Archived Speakers

The National Press Club of Australia is very proud of its heritage. Over the years the club has hosted Addresses from a vast array of visiting international figures, Heads of State, Religious leaders, innovators and political leaders, including every Prime Minster/Opposition Leader every year over the past 40 years.

From the first address from Chief Justice and External Affairs Minister Sir Garfield Barwick on 17 May 1963 held at the then Hotel Canberra, right through to present day addresses held in our state of the art television studio, our speaker archive is available for download by decade to the right. Below is a list of our most recent speakers.


Jul262017Anna BlighChief Executive Officer of the Australian Bankers’ Association
Jul252017Prof. Allan Fels AOChair of the National Mental Health Commission
Jul122017Prof. Graeme Samuel ACChair of Data Governance Australia
Jul052017Chris Jordan AOCommissioner of Taxation, Australian Taxation Office
Jun282017Professor Peter HøjChair of the Group of Eight, Vice Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland
Jun212017Dr Alan Finkel AOAustralia’s Chief Scientist & Chair of the Electricity Review
Jun072017The Hon James R. ClapperFormer US Director of Intelligence
Jun062017Professor Richard G WilkinsonScientist, Author, Advocate and 2017 ASMR Medallist
May312017Commissioner Andrew ColvinCommissioner of the Australian Federal Police
May242017Richard MarlesShadow Minister for Defence
May232017Kate Carnell & Ged KearneyAustralian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman & ACTU President
May172017Chris Bowen MPShadow Treasurer of Australia
May162017Professor Miranda Stewart, Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ & Danielle WoodDirector of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at ANU, Deputy Director of the Curtin Economics Centre & National Chair of the Women in Economics Network
May122017Dennis Richardson AOSecretary of the Department of Defence
May102017The Hon Scott Morrison MP – *SOLD OUT*Treasurer
May042017Senator the Hon Simon BirminghamMinister for Education and Training
May032017Gladys Berejiklian – *SYDNEY EVENT*Premier of New South Wales
Apr262017Professor Michael Wesley, Dr Jane Golley & Professor Warwick McKibbinANU's Professor of International Affairs, Associate Director of the Aust. Centre on China & Director of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis
Apr192017Fiona NashDeputy Leader of The Nationals, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Local Government & Territories, Minister for Regional Communications
Apr132017Professor Gareth Evans and Allan GyngellChancellor of The Australian National University & Adjunct Professor at the ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy
Apr122017Chris RichardsonPartner, Deloitte Access Economics
Apr052017Innes Willox & Peter JenningsChief Executive of the Australian Industry Group & Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)
Mar292017Sally McManusSecretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions
Mar222017Senator Arthur SinodinosMinister for Industry, Innovation and Science
Mar152017Senator Richard Di NataleLeader of the Australian Greens
Mar082017Dr. Kakenya NtaiyaEducator and Activist
Mar032017Black Opal Stakes Luncheon – *Sold Out*Special guest at the luncheon will be former leading trainer Peter Moody
Mar012017Professor Barney GloverVice-Chancellor and President, Western Sydney University
Feb222017Bob InglisLawyer and former US Congressman
Feb212017Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) & Professor Rory MedcalfVisiting Fellow, National Security College Australian National University & Head, National Security College Australian National University
Feb152017Lord Sebastian CoePresident of the IAAF, Executive Chairman of CSM Sport & Entertainment & Chairman of the British Olympic Association
Feb092017Victoria WallaceDirector General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Feb012017Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MPPrime Minister of Australia
Jan312017The Hon Bill Shorten MPLeader of the Opposition


Nov302016The Hon Chris Bowen MPShadow Treasurer of Australia
Nov292016The Hon Mike Baird MPNSW Premier - Minister for Western Sydney
Nov232016The Hon Dan Tehan MPMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security
