The Sydney Institute conducts more than 50 lectures, seminars and panel discussions each year. The following lists contain the past speakers at The Sydney Institute (in order of surname) and the volume in which their speech was published in The Sydney Papers.

Milton Osborne

Name:  Milton Osborne Bio: Former diplomat & author specialising in South-East Phnom Penh: Yesterday and Today – 3rd June 2008 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.20 No.3 in 2008 (pages 25-34) Water Politics and the Mekong: China’s Dams and Indochina – 22nd August 2000 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.12 No.4 in […]

Richard Ackland

Editor/ publisher, Justinian, Sydney Morning Herald columnist

Louise Adler

CEO and Publisher-in-Chief of Melbourne University Publishing

Taner Akçam

Sociologist and Historian; Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies, Clark University, USA

Anthony Albanese

Name: The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP Bio: Shadow Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, Cities & Tourism National Leadership in Infrastructure and Transport Reform – 10th September 2008 This speech was printed in The Sydney Papers Vol. 20 No. 4 (pages 35-43)

Jordie Albiston

Poet & author, The Hanging of Jean Lee

Barbara Arrowsmith Young

Canadian educationalist and author The Woman Who Changed Her Brain [HarperCollins]

Joe Aston

Rear Window Columnist, Australian Financial Review

Vicken Babkenian

Co-author of Armenia, Australia and the Great War

Wendy Bacon

Professor Wendy Bacon is the Director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism and a well known Australian investigative journalist and non-practising lawyer.

Luca Bader

CEO of the Institute of European Democrats in Brussels

Mike Baird

Former Premier of NSW

Julia Baird

ABC Presenter, journalist and author, Victoria: The Queen – An Intimate Biography of a Woman Who Ruled an Empire

Bruce Ballantine-Jones

Former Member Of The Sydney Anglican Synod & Author Of Inside Sydney

John Barilaro

NSW Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional New South Wales, Minister for Skills, and Minister for Small Business; Leader of The Nationals

Geremie Barmé

Director, Australian Centre on China in the World; Editor, China Story Yearbook 2012: Red Rising, Red Eclipse

David Barnett

Journalist and author of John Howard Prime Minister (Penguin)

James Bartholomew

UK author and writer; Leader writer, The Daily Telegraph

Marie Bashir

Former Governor of New South Wales.

The Hon Michael Baume AO

Australian former Liberal Party politician

Warren Bebbington

Vice-Chancellor, University of Adelaide

Bruce Billson

Minister for Small Business

Katharine Birbalsingh

UK education reformer, blogger & author of the best selling “To Miss With Love”

Simon Birmingham

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment

Bronwyn Bishop

Former Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives

Catherine Bishop

Author of Minding Her Own Business – Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney

Geoffrey Blainey

Eminent Australian historian and author, most recently, of The Story of Australia’s People and The Rise and fall of Ancient Australia

Ann Blainey

Biographer and author of I am Melba

John Blaxland

Co-Author The Secret Cold War: The Official History of ASIO, 1975-1989 [Allen & Unwin, 2016]

Anna Bligh

37th Premier of Queensland from 2007 to 2012

Michele Bomford

Author, Beaten Down by Blood – The Battle of Mont St Quentin-Peronne 1918 [Big Sky Publishing]

Latika Bourke

National political reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age & author of From India with Love

Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg, FRSL, FBA, FRS, is an English broadcaster, author and parliamentarian.

George Brandis

Shadow Attorney General; Shadow Minister for the Arts; Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

Frank Brennan AO

CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia

Carl Bridge

King’s College London

Laurens Brinkhorst

Laurens Jan Brinkhorst was elected to the European Parliament in June 1994…

Alison Broinowski

Name:  Alison Broinowski Bio: The Yellow Lady: Australians and Asia- Volume 4 No.3 Winter Allied or Addicted? Two Views – 19th September 2007 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.19 No.4 in 2007 (pages 47-58) The UN: Can It Work? – 2nd November 2005 Bali as Blowback: Australia’s Reputation in Asian Countries – 17th June […]

Kerry Brown

Executive Director, China Studies Centre

Robert Bryce

Senior Fellow – Energy Policy and the Environment, Manhattan Institute; Author, Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong

Amanda Buckley

Name:  Amanda Buckley Bio: Chief Political Reporter for The Daily Telegraph Mirror Reporting Australian Politics: A Tabloid View from Canberra – 10th September 1991 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.3 No.3 in 1991 (pages 96-104)

Tony Burke

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Dimitri Burshtein

Financial Services Industry & former NSW Treasury

Mark Butler

Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy & Federal President, ALP

Alan Cadman

Name:  Alan Cadman Bio: Liberal Member for Mitchell Censorship – Lolita and Modern Society – 20th April 1999 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.11 No.2 in 1999 (pages 123-125)

Edmund Campion

Name: Rev. Edmund Campion Bio: Author and historian Clerical Celibacy – The Catholic Problem – 24th June 2003 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.15 No.2 in 2003 (pages 71-82) Irish and Catholic and Australian – 14th March 1995 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.7 No.2 in 1995 (pages 77-83)

Matt Canavan

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

Karen Carey

Music Director, MLC School, Sydney 

Arye Carmon

Arye Carmon is the Founding President and Senior Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute.

