioneered extensive anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation, including the landmark Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action Act 1986.

In 1990, Susan was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia for her contribution to Parliament. She published her autobiography, Catching the Waves, in 1999 and was a frequent media commentator on her areas of expertise until she took up the position of Age Discrimination Commissioner.