Nov222016Geri Malone, Janine Mohamed & Martin LavertyMs Geri Malone – Chair, National Rural Health Alliance, Ms Janine Mohamed – CEO, CATSINaM and Mr Martin Laverty – CEO, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
Nov172016Jacinta Price, Marcia Langton & Josephine CashmanElected Member of the Alice Springs Council / Anthropologist, Geographer & Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne / Lawyer, Business Woman and Social Entrepreneur
Nov162016Libby LyonsDirector of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency
Oct272016The Rev. Tim CostelloChair of the Community Council for Australia and Chief Advocate for World Vision
Oct192016Kate EllisShadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development and Shadow Minister for TAFE and Vocational Education
Oct182016Brendan LyonChief Executive of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
Oct132016Anson Chan and Martin LeeFormer Chief Secretary and Head of the Civil Service under British sovereignty in Hong Kong, and Founding Chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party
Oct122016Andrew ForrestAustralian Philanthropist and Mining Magnate
Oct122016Televised ACT Leaders DebateAndrew Barr and Jeremy Hanson
Oct112016Professor John DugardInternational Human Rights Lawyer
Sep222016Tony NuttFederal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia
Sep212016World Alzheimer’s DayDr Ron Petersen and Ita Buttrose
Sep202016The Hon Christian Porter MPMinister for Social Services
Sep142016Adequacy of the Age PensionEverald Compton, Jo Toohey and David Hetherington
Sep072016The Hon John Howard OM ACFormer Prime Minister
Aug312016The Honourable John BerryU.S. Ambassador to Australia
Aug242016The Hon Bill Shorten MPLeader of the Opposition
Aug232016Professor Gareth Evans and Professor Hugh WhiteOf The Australian National University
Aug172016Dr Michael GannonAMA President
Aug102016Andrew DentonTelevision Producer
Jul272016P. J. O’Rourke Author and America’s leading political satirist
Jul202016Dr Brendan NelsonDirector of the Australian War Memorial
Jul132016Aged Care ForumPaul Sadler, Lee Thomas and Ian Yates
Jul062016The Hon Susan Ryan AOAge and Disability Discrimination Commissioner
Jun302016Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MPPrime Minister of Australia
Jun282016The Hon Bill Shorten MPLeader of the Opposition
Jun232016Senator Richard Di NataleLeader of the Australian Greens
Jun222016The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPLeader of the National Party
Jun212016Deputy Leaders’ DebateThe Hon Julie Bishop MP and the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
Jun202016Innovation DebateThe Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Senator the Hon Kim Carr
Jun172016Employment DebateSenator the Hon Michaelia Cash and the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP
Jun162016Defence DebateSenator the Hon Marise Payne and Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy
Jun152016Family Violence Election ForumRosie Batty and Danny Blay
Jun142016Election 2016 Not for Profit Sector ForumSenator Zed Seselja, Dr Andrew Leigh MP and Senator Rachel Siewert
Jun092016Professor Patrick McGorry AOMental Health Expert
Jun082016Election DebateSenator the Hon Mathias Cormann and the Hon Tony Burke MP
Jun072016Professor Theodore Berger2016 ASMR Medallist
May312016The Future of EmploymentJames Pearson and Dave Oliver
May292016Leaders DebatePrime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP and Leader of the Opposition the Hon Bill Shorten MP
May272016Treasurers DebateThe Hon Scott Morrison MP and the Hon Chris Bowen MP
May182016Environment DebateThe Hon Greg Hunt MP and the Hon Mark Butler MP
May102016The Hon Chris Bowen MPShadow Treasurer
May042016The Hon Scott Morrison MPTreasurer
Apr272016Senator Richard Di NataleLeader of the Australian Greens
Apr202016Kate JenkinsSex Discrimination Commissioner
Apr132016Patrick DodsonProminent Indigenous Leader and Australian Labor Senate Nominee
Apr062016The Senate CROSS BenchGlenn Lazarus, David Leyonhjelm and Nick Xenophon
Mar302016Women of ScienceProfessor Emma Johnston, Professor Nalini Joshi and Professor Tanya Monro
Mar292016Paul McClintock AONational Chairman of CEDA
Mar232016Industrial Relations DebateInnes Willox and Dave Noonan
Mar172016His Excellency Dr Christoph Müller and Dr Hans AtzpodienGerman Ambassador to Australia with Chairman of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems
Mar162016Senator the Hon Mitch FifieldMinister for Communications
