October 24 to October 26, 2024

The Langham Gold Coast


Consilium 2024 program launching soon...

“I encourage you to invest in a weekend that you will remember.”


Nicholas Moore, Chairman, Centre for Independent Studies

2022 Conference Agenda

Economic: Old Problems and New Reform Agendas


Jo Masters
John Kehoe
Gary Banks
Robert Carling
Simon Cowan

China-AU Relations: How to Handle China


John Lee
Lavina Lee
Yun Jiang
Rowan Callick
Salvatore Babones

Media Relations: From Fake News to Slow News? The Crisis of Mainstream Media


Paul Kelly
Claire Lehmann
Aaron Patrick
Isabel Oakeshott
Tom Switzer

Education: Have We Lost Control of Our Classrooms?


Katharine Birbalsingh
Lorraine Hammond
Dr Greg Ashman
Glenn Fahey

Population Trend: Will Population Decline Mean the End of Capitalism


Nicholas Eberstadt
Tom Switzer

Politics: The future of left and right


Sophie Scamps
Henry Olsen
Waleed Aly
Richard Tice
Peter Kurti

2024 Speakers

About Consilium

Consilium is back for its 23rd edition this October. Consilium, a Latin word meaning a council or group of advisors is an initiative of The Centre for Independent Studies – Australia’s leading independent public think tank.

From its humble beginnings in 2000, Consilium has grown to become one of Australia’s most prestigious conferences. Over 3 days, leaders of business, politics, academia and the wider community are drawn together for intensive deliberation on major economic, social and cultural issues facing Australia.

The conference promotes free choice, individual liberty, defends cultural freedom, and the open exchange of ideas which exemplifies the mission of the CIS. All policy options need to be heard and deliberated over so that Australia can make the right decisions that will allow continued prosperity.

We look forward to welcoming you to Consilium 2024!

Who attends Consilium?

Business Leaders

A range of sectors are represented by participants and speakers, including information technology, banking and finance, mining and resources, agriculture, retail, manufacturing, construction and biotechnology.

Public Officials

Senior government legislators from Australia, New Zealand and around the world play an active role in Consilium deliberations, providing insights into current policy developments.

Cultural Leaders

Some of Australia’s most influential community and public opinion leaders attend, including scientists, Indigenous leaders, church officials, media commentators, internationally renowned thinkers, and leading arts figures.

Policy Experts & Academics

Scholars from both private and public research organisations attend Consilium. Our program will feature scholars from Australia, the United States and the UK.

Consilium 2022 will be held at the 5-star golf resort: Château Élan. Nestled among rolling vineyards and overlooking manicured fairways, the award-winning Château Élan at The Vintage is one of Australia’s finest integrated golf, spa and conference resorts located in the heart of the famed Hunter Valley.

Director and Founder of the Centre for Independent Studies

Professor of Public Policy and Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University


Sociologist, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
Author of The New Authoritarianism

Director, Free Market Foundation, (Hungary)

Health Director, Health and BioSecurity, CSIRO

Director and Founder, Academy of Ideas, London, (UK)

Founder and CEO, Cognoscenti Group

Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative (NZ)

Australian writer and columnist for the News Limited Press

Research Director, CIS

Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Western Australia

Chinese Canadian human rights advocate

Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

CEO and Founding Director, China Matters

Former Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives and Cabinet Minister

Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Academic Culture, and Professor of History, Australian Catholic University

Cancer researcher and clinical oncologist, with Genesis Care Newcastle

Founder and President, Middle East Forum, publisher Middle East Quarterly Journal, (US)

Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

Internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist, (US)

Head of Economic Research, Reserve Bank of Australia

Executive Director, CIS

Professor of Economics at Stanford University; Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and Chair of the Working Group on Economic Policy, (US)

UQ-CSIRO Chair in Personalised Nanodiagnostics, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland

Diplomat, American Board of Pathology

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Liberal Party Member for Berowra

Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, Chairman & CEO of Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd based in Beijing

Director of China and Free Societies program, CIS

Senior Research Scholar, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University, (US)