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Upcoming Speakers

Mon
1
Feb
2021

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA

'2021 Opening Address to the National Press Club of Australia'

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.

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Wed
3
Feb
2021

Philip Lowe

GOVERNOR OF THE RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

'The Year Ahead'

Philip Lowe is Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

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Wed
17
Feb
2021

Nicola Forrest, Jay Weatherill & Fiona Stanley

Co-Chair & Co-Founder of Minderoo Foundation, CEO of Thrive by Five and Former Australian of the Year

'It’s Time for a High-Quality Early Learning System'

An early learning system that is universally accessible and high quality – it would be a game changer. Join three of Australia’s most prominent voices on early childhood to discuss how a revitalised and ramped up early learning system would deliver the best social and economic outcomes.

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Wed
10
Mar
2021

Professor Deborah Terry AO

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

'Address to the National Press Club'

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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Wed
9
Dec
2020

Rory Medcalf & Michelle Price

Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University & CEO of AustCyber, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network

'Securing Australia in the 2020s'

This has been year of global shock: COVID-19 and its economic fallout, intensified strategic struggle around the rise of China, environmental disaster, social turmoil. The world is in for a decade of disruption, and Australia faces a horizon of risk. Yet commentary often overlooks the capability and agency that our nation, a substantial power in every sense, can bring to the challenges ahead. In this presentation, two prominent analysts offer distinct roadmaps for Australia to protect its interests and values in the decade ahead. These involve drawing on the lessons of 2020 and building foundations for new kinds of security, spanning defence, economics, diplomacy, society, information and technology.

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Wed
2
Dec
2020

Sally McManus

Secretary Australian Council Trade Unions (ACTU)

'The Australian Social Contract: What has COVID taught us?'

Sally is the 10th Secretary of the ACTU. She was the leader of her Union, the ASU in NSW representing community, public sector and private sector workers. She commenced work with the ASU as an ACTU Trainee Organiser in 1994.

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Tue
1
Dec
2020

James Muecke

Australian of the Year 2020

'Silent No More'

If you had a life-threatening cancer, you’d want to know if it could be put into remission. Research now suggests that type 2 diabetes, affecting over 1.7 million Aussies and arguably our biggest killer, can be put into remission in as little as six weeks. And yet, the majority of patients with this disease are not aware of such a life-changing opportunity. And why are patients with diabetes still being told to eat a diet high in carbohydrates, the very diet they should be avoiding? Eye surgeon and Australian of the Year for 2020 Dr James Muecke AM, takes us on his journey from treating the blinding complications of diabetes to his fight to build greater awareness around the causes and complications of type 2 diabetes, and opportunities to combat this blinding, maiming and deadly disease that’s the greatest threat to our health system. In this journey, he sheds lights on the responses from industry, businesses and government, and the vested interests that have shaped the dietary disaster that’s consuming our country.

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