Mar152016The Hon Bill Shorten MPLeader of the Opposition
Mar102016Alan AldaActor and Science Advocate
Mar092016Professor Barney GloverChair, Universities Australia
Mar082016Senator the Hon Michaelia CashMinister for Women
Mar032016Peter O’NeillPrime Minister of Papua New Guinea
Mar022016Dr Alan FinkelChief Scientist of Australia
Feb242016Mark Scott AOABC Managing Director
Feb222016Stan GrantJournalist and Author
Feb172016The Hon Scott Morrison MPTreasurer
Feb162016The Hon Josh Frydenberg MPMinister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia
Feb102016The Hon Tanya Plibersek MPDeputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
Feb032016The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MPAssistant Treasurer and Minister for Small Business
Jan272016Noel PearsonFounder of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership


Dec092015His Excellency Ambassador Sem FabriziAmbassador of the European Union to Australia and New Zealand
Dec082015The Hon Christopher Pyne MPMinister for Industry, Innovation and Science
Dec012015Women in IT ForumThe Hon Karen Andrews MP, Brenda Aynsley and Kim Wenn
Nov252015The Hon Greg Hunt MPMinister for the Environment
Nov182015The Hon Mark Butler MPShadow Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water
Nov102015Public Health Crisis ForumMichael Moore, Rod Wellington and the Hon Sheila McHale
Nov042015Edmund Capon AM, OBEChair of the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation
Oct282015The Hon Sussan Ley MPMinister for Health
Oct212015Senator Concetta Fierravanti-WellsAssistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Oct202015His Excellency Ambassador Christophe LecourtierAmbassador of France to Australia
Oct142015Alan JoyceChief Executive Officer of Qantas
Oct072015Professor Barney GloverChair, Universities Australia
Sep302015Senator Richard Di NataleLeader of the Australian Greens
Sep162015Bill MorrowChief Executive Officer of nbn
Sep092015Jon EntineAuthor and Science Journalist
Sep082015Salam FayyadFormer Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
Sep022015Elizabeth BroderickSex Discrimination Commissioner
Aug272015Christopher Pyne in conversation with David SpeersMinister for Education
Aug262015Peter FitzSimonsChair of the Australian Republican Movement
Aug192015Gillon McLachlanChief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League
Aug122015Hon Andrew Robb AO MPMinister for Trade and Investment
Aug062015Dr Brendan NelsonDirector of the Australian War Memorial
Aug052015Professor Allan Fels AOChair of the National Mental Health Commission
Jul292015The Same Sex Marriage DebateSenator Cory Bernardi and Senator Penny Wong
Jul282015Ambassador Sumio KusakaAmbassador of Japan to Australia
Jul222015Professor Brian OwlerFederal President of the AMA
Jul082015Jay WeatherillPremier of South Australia
Jul072015Dr Tim SoutphommasaneRace Discrimination Commissioner
Jul062015The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for Agriculture
Jul012015Peter StrongCEO of the Council of Small Business of Australia
Jun242015Senate ForumJacqui Lambie, Nick Xenophon and David Leyonhjelm
Jun102015Tax Reform DebateProfessor Judith Sloan, John Daley and Peter Whish-Wilson
Jun032015Rosie Batty2015 Australian of the Year
Jun032015Professor Ashok Saluja2015 ASMR Medallist
Jun022015Salil ShettyAmnesty International Secretary General
May272015The Hon Bruce Billson MPMinister for Small Business
May202015The Hon Chris Bowen MPShadow Treasurer
May132015The Hon Joe Hockey MPTreasurer
May072015Senator Christine MilneFormer leader of the Australian Greens
May062015Dave OliverSecretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions
Apr292015Catherine Livingstone AOPresident, Business Council of Australia
Apr222015The Hon Chris Bowen MPShadow Treasurer
Apr152015Professor Warwick Anderson AMChief Executive Officer of NHMRC
Apr082015Catherine McGregorDirector of Research and Analysis in the Office of the Chief of Air Force
Apr012015Simon MordantAustralian Commissioner for the 2015 Venice Biennale
Mar262015Peter GresteAustralian Journalist
Mar252015Professor Ian Chubb ACChief Scientist of Australia
Mar242015The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MPShadow Assistant Treasurer
Mar182015Dr Martin CrossMedicines Australia Chairman
Mar172015Workplace Relations DebateGed Kearney and Kate Carnell
Mar112015Belinda RobinsonChief Executive, Universities Australia