Jane Caro

Author, novelist, journalist, columnist, lecturer & media commentator

Bob Carr

Former Premier of NSW & federal Foreign Minister; author Run for Your Life [MUP, 2018]

Michaelia Cash

Minister for Employment, Minister for Women & Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service

Belinda Castles

Hannah & Emil [Allen & Unwin])

Nick Cater

Chief Opinion Editor, The Australian & author The Lucky Culture

Gabrielle Chan

Author, Rusted Off – Why Country Australia is fed up

Simon Chapman

Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

Chris Chappell

Host of New York’s China Uncensored

Peter Cohen

Director of the Centre for Drug Research at the University of

David Cole

Founder, The Balanu Foundation

Adrian Collette

Name:  Adrianne Collette Bio:  Why Human Rights Matter – 25th August 1999 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.11 No.4 in 1999 (pages 31-35) Why the Arts Matter – 15th September 1998 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.10 No. 4 in 1998 (pages 147-152)

Bob Connolly

Film maker & Co-Director, Mrs Carey’s Concert

Andrew Constance

NSW Minister for Transport

Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance and Acting Assistant Treasurer

Selwyn Cornish

Author of The Evolution of Central Banking in Australia

Peter Corris

Crime writer

Peter Cosgrove

General Sir Peter John Cosgrove, AK, MC is a retired senior Australian Army officer and the 26th and current Governor-General of Australia

Simon Crean

Minister for Trade

Adam Creighton

 Economics Correspondent, The Australian

Alison Crook

Name:  Alison Crook Bio: – Volume 7 No.3 Winter Travels with Bob Carr: Attracting Investment for New South Wales This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.7 No.3 in 1995 (pages 97-102)

Anne Cunningham

Historian; author, The Price of a Wife: The Priest and the Divorce Trial

Iain Dale

Publisher, broadcaster, founder of the conservative blog Iain Dale’s Dairy; author, Total Politics: The Guide to Political Blogging in the UK 2010-2011

Alexander Dallin

Name:  Alexander Dallin Bio: Author of “The Gorbachev Era” The Communist World in Crisis: Promise or Chaos? – 5th February 1991 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.3 No.1 in 1991 (pages 23-40)

Michael Danby

Member for Melbourne Ports & Parliamentary Secretary to the leader of the Opposition

Alistair Darling

Name:  Alistair Darling Bio:  Work and Employment Policy in the UK – 6th September 2001 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.13 No.4 in 2001 (pages 95-102)

Paul Davey

Bio: Author and Journalist; Former Federal Director, National Party of Australia

Megan Davis

Professor of Law and an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court

Sadanand Dhume

South-East Asia specialist, Resident Fellow at the AEI in Washington DC

Richard Di Natale

Leader of the Australian Greens

Mark Di Stefano

Political Editor at BuzzFeed

Paul Dibb

Strategist; Academic – Strategic & Defence Studies, ANU; former defence intelligence official; author, Inside the Wilderness of Mirrors: Australia and the Threat from the Soviet Union in the Cold War and Russia Today [MUP, 2018]

Lex Donaldson

Professor Lex Donaldson is head of the Organizational Theory Research Cluster and a member of the Leadership Team of the School of Management.

Heidi Douglas

Author, Catch Up with the Sun: How I rode through Australia with a short fat horse, two grumpy camels and one feral Kelpie

Alexander Downer

Name: His Excellency The Honourable Alexander Downer AC Bio: Foreign Minister in the Howard Government and currently Australia’s High Commissioner in London. Terrorism: Winning the Battle of Ideas – 1st November 2006 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.19 No.1 in 2007 (pages 98-107) The Spread of Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons – The Sum of […]

Stephanie Dowrick

Author & social activist

Mark Dreyfus

Attorney General; Special Minister for State

Michael Duffy

Name:  Michael Duffy Bio:  Author, former editor & publisher Sydney Noir – Prosperity and Crime, 1966 to 1972Michael Duffy is an Australian writer and former editor and publisher. He edited The Independent Monthly from 1993 to 1996. He presented ABC Radio National’s Counterpoint with the late Paul Comrie-Thomson and wrote for News Limited publications and then the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun [...]

Ian Dunlop

Bio: Fellow, Centre for Policy Development; formerly a senior oil, gas and coal industry executive

Alan Dupont

Name:  Alan Dupont Bio:  Allied or Addicted? Two Views – 19th September 2007 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.19 No.4 in 2007 (pages 47-58) Australian Defence: After the Defence Review – 8th July 2003 This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.15 No.2 in 2003 (pages 95-101)

Peter Dutton

Minister for Home Affairs