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The National Press Club hosts public debates and private discussions that shape Australia today and into the future. Home of the national conversation, we’re proud to be Australia’s most recognised forum for discussion and debate. 

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Upcoming Speakers

Wed
14
Apr
2021

Graeme Samuel

Chair of Dementia Australia

'“Dementia is not about them - it is about you and me!” A Roadmap for quality dementia care – achievable, sustainable and transformational - and absolutely essential.'

The Chair of Dementia Australia addresses the National Press Club, outlining his roadmap for quality dementia care.

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Wed
21
Apr
2021

Jane Golley, Wang Xining & Michael Smith

LAUNCH OF THE 2020 CHINA STORY YEARBOOK

'The China Crisis'

Professor Jane Golley is the co-editor of the China Story Yearbook series. She will launch the 2020 edition which is appropriately entitled China Story Yearbook 2020: Crisis. Professor Golley will be joined on stage by Wang Xining, Deputy Head of Mission, Minister at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, and Michael Smith, China correspondent for the Australian Financial Review, who has reported on China for over 20 years.

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Wed
28
Apr
2021

Bill Shorten

Shadow Minister for the NDIS

'The future of the National Disability Insurance Scheme'

Bill Shorten, Shadow Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Shadow Minister for Government Services, and former leader of the Australian Labor Party, addresses the National Press Club on the future of the NDIS.

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Wed
5
May
2021

Ita Buttrose

Chair of the ABC & Patron of Macular Disease Foundation Australia

'“Vision for a healthy ageing Australia” in support of Macular Disease Foundation Australia'

Media legend Ita Buttrose, speaking in her role as Patron of Macular Disease Foundation Australia, presents her vision for a healthy ageing Australia.

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Wed
9
Jun
2021

Dr Omar Khorshid

Australian Medical Association Federal President

'Post-pandemic future for Australia’s health care system'

Dr Omar Khorshid, in his first address to the National Press Club, will release the report titled AMA’s Vision for Australia’s Health, outlining a future plan for better national health care.   

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Speaker Archive

Wed
24
Mar
2021

Richard Marles

Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for National Reconstruction, Employment, Skills and Small Business

'Why we need to celebrate science…'

The recently-appointed Shadow Minister for National Reconstruction, Employment, Skills and Small Business and Shadow Minister for Science addresses the National Press Club: "We need to start celebrating science in this country and recognise it must be at the heart of a modern economy.”

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Wed
17
Mar
2021

Dr Cathy Foley

Australia’s Chief Scientist

'What next for science and research in Australia?'

Dr Cathy Foley delivers her first major address as Australia’s Chief Scientist. She will set out a path for Australian science in a world rattled by the COVID-19 pandemic and on the cusp of unprecedented digital disruption.

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Wed
10
Mar
2021

Professor Deborah Terry AO

Vice-Chancellor, The University of Queensland & Chair, Universities Australia

'From partnership to prosperity'

After six years as Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, Professor Deborah Terry returned to The University of Queensland as Vice-Chancellor and President on 1 August 2020. She is a Fellow and past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and past Deputy Chair of the Board of Universities Australia.

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