Mar042015International Women’s Day UN Women Australia ForumSenator the Honourable Michaelia Cash, the Honourable Bill Shorten MP, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Helen Conway and Julie McKay
Feb262015Dr Aalt DijkhuizenFormer President and Chairman of Wageningen University
Feb252015The Hon Scott Morrison MPMinister for Social Services
Feb182015Tim WilsonHuman Rights Commissioner
Feb172015Professor Bernd FitzenbergerProfessor of Statistics and Economics
Feb112015Joe MorrisonCEO, Northern Land Council
Feb042015Professor Julian Disney AOChair of the Australian Press Council
Feb022015The Hon Tony Abbott MP Prime MinisterPrime Minister of Australia


Dec102014Doctor Steven ChuNobel Laureate and Former US Secretary of Energy
Dec082014Lord Nigel Crisp KCBCo-editor of African Health Leaders – making change and claiming the future
Dec032014Greg MedcraftChairman, Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Dec012014Clive PalmerLeader of the Palmer United Party
Nov262014The Hon Bill Shorten MPLeader of the Opposition
Nov192014Luke SayersCEO of PwC Australia and Vice Chairman of PwC Asia
Nov122014Professor Michael Dodson AMChairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Oct302014Professor Norbert LammertPresident of the Bundestag (German Parliament)
Oct292014The Hon Julie Bishop MPMinister for Foreign Affairs
Oct282014Graeme TurnerChair of the Mapping Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Report
Oct222014The Hon Ian Macfarlane MPMinister for Industry
Oct212014Geoffrey Robertson QCFormer UN Appeal Judge
Oct082014The Hon Amanda VanstoneChair of Vision 2020 Australia
Oct012014Senator the Hon George Brandis QCAttorney-General for Australia and Minister for the Arts
Sep242014The Hon Anthony Albanese MPShadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Shadow Minister for Tourism
Sep182014Senator Christine MilneLeader of the Australian Greens
Sep172014The Hon Susan Ryan AOAge Discrimination Commissioner
Sep112014The Hon Chris Bowen MPShadow Treasurer
Sep102014The Hon Scott Morrison MPMinister for Immigration and Border Protection
Sep042014Paul KellyEditor-at-Large, The Australian
Aug272014David Irvine AODirector-General of ASIO
Aug182014The Hon Wayne SwanFormer Federal Treasurer
Aug062014The Hon Christopher Pyne MPMinister for Education and Leader of the House of Representatives
Aug052014Richard Goyder AOManaging Director and Chief Executive Officer Wesfarmers Limited
Jul312014Ashley EkinsHead of Military History, Australian War Memorial
Jul302014Professor Ian Young AOChair, Group of Eight
Jul232014Associate Professor Brian OwlerPresident of the Australian Medical Association
Jul172014Senator Cory BernardiSenator for South Australia
Jul162014Clover MooreLord Mayor of Sydney
Jul152014David Murray AOChair, Financial System Inquiry
Jul092014Dr Bruce Bonyhady AMChairman, National Disability Insurance Agency
Jul072014Clive PalmerLeader of the Palmer United Party
Jul022014Graeme Innes AMDisability Discrimination Commissioner
Jun252014The Honourable John BerryU.S. Ambassador to Australia
Jun182014The Hon Julie Bishop MPMinister for Foreign Affairs
Jun112014Simon McKeon AOChair, Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research - Commonly known as the Mckeon Review
Jun042014Professor David Sinclair2014 ASMR Medallist
Jun032014Dr John BellChair, Australian Council of Learned Academies Expert Working Group
May282014The Hon Peter Dutton MPMinister for Health and Minister for Sport
May272014The Hon Richard Marles MPShadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
May212014The Hon Chris Bowen MPShadow Treasurer
May142014The Hon Joe Hockey MPTreasurer
May072014Dr Barry KirbyObstetrics and Gynaecology Specialist
Apr302014The Hon Warren Truss MPDeputy Prime Minister
Apr162014Tony SheldonNational Secretary, Transport Workers Union
Apr152014Joseph Skrzynski AOFormer Chairman of SBS
Apr092014Professor Gillian TriggsPresident of the Australian Human Rights Commission
Apr022014Justin MohamedChairperson of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Apr012014Senator Christine MilneLeader of the Australian Greens
Mar272014The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MPShadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fraser
Mar262014The Hon Bill Shorten MPLeader of the Opposition
Mar192014Dr Martin CrossMedicines Australia Chairman
Mar182014Professor Ian Chubb ACChief Scientist of Australia
