Registration starts at 8:30am on Wednesday 31 July for a 9:00am start. Ends at 4:00pm.

Our MC for the event will be Ellen Fanning, Host of ABC TV’s The Drum.

Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch provided.

Session 1: Getting it Done

  • 9:00am: Professor Ross Garnaut and Professor Rod Sims, The Superpower Institute (TBC)
  • 9:30am: Jim Stanford, Economist & Director, The Australia Institute & Centre for Future Work; and Charlie Joyce Anne Kantor Fellow, Carmichael Centre
  • 10:00am: Q&A

Morning Tea (10:30am to 11:00am)

Session 2: Global Outlook

  • 11:00am: Elizabeth Thurborn, Professor of International Political Economy, University of NSW
  • 11:30am: TBC
  • 12:00 noon: TBC

Lunch (12:30pm to 1:30pm)

Session 3: The Australia Capability

  • 1:30pm: Tania Archibold, Chief Executive Australian Steel Products, BlueScope (TBC)
  • 2:00pm: Vesna Olles, Director of Strategy, Clean Energy, BOC
  • 2:30pm: Dr Philip Toner,  Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of NSW
  • 3:00pm: Q&A


  • 6:00pm: Registration and pre-dinner drinks
  • 6:30pm: Dinner commences
  • 7:30pm: Hon Steven Miles MP, Premier of Queensland
  • 10:00pm: Dinner concludes


Session 4: The Queensland Experience

  • 8:30am: Hon Glenn Butcher MP, Queensland Minister for Manufacturing; and Hon Lance McCallum MP, Queensland Minister for Skills and Workforce Development (TBC)
  • 9:00am: Peter Ong, Queensland and NT Secretary, Electrical Trades Union
  • 9:30am: Emeritus Professor Dr Roy, University of Technology Sydney
  • 10:00am: Q&A

Morning Tea (10:30am to 11:00am)

Session 5: To be confirmed

  • 11:00am: Bill Mundy, Consultant, Federation University SA
  • 11:20am: TBC, Standards Australia
  • 11:40am: TBC
  • 12:00 noon: Natalie Collard, CEO, Farmers for Climate Action
  • 12:20pm: Q&A

Lunch (12:40pm to 1:40pm)

Session 6: Call to Action

  • 1:40pm: Action Plan Breakout Session
  • 3:30pm: Michelle O’Neil, National President, ACTU
  • 4:00pm: Geoff Crittenden, CEO, Weld Australia
  • 4:30pm: Conference Close

Please note that the above is a provisional program only. The full program and all speakers will be finalised in the coming weeks.

Download a PDF copy of the Program here.