Upcoming Speakers

  • The Hon Scott Morrison MP – SOLD OUT

    Prime Minister of Australia

    '2020 Opening Address to the National Press Club'

    Wednesday, 29 January 2020

    Arrive from 11.20am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30pm, concludes 1.30pm

    Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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    This is a Corporate/Full and Affiliate Member event ONLY.

    Additional security procedures are in place for this event and form part of the conditions of entry.

    Please note the following:

    • We will require your guest names to be lodged with us by Noon Friday 24 January 2020.
    • We are unable to guarantee any guest changes for this event after that time.
    • At registration, you and your guests will need identification (membership card or photo ID).
    • Bags (including hand bags) will be subject to inspection or they will be required to be checked in on arrival. Larger bags will need to be checked in.
    • You will be given an identification ticket for the lodgement of your property. Bags will be safeguarded by a club staff member during this event.
    • Security staff will use security wands for random checking.
    • No late entries – people will not be permitted to enter the room after 12:30pm.
    • We thank you for your co-operation.

    Registration will open at 11.20am and we encourage you and your guests to arrive on time to avoid delays.


    The Hon Scott Morrison MP was sworn in as Australia’s 30th Prime Minister on 24 August 2018. He has previously served as Treasurer, Minister for Social Services, Minister for Border Protection and was first elected to Parliament as the Federal Member for Cook in 2007.

    During his more than ten years in the parliament, the Prime Minister has established a reputation as a passionate advocate for his local community as well as a proven fixer for difficult policy problems in senior Cabinet portfolios.

    As Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, he successfully stopped the boats. As Social Services Minister, he reduced abuse of the welfare system and put Australia’s social safety net on a more sustainable footing.

    As Treasurer, his achievements include reducing the deficit, getting debt under control, maintaining Australia’s AAA credit rating, record jobs growth, cutting corporate and personal income taxes, ensuring multinationals pay their fair share of tax and reforming Australia’s banking and financial system.

    The Prime Minister has represented the electorate of Cook in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire since 2007. He and his wife Jenny have two young daughters.

  • Philip Lowe – NPC Sydney Address

    Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia

    'Address to the National Press Club - Sydney'

    Wednesday, 5 February 2020

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

    Sydney - Doltone House - Jones Bay Wharf, 26-32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009

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    Philip Lowe is Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

    Mr Lowe holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.Comm (Honours) in Economics/Econometrics from the University of New South Wales. He has authored numerous papers, including on the linkages between monetary policy and financial stability. He commenced as Governor on 18 September 2016.

    He is Chair of the Reserve Bank Board and Payments System Board, and Chair of the Council of Financial Regulators. He is a member of the Financial Stability Board. Prior to his current role, he held the positions of Deputy Governor, Assistant Governor (Economic) and Assistant Governor (Financial System). He also spent two years at the Bank for International Settlements working on financial stability issues.

    Mr Lowe is Chair of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and a director of The Anika Foundation. He is also Chair of the Committee on the Global Financial System of the Bank for International Settlements.

    Mr Lowe is a signatory to The Banking and Finance Oath.


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    National Press Club of Australia Sydney

  • Dr Alan Finkel

    Australia’s Chief Scientist

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

    Wednesday, 12 February 2020

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

    Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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    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.

    There’s fear and uncertainty about how or if we can take the steps needed to achieve these goals. Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, sees reason for hope, particularly if we follow a strategic pathway.

    In November 2019, Dr Finkel presented the National Hydrogen Strategy to the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council. It contains a national framework that supports the individual state and territory strategies, which along with the Commonwealth, will guide the development of a hydrogen sector that is safe, cost-effective, and of benefit to all Australians.

    In addressing the National Press Club, Dr Finkel will discuss how the Strategy can be a springboard for using technology to achieve a low emissions future.


    Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Prior to his appointment, he served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University in Victoria, Australia.