Mar132014Bernie FraserChair of the Climate Change Authority
Mar122014Dr Michael FulliloveExecutive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy
Feb262014Professor Sandra HardingChair, Universities Australia
Feb202014Dr Tom Calma AOChancellor of the University of Canberra
Feb122014Clive PalmerFederal Leader, Palmer United Party
Feb052014Paul HowesNational Secretary of The Australian Workers' Union


Dec172013The Hon Joe Hockey MPTreasurer
Dec112013The Hon James Spigelman AC QCChairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Dec102013Scott MitchellFederal Director of The National Party of Australia
Dec042013The Hon Chris Bowen MPShadow Treasurer
Dec032013Doctor Bjorn LomborgDoctorate and Adjunct Professor Copenhagen Consensus Center
Nov262013Natasha Stott Despoja AM and Ken Lay APMChair of Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children and Chief Commissioner of the Victorian Police
Nov202013Senator the Hon Mitch FifieldAssistant Minister for Social Services and Manager of Government Business in the Senate
Nov192013Dr John PournoorInternational Government Business Development 3M Government Markets
Nov122013Professor Clive PalmerFederal Leader Palmer United Party
Nov072013Eugene KasperskyChief Executive Officer and Chairman of Kaspersky Lab
Nov062013The Hon John BrumbyChairman of the COAG Reform Council
Oct302013Gary DawsonChief Executive of the Australian Food and Grocery Council
Oct292013George WrightNational Secretary of the Australian Labor Party
Oct232013Brian LoughnaneFederal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia
Oct092013John DaleyChief Executive of the Grattan Institute
Sep252013Dr Jimmie RodgersDirector-General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Sep182013Dr Brendan NelsonDirector of the Australian War Memorial
Sep112013Ambassador Jeffrey BleichAmbassador for the United States of America to Australia
Sep0520132013 Election Address by the Prime MinisterPrime Minister Kevin Rudd
Sep0420132013 Election Address by the Leader of the GreensLeader of the Greens Christine Milne
Sep0220132013 Election Address by the Leader of the OppositionLeader of the Opposition Tony Abbott
Aug202013The Hon Bill Shorten MPMinister for Education and Workplace Relations
Aug072013Ged KearneyAustralian Council of Trades Union President
Jul312013Professor Ian Chubb ACChief Scientist for Australia
Jul242013Dr John Hewson AMFormer Leader of the Opposition
Jul172013Dr Steve HambletonPresident, Australian Medical Association
Jul112013The Hon Kevin Rudd MP Prime MinisterPrime Minister of Australia
Jul032013Professor Suzanne CoryAustralian Academy of Science President
Jun262013Senator the Hon Bob CarrMinister for Foreign Affairs
Jun252013Richard DudleyChief Executive Officer, Australian Motor Industry Federation
Jun192013Sir Michael HirstPresident, International Diabetes Federation
Jun122013Peter AndersonChief Executive, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Jun062013Bill McKibbenCo-founder of
Jun052013Doctor Anna Wirz-Justice2013 ASMR Medallist
Jun052013The Hon Greg Combet AM MPMinister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation
May292013Professor Ian Lowe AOPresident of the Australian Conservation Foundation
May282013Bill GatesCo-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
May222013Joe HockeyShadow Treasurer
May152013The Hon Wayne Swan MPDeputy Prime Minister and Treasurer
May082013Professor Sandra HardingChair, Universities Australia
May012013Alex Malley FCPAChief Executive Officer, CPA Australia
Apr242013Ita Buttrose AO OBE2013 Australian of the Year
Apr172013Tony Shepherd AOPresident, Business Council of Australia
Apr032013David SimonChairman, Australian Trucking Association
Mar272013Rod SimsChairman Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Mar132013The Hon Simon Crean MPMinister for the Arts
Mar052013Mary KisselEditorial board member, The Wall Street Journal
Feb272013Professor Glyn Davis ACChair, Universities Australia
Feb202013Lara GiddingsPremier of Tasmania
Feb192013Senator Christine MilneLeader of the Australian Greens
Feb122013Professor Robert PicardResearch Director of Reuters Institute
Feb062013Dave OliverSecretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions
Jan312013The Hon Tony Abbott MP Leader of the OppositionLeader of the Opposition
Jan302013The Hon Julia Gillard MP Prime MinisterPrime Minister of Australia
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