Speakers

Jay Weatherill

Recent Speaker

Premier of South Australia

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

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

'South Australia: Essential to the Nation’s defence'

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Jay Weatherill is South Australia’s 45th Premier.

Jay was born and educated in Adelaide’s western suburbs, completing his secondary education at Henley High School.

He is a lawyer with an economics degree. He established his own law firm in 1995 and practised until he was elected as the Member for Cheltenham in 2002. Jay was subsequently re-elected as Member for Cheltenham in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

He has previously held a range of senior Cabinet portfolios including Education, Early Childhood Development, Environment & Conservation, Aboriginal Affairs & Reconciliation, Minister Assisting the Premier in Cabinet Business and Public Sector Management, Families and Communities, Housing, Ageing, Disability, Urban Development and Planning, Administrative Services, Local Government and Gambling.

Jay held additional portfolio responsibilities including Treasury, from January 2013 until the March 2014 election. Following the successful 2014 election, he was sworn in as Premier of South Australia on 26 March 2014.

Jay and his wife Melissa have two young daughters, Lucinda and Alice.


Professor Brian Owler

Recent Speaker

Federal President of the AMA

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

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

'A Practical Vision for Health Care in Australia'

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Professor Owler will set out priorities to strengthen the Australian health system to cope with growing demand. Acknowledging the political and economic realities that confront Governments, Professor Owler will outline the practical, affordable, and achievable policies and actions that the AMA believes will best serve the health needs of the Australian population.

Professor Brian Owler was elected Federal President of the AMA in May 2014.

He is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead Private, Sydney Adventist Hospital at Wahroonga, and Norwest Private Hospital.

Professor Owler has a PhD from the University of Sydney and spent 18 months performing research at the Academic Neurosurgery Unit at the University of Cambridge. He is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Sydney.

Professor Owler has a particular interest in public health advocacy. He can be seen on billboards and on television as the face and voice of the “Don’t Rush” advertising campaign targeted at reducing speed-related road accidents in NSW.

As AMA President, Professor Owler has highlighted the health and social harms of alcohol abuse and domestic violence. He has also been a strong public voice on the health effects of climate change and the benefits of immunisation, and is a champion for Indigenous health.

Professor Owler led the AMA’s campaign for Australia to take a leading role in responding to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa in 2014. And he was front and centre in the AMA’s successful campaign to have the Government scrap its plans for GP co-payments.

As AMA President, Professor Owler has highlighted the health and social harms of alcohol abuse and domestic violence. He has also been a strong public voice on the health effects of climate change and the benefits of immunisation, and is a champion for Indigenous health.

 

Professor Owler led the AMA’s campaign for Australia to take a leading role in responding to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa in 2014. And he was front and centre in the AMA’s successful campaign to have the Government scrap its plans for GP co-payments.


Professor Allan Fels AO

Recent Speaker

Chair of the National Mental Health Commission

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

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

'Australia's health - is research the best medicine'

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Professor Allan Fels was until recently Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), an institution established by the governments of Australia, New Zealand, the states and territories and 16 leading universities that educate and train senior public sector leaders. He also is Chairman of the Haven Foundation, which seeks to provide accommodation and support for the long-term mentally ill.

Professor Fels was Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission from 1995 to 2003 and before that Chairman of the Trade Practices Commission and Chairman of the Prices Surveillance Authority.

In the field of mental health Professor Fels serves or has served on a number of government advisory boards. He also is patron of many mental health networks. He was a member of the Bayside Health Board for a number of years. Professor Fels is a long-term advocate of mental health policy reform and a carer for his daughter.


Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

Recent Speaker

Minister for Trade and Investment

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

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

'Address to the National Press Club'

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On the 10th anniversary of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement, Minister Robb will outline how the Australian Government is promoting increased economic activity and prosperity through its trade and investment policy agenda.

Mr Robb has qualifications in Agricultural Science and a first class Honours Degree in Economics.

In the 70s Mr Robb worked as an animal health officer and then as agricultural economist. In the 80s he was Executive Director of the Cattle Council of Australia, and later, Executive Director of the National Farmers' Federation.

From 1990 to 1997 Mr Robb was the Federal Director and Campaign Director of the Liberal Party. The highlight of that time was directing the successful 1996 federal election campaign.

From 1997 to 2004 Mr Robb worked for Mr Kerry and James Packer, as well as advising major companies around Australia and overseas. During this time he also built an Australia-wide direct marketing technology company, was on the investment team for the Gorgan Gas Project, and was a Board Member of Sinclair Knight Merz, Australia’s largest consulting engineering company.

Mr Robb has also been a Board Member of the Garvan Medical Research Foundation, the Menzies Research Centre, the Big Brother Big Sister mentoring organisation, a member of the YWCA Leadership group and was honorary Treasurer of the Liberal Party in NSW. He also served as Chairman of the Australian Direct Marketing Association.

In 2003 Mr Robb was awarded the Office of the Order of Australia for his service to agriculture, politics and the community.

Mr Robb was elected to the Federal seat of Goldstein in October 2004, holding positions as Chairman of the Government’s Workplace Relations Taskforce, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and then Minister for Vocational and Further Education. In Opposition, he held positions as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Climate Change, Chairman of the Coalition Policy Development Committee and Shadow Minister for Finance, Deregulation and Debt Reduction.

Following the Coalition victory at the 2013 election, Mr Andrew Robb was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister for Trade and Investment.

Mr Robb lives in Brighton with his wife Maureen, and has three adult children Tom, Joe and Pip.