    As Chief Scientist, Dr Finkel led the development of Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy in 2019 at the request of the Council of Australian Governments. He also led the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, the 2017 Review into the National Electricity Market (“Finkel Review”) and the 2018 STEM Industry Partnership Forum report. He serves as the Deputy Chair of Innovation and Science Australia.

    Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator. He was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University.

  • Kevin McCloud MBE – SOLD OUT

    TV Presenter, Grand Designs

    'Touchy, Feely, Tasty Architecture'

    Monday, 24 February 2020

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

    Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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    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.


    Kevin is best known for the internationally acclaimed series GRAND DESIGNS, first aired on Channel 4 and now in its 20th year of broadcast.  In 2015 Kevin accepted a BAFTA on behalf of the series, which is now shown around the world in over 100 territories and has seen Australia, New Zealand and now Sweden produce their own homegrown versions.

    Kevin’s other TV work for Channel 4 includes Demolition (2005), an urban regeneration series The Big Town Plan (2008), two series about his shed, Man Made Home (2012 and 2013) and an epic recycling series in which he and a team reused an entire commercial aircraft, Kevin’s Supersized Salvage.  In 2015 he travelled to far corners of the globe to explore remote and hostile environments where people are determined to live, in Escape To The Wild. He also wrote and presented his four-hour Grand Tour of Europe in 2009 and spent two and a half weeks in the slums of Mumbai for Channel 4’s 2010 India season, exploring the components of community and the social mechanisms that make slums work.  The two one-hour programmes are still used as a resource in teaching human geography.

    In 2019 he wrote and presented Grand Designs: The Street, following ten households as they embarked on an epic five-year community project to construct their own homes as part of Britain’s biggest self-build project at Graven Hill in Bicester.  He has also fronted four series of Grand Designs: House of the Year, a joyous series in which he visits cutting-edge new homes across the country, all in the running for the prestigious RIBA House of the Year award.

    Kevin broadcasts extensively about design and architecture, and for many years covered, live, the pre-eminent UK architectural competition The Stirling Prize for Channel 4. His finest non-architectural hour came in November 2008, when he appeared as the Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car on Top Gear. He finished with a time of 1:45.87, second on the leaderboard behind Jay Kay, who finished with 1:45.83. So just to be clear, he was really, really fast and nearly won.

    He describes his career as the ‘road less travelled’, the ideal training for a television presenter.  He has written for most national newspapers and authored books on subjects as diverse as traditional paint, lighting, architecture, self-build and sustainability. He ran for years a design and manufacturing business and in 2007 started HAB, an ethical developer which has since constructed over 500 sustainable homes on highly innovative schemes typified by award-winning architecture and avant-garde public realm design. The firm recently procured a project in North Bristol, which has been honoured by the World Economic Forum as one of a handful of exemplar sustainable new communities on the planet. 

    Kevin still enjoys repairing gearboxes and old chairs, skills acquired from his father, an engineer who designed test systems for rockets. He lives in the West Country, plants trees, draws, paints and likes mountains. He was awarded an MBE in 2014, is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, has two Honorary Doctorates from Plymouth and Oxford Brookes, and is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University.

    The Griffin Lecture is proudly supported by GHDWoodhead.

  • Her Excellency Vicki Treadell

    British High Commissioner to Australia

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

    Wednesday, 1 April 2020

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

    Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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    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.

    Mrs Treadell has held senior roles in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since she began her Foreign Service career in 1979. Most recently, Mrs Treadell served as the British High Commissioner to Malaysia (2014 to 2019) and New Zealand (2010 to 2014) and Deputy High Commissioner to India (2006 to 2010).

    Additionally, Treadell was Director of UK Trade and Investment for the North West of England from 2002 to 2005 where she was responsible for driving trade and investment as a key pillar of regional and economic development.

To propose a speaker please contact ceo@npc.org.au with a brief bio and photo of the speaker, speech title and brief outline of the speech, along with a proposed date. Your speaker proposal will be presented to the board at the next board meeting for their decision. Please allow up to 8 weeks for notification.