Speakers

The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP

Recent Speaker

Minister for Industry

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

'Australian industry in transition – a perspective from 2001 to 2014'

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Industry in Australia is undergoing a significant transformation. From its traditional foundation of agriculture, through to heavy manufacturing, Australian industry is now beginning a third wave of development in which our best opportunities to be globally competitive will come by focussing on specialised, high-end manufacturing and areas in which we have a natural advantage.

Ian Macfarlane brings a unique perspective to Australian industry policy, having been Industry Minister for six years in the Howard Government, and now the Industry Minister with a ‘super’ portfolio encompassing diverse sectors of our economy, from its powerhouse – the resources sector – through to the driver of our future economic gains – research and science.

Minister Macfarlane will prove an insight into the changes he’s experienced in the Australian industry sector and discuss the Abbott Government’s focus on implementing the policy superstructure to encourage innovation, investment and the development of a skilled and sophisticated workforce to secure Australia’s role in the global economy and in the dynamic Asian region.

Ian Macfarlane is the Minister for Industry, a broad portfolio that covers key areas including manufacturing, energy and resources, skills and training and science.

Ian brings his extensive experience and pragmatic approach to policy work in these important sectors, which are the driving force behind the Australian economy.

As a Minister in the Howard Government he held the portfolio of Small Business (2001) before being promoted to the Cabinet role of Industry, Tourism and Resources (2001-2007). He has also previously been the Coalition's spokesperson in Opposition for Trade and for Infrastructure and Water.

Before entering federal politics Ian farmed peanuts, sorghum and wheat and ran cattle in Queensland's Burnett region before becoming one of the country's most active agripoliticians. He was President of the Queensland Graingrowers Association for seven years, President of the Grains Council of Australia for two years and simultaneously held executive positions on the Queensland and National Farmers Federations.

Ian lives in Toowoomba, Australia's largest provincial inland city.


Graeme Turner

Recent Speaker

Chair of the Mapping Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Report

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

'Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia'

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Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences demonstrates how integral the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) sector is to tertiary education, and to the research and innovation system, in Australia. A high quality HASS sector is essential to the development and maintenance of the knowledge infrastructure the nation needs today and into the future. Until now, however, we have only had half the picture. This report serves as a companion volume to the Health of Science report, published by the Office of the Chief Scientist in 2012. The Mapping HASS report provides the most comprehensive account of the HASS sector to date. The report tells us what the sector is currently delivering to the nation, how well it is positioned to respond to the changing needs of the nation in the future, and where we might look to further capitalise upon its potential.

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC, will officially launch the report at the beginning of the Address.

Graeme Turner FAHA is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. A former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2004-2007), a Federation Fellow (2006-2011), convenor of the ARC Cultural Research Network (2006-2010), and a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Innovation and Engineering Council (2008-2013), Emeritus Professor Turner is one of the leading figures in the humanities in Australia. He has published 24 books with national and international academic publishers, and his work has been translated into ten languages. He is the Chair of the team responsible for the preparation of the Mapping HASS Report.


The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Recent Speaker

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

‘Launch of Women in Media’

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will deliver the inaugural address for the launch of Women in Media Canberra. Women in Media Canberra is a networking group of women journalists and media specialists based in the National Capital. With an eye on politics and national discourse, Women in Media aims to connect and support women working across the media spectrum with networking events and opportunities to hear from some of the most prominent women leaders and newsmakers of our times.

Julie Bishop is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia's Federal Coalition Government.

She is also the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998.

Minister Bishop was sworn in as Australia's first female Foreign Minister on 18 September 2013 following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

She previously served as a Cabinet Minister in the Howard Government as Minister for Education, Science and Training and as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women's Issues. Prior to this, Minister Bishop was Minister for Ageing.

Minister Bishop has also served on a number of parliamentary and policy committees including as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

Before entering Parliament Minister Bishop was a commercial litigation lawyer at Perth firm Clayton Utz, becoming a partner in 1985, and managing partner in 1994.

Minister Bishop graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1978 and attended Harvard Business School in Boston in 1996 completing the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers.

She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and has held a number of positions including Director of the West Coast Eagles AFL Club, Chair of the Western Australia Town Planning Appeals Tribunal, Member of Murdoch University Senate and the Anglican Schools Commission and Director of the Special Broadcasting Service and the Committee for Economic Development Australia.

Minister Bishop was inducted into the WA Women Hall of Fame in 2011 and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Western Australian Museum Foundation and a Board Member of His Majesty's Theatre Foundation.


Professor Norbert Lammert

Recent Speaker

President of the Bundestag (German Parliament)

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

'1914-2014: Inside Europe and Europe’s place in the world'

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The First World War marked the end of a world order in which the European nations primarily called the tune, and ushered in a violent “Age of Extremes”. This violence was ended by the achievement of a pan-European democratic perspective, which now experiences a serious challenge. In light of the crisis in Ukraine, which calls into question the territorial integrity of a sovereign state in Europe once again, certain lessons from history need to be re-taught, and some new experiences soberly processed.

