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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

  • In Conversation with Tanya Plibersek and Jim Chalmers

    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.
  • In Conversation with Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston – The Truth of the Palace Letters

    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. Helen Trinca from the Australian moderated the session.
    L-R Troy Bramston, Paul Kelly and Helen Trinca
  • Part 2: In Conversation with Clare O’Neil MP on the Future of Work

    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 a two-part series. This event was co-hosted by TWUSUPER..
  • Report Launch: Riding the Revolution – A New Approach to Active Transport in South East Queensland

    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 the McKell Institute Queensland, Rebecca Randazzo CEO of Bicycle QLD, Professor John Brannock from the University of Queensland and Kirsty Kelly, CEO of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management. The event was hosted by Lindy Johnson
    Guest seated with Riding the Revolution report. Photo: Claudia Baxter, ThePhotoPitch
    Panel L-R Hon Rachel Nolan, Rebecca Pandazzo, Kirsty Kelly, Prof. John Brannock. Photo: Claudia Baxter, ThePhotoPitch
    Report Launch Riding the Revolution @ Queensland Parlimanent. Photo: Claudia Baxter, ThePhotoPitch
    The Hon Rachel Nolan, Chair of the McKell Institute Queensland addresses the event. Photo: Claudia Baxter, ThePhotoPitch
    With thanks to the panel L-R Kirsty Kelly, Hon Rachel Nolan, Prof. John Brannock and Rebecca Pandazzo. Photo: Claudia Baxter, ThePhotoPitch
  • Queensland Election: An Inside Look

    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 for Progress on Thursday 22 October to discuss the Queensland Election.
  • Part 1: In Conversation with Clare O’Neil MP on the Future of Work

    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 was co-hosted by HESTA.
  • In Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power

    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 Prize-Winning Author.
  • ‘Australian Aviation after COVID-19: The Urgent Need for an Australian Aviation Plan’ Report Launch

    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, and former Queensland Minister for Transport the Hon. Paul Lucas, to discuss Australia's future of aviation in the wake of the COVID crisis.
  • In conversation with Malcolm Turnbull

    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 narrative of his prime ministership.
  • “Wage-cutting Strategies in the Mining Industry” Report Launch with the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP

    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 Cr Anne Baker, Mayor of Issac Regional Council and CFMEU Representative Stephen Smyth, QLD President. The report was sponsored by CFMEU Mining & Energy and explores the impact of casualisation that is increasingly prevalent in this key sector.
    Hon. Rachel Nolan, Executive Chair of the McKell Institute Queensland facilitates the panel with Cr Anne Baker, Mayor of Issac Regional Council, Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, Opposition Leader of Australia and Stephen Smyth, CFMEU QLD President.
    Hon. Anthony Albanese MP address the media.
    Hon. Anthony Albanese MP addresses the report launch.
  • ‘Economic Benefits of Universal Superannuation: How Superannuation Works for All of Us’ Report Launch

    '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 Board member and HESTA's Head of Impact, Mary Delahunty. The report outlines why strengthening - not undermining - our super system is the way forward.
    Dr Don Russell, Chair of AustralianSuper
    Dr Don Russell, Chair of AustralianSuper
    Dr Don Russell, Chair of AustralianSuper discusses the postive impact of an increase to 12%.
    Dr Don Russell, Chair of AustralianSuper one of the original architects of the superannuation system.
    Mary Delahunty, McKell Institute Victorian Advisory Board member and HESTA Head of Impact on panel at the report launch.
    L-R: Geoff Sanders, Partner Allens; Dr Don Russell, Chair of AustralianSuper; Mary Delahunty, Head of Impact HESTA.
    L-R: Geoff Sanders, Partner Allens; Dr Don Russell, Chair of AustralianSuper; Mary Delahunty, Head of Impact HESTA; James Pawluk, Executive Director the McKell Institute Victoria.
    L-R: Geoff Sanders, Partner Allens; Dr Don Russell, Chair of AustralianSuper; Hon. Dr Craig Emerson, Chair of the McKell Institute