2018 Program

Month Topic Speakers
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