All 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

  • Governing in the Internet Age: In Conversation with Paul Fletcher

    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.
  • The Accidental Prime Minister: In Conversation with Annika Smethurst

    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' uncovers the man behind the headlines and slogans to show us what makes Scott Morrison tick.
  • In Conversation with Gideon Haigh

    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 Robert Menzies were political contemporaries at a state and national level, whose politics were forged by the Great War, a global pandemic and the Great Depression, and played central roles in reforming social democratic governments. Today their lives remain as relevant as ever.
  • Is Big Reform Dead Post COVID?

    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 Michigan; Dr Angela Jackson, Lead Economist at Equity Economics; and the Hon. Dr Craig Emerson, Managing Director of Emerson Economics.
  • In Conversation with Peter Van Onselen

    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 appeared to be the case on the evidence of the previous twenty years. As another election approaches, though, the signs are that both major parties are keen for a return to policy caution. In Who Dares Loses: Pariah Policies, Wayne Errington and Peter van Onselen explain the political constraints on policymakers and the ways in which they are changing.
  • Global Tech, Global Democracy: How tech has broken down international boundaries?

    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 include civic integrity, combatting online misinformation, freedom of speech and the role tech has played in elections. The McKell Institute and US think tank Progressive Policy Institute present US Congressman Representative Joe Courtney and Australian Federal Shadow Minister for Industry and Innovation Hon Ed Husic MP in an online summit.

  • Voice, Treaty, Truth: The Pathway to a Better Australia

    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 in 2017 following a lengthy process of consideration by indigenous people offers a way forward through a Makarrata process of truth telling and treaty making and through a proposal for an indigenous voice to Parliament. The McKell Institute event Voice, Treaty, Truth brought three of the country’s most outstanding indigenous leaders together, to ask them what is the way forward in Queensland and Australia’s treaty processes and what, in their view, a genuinely reconciled Australia would look like.
  • Victoria Pre-Budget Address with Tim Pallas MP

    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 presented in partnership with Plenary.
  • Pre-Budget Address with Hon Anthony Albanese MP

    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 announcement.
  • Public Policy Forum with Clare O’Neil MP and Gerard Hayes

    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. Gerard gave introductory remarks on the challenges facing the industry followed by Clare who delivered an address that outlined the economic case for aged care reform.
  • 100 Days of Biden

    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 journalist Fauziah Ibrahim. Craig and Bruce discussed the first 100 days of the Biden Presidency and the trajectory of US policy under his leadership.
  • In Conversation with Zoe Daniel

    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 how an unprecedented presidency changed everything. The conversation was moderated by McKell Victoria Executive Director Ryan Batchelor.
  • In Conversation with Hon Kristina Keneally and Hon Wayne Swan

    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 Zelinsky. The conversation was moderated by McKell CEO Michael Buckland and took place via Zoom.
  • Thrive by Five Virtual Summit

    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. A panel of passionate industry experts including ACTU President Michele O’Neil, The Parenthood CEO Georgie Dent, Thrive by Five CEO Jay Weatherill and philanthropist Lucy Turnbull discussed childcare reform. There were breakout sessions moderated by Grattan Institute’s CEO Danielle Wood, McKell Institute Chair Dr Craig Emerson, HESTA's Head of Impact Mary Delahunty, McKell's Ryan Batchelor along with Olga Rastrigina from the OECD and Chief Executive Women's CEO Susan Metcalf.