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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

  • Let’s talk about Queensland – The McKell Institute Victoria

    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 Mayor Hill gave their perspectives on the politics in the state, and the diabolical challenge of long term policy vision that should support all Australians - from the regions to the major cities.
  • McKell Institute QLD Executive Boardroom with the RBA

    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 addressed how RBA and the central banks around the world were working together to incorporate the opportunities and risks; from climate change to an economy in transition, a look into their forecasts and monetary policy responses.
  • John Podesta: The Path to Progress

    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 the latest developments in US and global politics. The Democrats have taken a battering in recent years but this event will allow insights into how the centre-left is fighting back. John Podesta is the former Chief of Staff to US President Bill Clinton, Counselor to US President Barack Obama and chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. John Podesta also founded the progressive think tank the Center for American Progress.
  • Policy Address with Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen

    "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 Institute | 6 March 2019
  • Cybersecurity Forum at Google HQ, Sydney

    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 December 2018, the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act became law. Our panellists spoke about their involvement with the Bill and Inquiry. They also discussed digital rights and needs generally, as well as how best to go about future legislation. It was a lively discussion that provoked thoughtful questions for both our audience and panel.
  • Outgoing Address with the Hon. John Watkins AM as Chair of The McKell Institute

    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 political disruption, and also announced the appointment of incoming Chair Dr. Craig Emerson. The event was attended by McKell Institute members, friends, staff and fellows, and colleagues of the industry.