Current Affairs Speakers

Paul Barry

Paul Barry is an award-winning journalist and a best-selling author with a formidable reputation for uncovering scandal, investigating crime, exposing corporate cheats and revealing failures in government departments. Paul's latest book, Rich Kids, published in 2005, charts the rise and fall of One.Tel, in which the Packers and Murdochs lost almost $1 billion. ...

Peter Beattie

Peter Beattie was the 36th Premier of Queensland for nine years and leader of the Australian Labor Party in that state for eleven and a half years. His sweeping victories in the 2001, 2004 and 2006 state elections confirmed him as one of the most electorally successful politicians in Australia. His interests include economics and trade development, health, local government, housing, criminal law ...

Peter Shergold

Peter Shergold is the Macquarie Group Foundation Professor at the Centre for Social Impact (CSI). CSI is a cross-university collaboration between the Business Schools of the University of New South Wales, Melbourne University, Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Western Australia. It delivers business management teaching and research on not-for-profit organisations and social ...

Peter Thompson

Peter's front-line roles for 20 years in radio and television have made him a highly-recognisable and welcome guest at conferences at events where audiences are keen to share their experiences in listening and watching his programmes. Peter has also been addressing audiences on topics such as leadership, behavioural change, social cohesion, global warming, social marketing, and ethics and the medi ...

Philip Clark

Philip has been, variously: a lawyer, a journalist, a Federal Ministerial adviser and a radio broadcaster. In these roles Philip introduced longstanding favourites such as the Sydney Morning Herald's Stay in Touch column, the 2BL Evening Quiz and the Andrew Olle memorial lecture. Since 2002, he has presented the highly successful Philip Clark Drive Program from 4pm-7pm weekdays. The show mixes new ...

Pru Goward

Pru Goward served as Executive Director of the Office of the Status of Women from 1997-2001. In July 2001, she became the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, appointed for a term of five years. In 2004, she was also appointed Commissioner Responsible for Age Discrimination. Pru stood successfully as a candidate for the Liberal Party of Australia in the seat of Goulburn in the Legislative Asse ...

Ray Martin

Ray began his career working for ABC radio in Sydney in 1965 and 1968 moved to New York where he worked as a correspondent for the ABC's North American bureau for ten years. In 1978 Ray moved back to Australia to launch 60 Minutes with George Negus and Ian Leslie. The show was a huge success. In 1984, Ray hosted The Midday Show to be closer to home. There he won five Gold Logies, more than twenty ...

Richard Clarke

Long known as one of the hard-liners against terrorists, Richard Clarke served US presidents as a senior White House advisor. He was named the counterterrorism czar for both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Under George W. Bush, he was also the Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security. Initially appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence by Ronald Reagan, Clarke w ...

Richard Dreyfuss

From Jaws to Close Encounters of the Third Kind to Mr. Holland's Opus, Oscar-winning Richard Dreyfuss has always been one of our most versatile and charismatic actors. His most rewarding role, however, is the one he serves as an outspoken political and social activist. At the top of his list is the acute need for revitalizing the true meaning of civics and to make it exciting and relevant again, ...

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