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Upcoming Speakers

Wed
26
Feb
2020

Professor Deborah Terry AO – SOLD OUT

Chair, Universities Australia & Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University

'Let's dare to be wise: expertise and evidence are our best defence against future terrors'

Professor Deborah Terry has been Curtin University’s Vice-Chancellor since February 2014 and will take up her appointment as University of Queensland’s Vice-Chancellor in August 2020. She is currently Chair of the Board of Universities Australia and a Fellow and past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA). ...

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Wed
11
Mar
2020

Rex Patrick, Hugh White & Peter Jennings

Senator for South Australia, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the ANU and Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

'AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE SUBMARINES - TIME FOR PLAN B?'

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Wed
1
Apr
2020

Her Excellency Vicki Treadell

British High Commissioner to Australia

'The UK and Australia: A dynamic partnership in a changing world'

Her Excellency Vicki Treadell CMG, MVO took up her appointment as British High Commissioner to Australia on 13 March 2019. As High Commissioner, Mrs Treadell will continue to advance and maintain the relationship between the UK and Australia. The High Commissioner is the UK government’s representative in a Commonwealth nation. ...

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Wed
8
Apr
2020

Sally McManus

Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

'Secure work and raising wages: A growing economy for all'

In 2017 Sally was elected as the ACTU Secretary, the first woman Secretary in its 90-year history. ...

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Thu
23
Apr
2020

Malcolm Turnbull

Australia’s 29th Prime Minister

'A Bigger Picture – an autobiography '

When Malcolm Turnbull took over the nation’s top job there was a sense of excitement in Australia. Sky-high opinion polls followed as the political outsider with a successful business, legal and media career took charge. The infighting that dogged politics for the best part of a decade looked to be over.But his Prime Ministership was brutally cut down Turnbull’s time in office after three years, leaving many Australians asking, ‘Why?’

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Wed
27
May
2020

Professor Tanya Monro – SOLD OUT

Chief Defence Scientist

'Address to the National Press Club '

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Speaker Archive

Mon
24
Feb
2020

Kevin McCloud MBE

TV Presenter, Grand Designs

'Touchy, Feely, Tasty Architecture'

Kevin McCloud will deliver the Australian Institute of Architects’ 53rd Griffin Lecture. Since its first delivery in Canberra in 1961, the Griffin Lecture (named in honour of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin) has addressed the big issues in architecture and design.

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Wed
19
Feb
2020

Nicole Rose, Michael Phelan & Reece Kershaw

CEO Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), CEO Australia Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) & Commissioner Australia Federal Police (AFP)

'Countering child sexual exploitation and abuse'

Australian authorities have noticed a number of disturbing trends in recent years: the severity of violence used against children is increasing and the age of victims is getting younger; the volume and dissemination of violent child abuse material is escalating; and we’re seeing the emergence of self-produced child sexual exploitation material. Countering child sexual exploitation and abuse in the physical and online world is a priority for the Home Affairs Portfolio. Heads of the Australian Federal Police, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission come together to discuss this insidious crime.

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Wed
12
Feb
2020

Dr Alan Finkel

Australia’s Chief Scientist

'Planned Obsolescence – managing the transition to the electric planet'

Energy is essential to our civilisation and foregoing it is not an option. But we also need to reduce emissions from carbon-based fuel sources as quickly as possible, while ensuring a future for our children that continues access to today’s, and the future’s, technology advances.

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