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Upcoming Speakers

Wed
19
Aug
2020

Natasha Stott Despoja AO

Chair of Our Watch

'Australia's ongoing national emergency - violence against women. How we can eliminate it, through COVID and beyond'

Natasha Stott Despoja is the inaugural Chair of Our Watch, a national leader to prevent violence against women and their children. She will discuss how existing gender inequalities have been exacerbated during the COVID pandemic and the increase in violence against women. Our Watch focuses on primary prevention: stopping violence before it occurs. Natasha argues Australia needs to continue to work on tackling the behaviours and attitudes that give rise to violence against women and their children.

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Fri
28
Aug
2020

Alan Tudge

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs

'A united Australia: Safeguarding our social cohesion and keeping Australians together in a time of COVID'

Australia is the most diverse and successful multicultural democracy in the world. Our focus on migrant integration and the adoption of unifying Australian values has undoubtedly made Australia stronger and more prosperous. However, our unique model of social cohesion is facing new and disparate challenges. Now is the time to focus on the things we can do to keep Australians together and build upon our success.

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Wed
12
Aug
2020

Dr Larry Marshall

Chief Executive, CSIRO

'Mission possible – A vision for Australia’s recovery and future resilience'

Following his reappointment, CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall outlines his perspective on the critical role of science and technology in driving Australia’s COVID-19 recovery efforts and the power of bold, visionary collaboration to build our future resilience and solve our greatest challenges.

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Wed
5
Aug
2020

Jenny Morris

Chair, APRA Board of Directors

'Australia - a music nation and the path to become a music industry powerhouse'

Australia now has the opportunity to be one of only a handful of nations to be a net exporter of music. But we need to get the policy, investment and industry settings right. As Australia tackles a post-COVID economic recovery, this speech from Jenny Morris, a luminary of Australian and New Zealand music, will point to a sector that has not only adapted to technological change and digital disruption but also helps to define who we are as a nation, is a central pillar of our health and well-being and is a key driver of learning in schools. The speech will be followed by an industry panel, a Q&A and a music performance.

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Tue
4
Aug
2020

Hon Richard Marles MP

Deputy Leader of the Opposition & Shadow Minister for Defence

'Why the Coalition's ongoing mishandling of the future submarine program should be of concern to every Australian'

The Morrison Government has bungled the Future Submarine Program to the enormous detriment of Australia's national security and there are two key reasons why this story should be on the radar of every Australian. First the Future Submarines are the single most expensive item that the Commonwealth of Australia has ever purchased in any context since Federation. And second, Australia’s national security desperately requires the evolution of its long-range submarine capability. Yet in relation to each of the three key indicators – time, cost, and Australian industry content – the Future Submarine Program is going in the wrong direction and fast. The consequences of this government's failure to manage the Future Submarine Program properly are profound, particularly as we navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.

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