Conference Program

Day 1 | October 27, 2022


Pre Dinner Reception


Opening Dinner: Welcome
Nicholas Moore


Opening Dinner & Onstage Conversation: Cheer Up, Things Could Be Worse
Henry Olsen, Tom Switzer

Post Dinner Drinks


Day 2 | October 28, 2022


Breakfast Session A: Beating France to Botany Bay: The Race to Found Australia
Margaret Cameron-Ash, Tom Switzer

Breakfast Session B: Equity vs Equality – The Importance of Social Mobility
Katharine Birbalsingh, Simon Cowan

End of Breakfast Sessions


Keynote 1: Preserving the Telos of Truth-Seeking: The Journalist's Role
Claire Lehmann

Plenary Session 1: From Fake News To Slow News? The Crisis of Mainstream Media
Paul Kelly, Claire Lehmann, Aaron Patrick, Isabel Oakeshott, Tom Switzer

Morning Tea


Keynote 2: China’s shrinking space for women’s rights
Yun Jiang

Plenary Session 2: Labor's challenge—managing China or walking on eggshells?
John Lee, Lavina Lee, Yun Jiang, Rowan Callick, Salvatore Babones



Keynote 3: Meeting the Big Economic Challenge?
John Kehoe

Plenary Session 3: Old Problems & New Reform Agendas
Jo Masters, John Kehoe, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan

Afternoon Tea & Leisure


Pre Dinner Reception


Friday Casual Dinner: Can the lessons from Covid-19 be used to cure cancer, prevent outbreaks and rebuild the economy?
Matt Trau, Dr. Nick Coatsworth, Dr. Larisa Labzin 

Post Dinner Drinks


Day 3 | October 29, 2022


Breakfast Session A: Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics
Mary Eberstadt, Peter Kurti

Breakfast Session B: China's digital challenge
Alice Han, Salvatore Babones

End of Breakfast Sessions


Keynote 4: Lessons From ‘Britain’s Strictest School’
Katharine Birbalsingh

Plenary Session 4: Have We Lost Control of Our Classrooms?
Katharine Birbalsingh, Lorraine Hammond, Dr Greg Ashman, Glenn Fahey

Morning Tea


Plenary Session 5: Demography and the “Great Resignation”
Nicholas Eberstadt, Tom Switzer



Keynote 6: The new Political Realignment
Henry Olsen

Plenary Session 6: The future of Left and Right
Henry Olsen, Waleed Aly, Sophie Scamps, Richard Tice, Peter Kurti

Afternoon Tea & Leisure


Independence Society Reception


Pre Dinner Reception


Closing Dinner, McGregor Fellowship Presentation & Neville Kennard Address
Peter Costello

Post Dinner Drinks


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)