Upcoming Speakers

  • Bob Inglis

    Bob Inglis

    Lawyer and former US Congressman

    'How conservatives can lead on climate action in the age of Trump'

    Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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    Bob Inglis is a lawyer and former US Congressman who is now a leading figure in the ‘Eco Right’ movement. He is touring Australia in February as a guest of The Australia Institute.

    His address to the National Press Club comes just weeks after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. He will offer important insights into what is actually at stake in climate politics under the new US administration, which will have major implications for Australia and the world.

    Inglis was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. He represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, from 1993-1998. In 2004, he was re-elected to Congress and served until losing re-election in the South Carolina Republican primary of 2010.

    Inglis began his career in Congress as a critic of climate action and came to accept the science after visiting Antarctica and snorkelling on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with a scientist, Dr Scott Heron (who featured on ABC Catalyst).

    On his return to America, Inglis advocated for climate action and this ‘heresy’ cost him his seat in Congress. In 2015 he was awarded a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his political bravery.

    In 2012 Inglis launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University in and serves as executive director, where he promotes free enterprise action on climate change. The Initiative does grassroots work under the republicEN.org brand. This network of 2096 Americans educates “conservatives, libertarians, and pragmatists” about free-enterprise solutions to climate change.

    He says that conservative should adopt the best, free-market solution, which is an economy-wide carbon tax with border adjustments that protect the economy from low-cost, high-carbon imports. He will explain how this ‘no regrets’ position could work in Australia.

    Inglis was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in 2011, a Visiting Energy Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012, and a Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in 2014.

    Inglis grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, went to Duke University for college, met and married his college sweetheart, graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and practiced commercial real estate law in Greenville, S.C., before and between his years in Congress.

    Bob and Mary Anne Inglis have five adult children and live on a small farm in northern Greenville County, South Carolina.

  • Professor Barney Glover


    Vice-Chancellor and President, Western Sydney University

    'Address to the National Press Club'

    Wednesday, 1 March 2017

    Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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    Professor Barney Glover is the fourth Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University. A distinguished academic leader, an accomplished mathematician and mathematics educator and an experienced Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glover assumed his position at Western Sydney University in January 2014. Professor Glover is leading Western Sydney University as the institution strives to become a distinctively student-centred university with a research-led culture and an expanding international reach and reputation, while enhancing its crucial role as a leading advocate for the Greater Western Sydney region and its people.

    In May 2015, Professor Glover was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by Charles Darwin University (CDU), in recognition of his outstanding leadership during his tenure as Vice-Chancellor of CDU. Professor Glover is Chair of Universities Australia, the Australian Government representative on the University of the South Pacific Grants Committee, and President of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Trust. He is also a Board Member of Education Services Australia, the Australian American Fulbright Commission, and The Committee for Sydney, and, Member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council and the NSW Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Professor Glover’s esteemed career also includes significant expertise and experience at the most senior levels of university management and substantial business leadership credentials. He has also served on the boards of a range of corporate organisations and several state and national centres covering areas such as health and medical research, energy, mineral exploration, and telecommunications.

    Before relocating to the Northern Territory in 2009 to take up appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of CDU, Professor Glover held a number of senior roles in various universities including:  Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research at the University of Newcastle; Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development at Perth’s Curtin University of Technology, and a number of senior positions at the University of Ballarat in Victoria. Building research infrastructure, strategic partnerships and fostering a culture of research excellence alongside the successful commercialisation of University Intellectual Property have been hallmarks of Professor Glover’s long tenure in senior executive roles within the Australian higher education sector.

    Professor Glover is a leader in the development of flexible, technology-based learning and in furthering Indigenous knowledge and education, and also has considerable experience in developing strong and mutually beneficial relationships with the vocational education sector. He has a strong research publication record and has co-authored four texts in mathematics education. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to widening participation and exploring innovative approaches to higher education access. Professor Glover holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and has worked on both the east and west coasts of Australia.

  • Black Opal Stakes Luncheon

    Peter Moody

    Special guest at the luncheon will be former leading trainer Peter Moody

    Friday, 3 March 2017

    Arrive at 12.00pm, lunch 12:30pm

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    The Carbine Club of the ACT in conjunction with the National Press Club will be holding a Black Opal Stakes Luncheon on Friday 3 March at the National Press Club.

    The Luncheon commences at 12.00pm for 12.30pm at a cost of $130 per head.  This cost covers canapés, a 2 course meal and all beverages.

    Special guest at the luncheon will be former leading trainer Peter Moody.

