2023 Conference Program

Day 1 Dinner Reception | October 19, 2023


18:30 - 19:00

Pre-dinner reception

19:00 - 19:10

Opening Address:

Nicholas Moore, Chairman, Centre for Independent Studies

19:10 - 21:30

Opening dinner & onstage discussion: Are we in an era of superabundance or existential collapse?


Post dinner drinks

Day 2 Morning Sessions | October 20, 2023


08:00 - 08:45

Morning session A: Lessons on school reform: Could charter schools fix Australian education?

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome by conference chair + housekeeping

09:10 - 09:40

Keynote One: Defence

10:40 - 11:10

Morning tea

11:10 - 11:40

Keynote Two: Culture

12:40 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Keynote Three: Responsible AI – Ethics, society, and the business case for AI

15:30 - 18:00

Afternoon tea & leisure

18:00 - 19:00

Pre dinner reception


Post dinner drinks

Day 3 Morning Sessions | October 21, 2023


08:00 - 08:45

Morning session A: ESG

08:00 - 08:45

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome address day three + housekeeping

10:40 - 11:10

Morning tea

11:10 - 11:40

Keynote five: “Housing Policy in Australia”, A discussion of the "Crisis"

11:40 - 12:40

Plenary session five: “Housing Policy in Australia”, A discussion of the “Crisis”

12:40 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:00

Keynote six: Why education matters for the wealth of nations

15:00 - 16:00

Plenary session six: Can we still be a clever country after decades of failing school performance

16:00 - 18:30

Afternoon tea and free time

18:30 - 19:00

Pre-dinner reception

19:00 - 22:00


Post dinner drinks
Consilium 2023 end

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)