|March 14||Rent-seeking, the ‘game of mates’, and the stuff-ups of economic reform||Ross Gittins, Fairfax columnist, educator|
|April 11||Newcastle/Hunter economic futures—
Challenges & opportunities
|Emeritus Professor Roy Green, Port of Newcastle Chairman & former Dean, UTS Business School|
|May 9||Women and Power—Issues & strategies||Rosemarie Milsom, Director, Newcastle Writers Festival
Emma White, Community & Public Sector Union
Fiona Black, AWE/Newcastle Women’s Alliance
Other speakers to be announced
|June 13||Urban planning in the Hunter—Where are we now, where do we need to go, and how will we get there?||See panel members here; submit an online question|
|July 11||What needs to be done in Australian education?
Lessons from the Hunter Valley
|Jo Gray, Principal, Hunter School of the Performing Arts.
Tracey Breese, Principal, Kurri Kurri High School.
Paul Tracey former Principal, Wallsend Campus, Callaghan College
Dr John Fischetti, Professor of Education, UoN
|August 8||Building affordable, comfortable, energy-efficient homes— Opportunities & challenges||Dr Stephen White, CSIRO’s Energy Efficiency Research Gavin Gilchrist, former MD Big Switch Projects|
|September 12||Preventive healthcare in the Hunter Valley||Professor Lisa Woods, Nutrition & Dietetics, University of Newcastle, and other speakers to be announced|
|October 10||After the Uluru Statement—
Where to now with Indigenous policy?
|Speakers to be announced|
|November 14||Reflections on the US mid-term Congressional elections||Professor Michael Ondaatje, Head, School of Arts, Australian Catholic University|