Gillon McLachlan

Recent Speaker

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

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

'Address to the National Press Club'

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Gillon McLachlan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League.

He has worked for the AFL since 2000, initially as a consultant in strategic planning and in November, 2003, was appointed General Manager, Commercial Operations.

He subsequently assumed additional responsibilities for broadcasting and major projects in 2006 and in 2008, was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2008 with responsibility for AFL broadcasting, digital media, fixturing, venue agreements and stadia infrastructure.

In December, 2012 he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer on April 30, 2014 to succeed Andrew Demetriou.

Key outcomes in his various roles with the AFL have included the last AFL Media Rights Deal, still the largest in Australian Sports Rights History, the establishment of AFL Media, and the establishment of the two new clubs.

He has a Bachelor of Laws from Melbourne University, a Bachelor of Commerce from Adelaide University and completed the Senior Executive Program at Stanford University.

He and his wife Laura have 3 children.


Elizabeth Broderick

Recent Speaker

Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

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

'Address to the National Press Club'

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Elizabeth Broderick was appointed for a five year term as Sex Discrimination Commissioner in September 2007. The term has been extended to September 2015. She was also the Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination from September 2007 until July 2011.

During her term, she has been committed to improving gender equality through her advocacy in preventing violence against women and sexual harassment, improving lifetime economic security for women, balancing paid work and unpaid caring responsibilities, promoting women’s representation in leadership and strengthening gender equality laws and agencies.

Elizabeth has been a key advocate for Australia’s national paid parental leave scheme and domestic violence reform. She has championed the changes to the ASX Corporate Governance Principles to increase the number of women at decision making level. She has developed the Male Champions of Change strategy and worked with the Australian Government to strengthen gender equality laws and agencies.

In April 2011, the Government appointed Elizabeth, as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, to lead the Commission’s Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force. Four reports on the Review were tabled in Australia’s Parliament and the Review concluded in March 2014. Elizabeth now leads the Commission’s collaborative work with the Australian Defence Force on embedding cultural change across Navy, Army and Air Force.

Elizabeth is Global Co-Chair of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group, a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women; a member of the World Bank’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development; Partner Co-Director with NATO on Women, Peace and Security; and Board Director of Supply Nation. Elizabeth is an Ambassador for the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children; the overall winner of the 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014 and is a recipient of two honorary doctorates of laws, one from the University of Sydney and one from the University of Technology.

Prior to her appointment, Elizabeth was a partner and board member at law firm Blake Dawson (now Ashurst).

Elizabeth is married and has two teenage children.


Jon Entine

Recent Speaker

Author and Science Journalist

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

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

'Address to the National Press Club'

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Mr Jon Entine, who lives in Cincinnati, is a world-famous American author and science journalist. He is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at the University of California and the Center for Health & Risk Communication at George Mason University. He is also the founder and executive director of the Genetic Literacy Project, a biotechnology and genetics outreach organisation that reports daily on the nexus of human and agricultural genetics, media and public policy.

Jon has written seven books, including two bestsellers on population genetics and three on crops, chemicals and genetic engineering , including "Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture". He is a contributing columnist to multiple newspapers and magazines and a commentator on radio and television news programs.

Previously, Jon spent 20 years as a network television writer and producer for ABC News and NBC News. He has won 19 major journalism awards, including two Emmys, and was Tom Brokaw's longtime producer at NBC.


Bill Morrow

Recent Speaker

Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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

'Bridging the digital divide'

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Bill Morrow was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of NBN in December 2013. He joined the company in April 2014 with a remit to ensure all homes, businesses and communities across Australia can have access to high speed broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices and at least cost to taxpayers. Under Morrow, the NBN has become available to more than one million premises, with the Company’s goal to connect eight million homes and businesses by 2020.

Mr Morrow’s career spans senior leadership positions at major telecommunications companies and public utilities worldwide, and the building of large scale telecommunications networks.

Prior to his current role, he served as CEO of Vodafone Hutchison Australia, and Clearwire Corporation and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in the United States.

Previously he was CEO of Vodafone's Europe region through Vodafone Group PLC and ran the group’s businesses in Japan and the UK.

A Californian now settled in Australia, Mr. Morrow holds an Associate of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Condie College and a B.A. in Business Administration from National University in San Diego.


Alan Joyce

Recent Speaker

Chief Executive Officer of Qantas

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

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

'Address to the National Press Club'

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The global aviation industry has changed dramatically over the past 30 years, putting Australia at the heart of the world’s biggest and most fast-growing region for air travel: the Asia Pacific. Arguably, the changes still to come will be even more significant, as the Asian Century unfolds and new players, partnerships and technology challenge old business models. Against this background, Qantas is working through a $2 billion transformation program to lay foundations for future growth. Alan Joyce will discuss the Qantas Group’s strategy, the enduring power of the Qantas brand, and the role of the national carrier 95 years after Qantas’ formation in regional Queensland.

Alan Joyce became Chief Executive Officer of Qantas in November 2008.

During this time Qantas has embarked on its biggest transformation since it was privatised in 1995, taken delivery of more than 150 new aircraft, expanded in Asia, forged new strategic partnerships, and invested in infrastructure, technology and training to achieve record customer satisfaction.

Mr Joyce served as founding Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar for five years from October 2003, establishing its operations in Australia and across Asia, and previously held senior roles at Qantas, Ansett and Aer Lingus. He was Chairman of the International Air Transport Association between July 2012 and June 2013.