    From the western Queensland town of Wyandra to Royal Ascot and all racecourses in between, Peter Moody has left his mark as a horse trainer. Moody honed his skills with the bush trainers of his native Queensland before shifting to Sydney where he worked for Hall of Fame trainer Tommy Smith. He then set up stables in Queensland but on the back of his success with Amalfi in the 2001 VRC Derby set plans to relocate his operation to Victoria. By the 2009/10 season Moody had risen to the top of the Victorian training ranks by taking out the Metropolitan Premiership, ending a 32-year sequence by the Hayes and Freedman stables. He would be leading trainer for the following two seasons. Moody has trained more than 40 Group 1 winners throughout his career, however, Black Caviar, a winner of all her 25 starts including 15 at Group 1 level, will always be the horse associated with Moody’s career as a trainer.

    Bookings for this function are essential.

  • Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya


    Educator and Activist

    'International Women's Day Address to Women in Media and the National Press Club'

    Wednesday, 8 March 2017

    Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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    Kakenya Ntaiya comes from the Maasai Tribe in Western Kenya. In May of 2004, she has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies and Political Science at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is the first girl in her village to ever go to college. Although her education has brought her to the United States, she is planning to go back home and help women and children attain their goals. Kakenya will be continuing her professional studies through graduate work in International Relations and later in life she is planning to go into International Law.

    Ms. Ntaiya’s life experiences at an early age were common for girls in rural Kenya; however Kakenya is no ordinary young woman – she decided to write her own destiny: Kakenya is the first of eight children in her family, and as the oldest child she had to help her mother raise the other siblings. At the age of 5, Kakenya was engaged and was supposed to get married when she turned 14. Although this is the normal life of a Maasai girl, Kakenya refused to get married and stayed determined to get an education.

    She often was the only person to help her mother give birth in their hut. She was expected to undergo ritual circumcision at puberty, leave school and marry the man her parents had chosen.

    Kakenya had other ideas. She told her father she would undergo the circumcision only if she could stay in school. Her father agreed, and at 13 she joined the estimated 2 million women who have suffered female genital cutting worldwide.

    Undeterred, Kakenya finished high school with top marks and decided she wanted to attend college – in the United States. No girl in her village had ever done that. So she negotiated again, this time with the village elders. If they let her go, she promised, she would come back and help build a school and a maternity hospital.

    It worked. The village women united to raise the money to send Kakenya to the United States. They knew pregnancy in Kenya often means death: one in every 19 women will die there of complications in pregnancy and childbirth, one of the world’s highest rates.

    Kakenya graduated from Randolph-Macon Women’s College in 2004, and her mother came from Kenya to attend the ceremony. Kakenya went on to a PhD program in education at the University of Pittsburgh, determined to become a leader in helping others get an education in Kenya. She has now raised more than US$75,000 toward the school she promised to build in her village. Kakenya’s success has inspired millions of people. She has been the subject of a Washington Post series, a BBC documentary and many magazine articles. She married in 2006 and is expecting her first child in September 2007.

    “Now all the village women want their daughters to stay in school,” she tells audiences throughout the world.


  • Senator Richard Di Natale

    Richard Di Natale

    Leader of the Australian Greens

    'Address to the National Press Club'

    Wednesday, 15 March 2017

    Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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    Dr Richard Di Natale is the leader of the Australian Greens. He was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and re-elected in 2016. He was the first Greens’ first Victorian Senator. His portfolios include health, multiculturalism and sport.

    Prior to entering parliament, Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector. His key health priorities include preventative health, public dental care and responding to the health impacts of climate change.

    Richard’s achievements in parliament so far include securing almost $5 billion towards Medicare-funded dentistry, winning a campaign to divest $250 million worth of tobacco stocks from the Future Fund, and spearheading campaigns into many issues of public significance such as dying with dignity, medicinal cannabis, and drug law reform. He is the co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends for Drug Policy and Law Reform, the Parliamentary Friends of West Papua and the Parliamentary Friends of Medicine.

    Richard became leader of the Australian Greens in May 2015 following the retirement of Senator Christine Milne.

  • Innes Willox

    Innes Willox

    Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group

    'Fear or Favour – The prospects for Australian business in the world of Donald Trump'

    Wednesday, 5 April 2017

    Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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    Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a peak business association which represents companies from a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire.

    Innes was Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008 and Chief of Staff to Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006.

    Earlier, Innes held a number of private sector and government positions including Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04).

    He began his working career as a journalist.  His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery.

    Innes was educated at Melbourne High School; Monash University (BA History and Politics); and Edinburgh Business School. He is based in Melbourne and is a lifetime supporter of the Collingwood Football Club.

    His current appointments include:

    • Director of Australian Super
    • Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre
    • Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration
    • Chair of the Migration Council of Australia
    • Board Member of Australian American Leadership Dialogue
    • Member of RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board

To propose a speaker please contact npc@npc.org.au with a brief bio and photo of the speaker, speech title and brief outline of the speech, along with a proposed date. Your speaker proposal will be presented to the board at the next board meeting for their decision. Please allow up to 8 weeks for notification.