Conference Program

Day 1 | October 27, 2022

Thursday

Pre Dinner Reception

18:30

Opening Dinner: Cheer Up, Things Could Be Worse
Isabel Oakeshott, Henry Olsen, Tom Switzer

Post Dinner Drinks

21:00

Day 2 | October 28, 2022

Friday

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

08:30

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, Tom Switzer

Morning Tea

10:45

Keynote 2: The Changing Face of Online Censorship in China
Yun Jiang

Plenary Session 2: How to Handle China
John Lee, Lavina Lee, Yun Jiang, Rowan Callick, Salvatore Babones

Lunch

13:00

Keynote 3: Meeting the Big Economic Challenge?
John Kehoe

Plenary Session 3: Old Problems & New Reform Agendas
Jo Masters, John Kehoe, Gary Banks, Simon Cowan - Stay tuned for more speakers to be announced!

Afternoon Tea & Leisure

16:00

Pre-Dinner Drinks
Independence Society Members

18:15

Pre Dinner Reception

18:30

Friday Casual Dinner: Can the Scientific Lessons from the Pandemic be used to Cure Cancer plus Rebuild the Economy?
Matt Trau, Dr. Nick Coatsworth, Dr. Larisa Labzin 

Post Dinner Drinks

21:00

Day 3 | October 29, 2022

Saturday

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

Breakfast Session B: Topic to be announced
Alice Han, Salvatore Babones

End of Breakfast Sessions

08:30

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

10:45

Plenary Session 5: Will Population Decline Mean the End of Capitalism?
Nicholas Eberstadt, Tom Switzer

Lunch

12:30

Keynote 6: The new Political Realignment
Henry Olsen

Plenary Session 6: The future of Left and Right
Henry Olsen, Isabel Oakeshott, Waleed Aly, Peter Kurti - Stay tuned for more speakers to be announced!

Afternoon Tea & Leisure

15:30

Pre-Dinner Drinks
Independence Society Members

18:15

Pre Dinner Reception

18:30

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

Post Dinner Drinks

21:00

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)