Professor Norbert Lammert has served as President of the German Bundestag since October 2005. On 22 October 2013, the Members of the Bundestag re-elected him to the top parliamentary post. In terms of protocol, he ranks second only to the President of the Federal Republic. As President of the Bundestag he ensures that Parliament’s rules are upheld and represents Parliament in the public sphere. He also heads the Bundestag Administration, which has around 2500 members of staff, and the Bundestag police.

Norbert Lammert was born in 1948. After obtaining his Abitur (higher-education entrance qualification) and completing military service, he studied political science, modern history and social economics in Bochum and at Oxford.

He joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in 1966. In 1975, he obtained his doctorate in social science. After holding a range of political posts at local and regional level, he was elected to the Bundestag in 1980. He served as deputy chairman of the Committee for the Scrutiny of Elections, Immunity and the Rules of Procedure from 1983 to 1989, then as a parliamentary state secretary at various federal ministries in the 1990s.


Professor Julian Disney AO

Recent Speaker

Chair of the Australian Press Council

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

'Media Standards: Some key challenges and opportunities'

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The Internet and related technological developments have brought major benefits to the media landscape. The benefits include much faster and more affordable access to a broader range of sources of information and opinion, fewer constraints on the length and manner of presentation of articles, and more people being able to convey their knowledge and views in the public domain. They have also improved the ability to update material rapidly and to provide ready access to other material through hyperlinks.

The same developments, however, have increased pressures and opportunities to publish reports before adequately checking them for accuracy and fairness. Yet even if a report is later corrected, the initial version may already have been read and passed on by many people, and it may remain readily and permanently accessible through search engines. The new technologies have also facilitated wider publication of material that is deliberately misleading, highly abusive or from unknown and unreliable sources.

Declining strength and diversity within the mainstream print media in Australia has made it especially important that the benefits of digital media are maximised and the dangers minimised. Amongst other things, this requires principled and far-sighted leadership in the print and digital media, including support for the Press Council as it seeks to fulfil its responsibilities to promote good media standards, monitor the extent to which they are achieved, and facilitate genuine freedom of expression throughout the community.

Julian Disney has been Chair of the Australian Press Council since December 2009. He is a Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, founder and National Chair of Anti-Poverty Week, and Chair of the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW. He is on the Board of Governors of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia and on the Asialink Advisory Council.

Professor Disney was Coordinator of the Sydney Welfare Rights Centre for six years, assisting people in hardship. He has also been President of the Australian Council of Social Service and of the International Council on Social Welfare which represents social welfare and development groups from more than 80 countries.

He was a NSW Law Reform Commissioner for seven years and on the Australian Government's Economic Planning Advisory Council (EPAC) for a similar period. He has been chair or member of government advisory committees on education, employment, social security, public administration, literacy and housing.

Professor Disney has been Director of the ANU Centre for International and Public Law, and Chair of the National Affordable Housing Summit. He has been a policy consultant for social welfare and business groups, and principal author or editor of books and articles about aspects of the legal profession, taxation, housing, social welfare, governance, national development and international organisations.

He was the Rhodes Scholar for South Australia in 1970. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1995 for services to the development of economic and social welfare policy, and to the law. In 1999, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LL.D) by the University of New South Wales.


Professor Michael Dodson AM

Recent Speaker

Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

'Address to the National Press Club'

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Professor Michael (Mick) Dodson, AM, was born in Katherine in the Northern Territory. He is a Yawuru man, traditional owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Professor Dodson was educated in Katherine, Darwin and Victoria. He completed a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws at Melbourne’s Monash University in 1974 and was the first Aboriginal person to graduate from law in Australia.

Professor Dodson also holds an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Technology Sydney, an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of New South Wales and received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Canberra, in recognition of his contribution to human rights, social justice and Indigenous affairs in Australia and around the world.

Professor Dodson is the Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University (ANU), a professor of law at the ANU College of Law and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

From August 1988 to October 1990, Professor Dodson was Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. In April 1993 he was appointed Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC).

Professor Dodson is a prominent advocate on issues affecting Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as other Indigenous peoples of the world. He was Chairman of the United Nations Advisory Group for the Voluntary Fund for the Decade of Indigenous Peoples and in January 2005, was appointed a member to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Professor Dodson participated in the crafting of the text of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations (WGIP), and the Inter-sessional Working Group of the Human Rights Commission. In 2007, the declaration was adopted overwhelmingly by the United Nations General Assembly.

From September 2011 to February 2012, Professor Dodson attended Harvard University where he was the Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam Harvard Chair in Australian Studies and a Visiting Professor, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

Professor Mick Dodson’s contribution and service to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities were recognised in January 2003 when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2009, he was the Australian of the Year.


Luke Sayers

Recent Speaker

CEO of PwC Australia and Vice Chairman of PwC Asia

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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Luke Sayers is the CEO of PwC Australia and Vice Chairman of PwC Asia.

Luke joined the firm in 1991 and was appointed CEO in 2012, at age 42, making him the youngest ever CEO of PwC Australia.

Luke is actively involved in his local and national community, holding positions on the Boards of Special Olympics Australia, Carlton Football Club, and the Australian Business and Communities Network. Luke is also a member of the Human Capital Taskforce for this year’s B20.

Luke lives in Melbourne with his wife and four daughters.