Events

The McKell Institute’s Events provide an environment for senior policy makers, business people and community leaders to engage with audiences on important contemporary issues.

We have hosted a wide range of leaders, from former Australian Prime Ministers, senior state and federal Ministers and Premiers, and senior business figures, to esteemed international dignitaries, including the former Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, Senior Advisor John Podesta and former US Congressman Barney Frank.

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Past Events

28 October 2022
A Zoom webinar analysis of the first Albanese government budget. Co-hosted by the McKell Institute, Per Capita, John Curtin Research Centre and Chifley Research Centre. The panelists included: Daniel Mulino...
21 October 2022
The McKell Institute Victoria hosted Victoria’s Treasurer Tim Pallas MP who outlined his key policy priorities and vision for Victoria ahead of the November Victorian state election. This event took...
14 September 2022
On September 14-16 our team of McKell fellows travelled across the water to Wellington, New Zealand. Our mix of delegates from the corporate, not-for-profit and union sectors met with key...
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9 June 2022
The Sixties – an era of protest, free love, civil disobedience, duffel coats, flower power, giant afros and desert boots, all recorded on grainy black and white film footage –...
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12 May 2022
Policies to combat healthcare staff fatigue, address deferred, non-pandemic related surgeries, and create a financially sustainable funding model for the future are top concerns, says McKell Institute policy forum
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10 May 2022
Join the McKell Institute for a special In Conversation with Troy Bramston on his new book, Bob Hawke: Demons and Destiny.
1 April 2022
A panel discussion analysing the 2022 Federal Budget and Opposition reply, presented by the McKell Institute, Per Capita, Chifley Research Centre and John Curtin Research Centre.
28 March 2022
Australians’ quality of life depends on the ongoing provision of quality infrastructure. Join the McKell Institute, along with NSW Opposition Leader, Chris Minns, and Minister for Infrastructure, Rob Stokes, to...
17 March 2022
In this discussion, we ask our experts how we move forward from here; how we manage our healthcare system and the exhaustion of our healthcare workers; and how we ensure...
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28 February 2022
Join us in partnership with ELMO Software for a panel discussion to explore the future of work and what challenges lay ahead for legislators and businesses alike.
20 October 2021
Over the past thirty years, the internet has transformed virtually every area of human activity, social and economic. The result is a rich set of policy challenges for governments.
29 September 2021
The McKell Institute presents a special event with state political editor Annika Smethurst on authoring the first definitive biography of Australia's thirtieth prime minister, Scott Morrison. 'The Accidental Prime Minister'...
12 September 2021
The McKell Institute presents special event with author Gideon Haigh to shine a light on The Brilliant Boy, his biography of Federal Labor opposition leader HV ‘Doc’ Evatt. Evatt and...
9 September 2021
The McKell Institute presents a deep dive into big reform in the post COVID world. Featuring panellists Dr Betsey Stevenson, Professor of public policy and economics at the University of...
25 August 2021
Why does Australia go through cycles of public policy boldness and timidity? The COVID-19 crisis has shown that the Australian political system has much more tolerance for policy innovation than...
28 July 2021
Technology is breaking down international boundaries in ways expected and unexpected. How can we develop international solutions to ensure that we benefit from technology's promise while avoiding its dangers? Topics...
6 July 2021
Nearly 250 years after European Settlement, Australia stands at a profound turning point in the relationship between First Nations people and non-indigenous Australia. The Uluru Statement from the Heart, released...
13 May 2021
The McKell Institute Victoria hosted Victoria’s Treasurer Tim Pallas MP who outlined his priorities and vision for Victoria’s post-COVID economic recovery ahead of the 2021-22 State Budget. The event was...
6 May 2021
The McKell Institute hosted the Pre-Budget address with Hon Anthony Albanese MP. The Leader of the Opposition outlined his priorities for Australia's economic future ahead of the Federal Government's Budget...
26 April 2021
The McKell Institute hosted a digital event with McKell Institute Chair Craig Emerson and Senior Fellow of the United States Studies Centre Bruce Wolpe. The event was moderated by ABC...
21 April 2021
The McKell Institute hosted a public policy forum with Shadow Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Clare O’Neil MP and Secretary of the Health Services Union Gerard Hayes....
14 April 2021
An exclusive in conversation event with Zoe Daniel, former ABC News US Bureau Chief, to discuss her latest book Greetings from Trumpland co-authored by Roscoe Whalan. Greetings from Trumpland explores...
4 March 2021
The McKell Institute hosted an exclusive in conversation event with Hon Kristina Keneally and Hon Wayne Swan to discuss their contribution to The Write Stuff by Nick Dyrenfurth and Misha...
10 February 2021
The McKell Institute in partnership with the Thrive by Five campaign hosted a virtual summit on Australia’s childcare system and the potential benefits that the current system isn’t capitalising on....
30 November 2020
Tanya Plibersek and Jim Chalmers joined Sam Crosby for a half-hour chat about Tanya’s new book Upturn: A better normal after COVID-19.
18 November 2020
The McKell Institute hosted an in conversation with journalists and authors Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston to discuss the launch of their book - The Truth of the Palace Letters....
2 November 2020
Clare O'Neil MP, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Technology and the Future of Work, addressed the future of work and its impacts on men in Australia in the second session of...
28 October 2020
McKell Institute Queensland launched Riding the Revolution - A New Approach to Active Transport in South East Queensland with a panel of leading experts including Hon. Rachel Nolan Chair of...
22 October 2020
The McKell Institute Victoria hosted a LIVE panel with Ryan Batchelor, Executive Director, the Hon Rachel Nolan, Chair of McKell Institute Queensland and Graham Young, Executive Director of Australian Institute...
30 June 2020
On Tuesday 30 June 2020, we hosted an online exclusive with Samantha Power, the 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations, former member of President Obama's cabinet & Pulitzer...
26 June 2020
Clare O'Neil MP, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Technology and the Future of Work, addressed the future of work in Australia in the first session of a two-part series. This event...
2 June 2020
McKell Victoria Executive Director James Pawluk talks with Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia Margy Osmond, the national secretary of the Transport Workers Union Michael Kaine,...
14 May 2020
The McKell Institute hosted an online exclusive event with Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s 29th Prime Minister, and Sam Crosby as they discuss Malcolm’s new memoir A Bigger Picture and the defining...
12 March 2020
The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, Opposition Leader of Australian launched "Wage-cutting Strategies in the Mining Industry: The Cost to Workers and Communities" in Mackay. The Opposition Leader was joined by...
10 March 2020
'The Economic Benefits of Universal Superannuation' was launched by Dr Don Russell, Chair of AustralianSuper. Dr Russell was joined by Geoff Sanders, Partner at Allens and McKell Institute Victoria Advisory...
8 November 2019
The 'Opportunities in Change: Responding to the Future of Work' report was co-authored by Australian National University Associate Professor, Nicholas Biddle, and the McKell Institute. The report, commissioned by IAG,...
2 August 2019
The McKell Institute Victoria hosted Queensland Senator Anthony Chisholm and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill in an open forum to address Queensland's role in the last Federal election. Senator Chisholm and...
12 July 2019
Our Queensland stakeholders had the opportunity to hear from Dr Guy Debelle, Deputy RBA Governor who provided an overview of macroeconomic trends in Australia and the broader international economy. He...
7 March 2019
John Podesta in Conversation As we pass the halfway point of the Trump Presidency, we are pleased to present one of the most important figures in American politics to discuss...
6 March 2019
"The combination of low wages growth, and rising costs of living means that families are dipping into their savings more and more - this is unsustainable" Chris Bowen addresses The McKell...
4 March 2019
Yesterday we welcomed Arthur Kopsias APM from NSW Police, John Stanton, CEO of Communications Alliance and Lizzie O'Shea from Digital Rights Watch for a panel discussion on Cybersecurity. On 8...
6 February 2019
The Hon. John Watkins AM retires after a seven year service as Chair of The McKell Institute. John addressed the importance of think tanks in the age of digital and...