Australia Day Address

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Australia Day Address


23 January 2019
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM


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January 26 is a time to celebrate and reflect on our national spirit, and the Australia Day Address serves to focus our attention on what that means to all of us.

Since 1997 the Australia Day Address has drawn on distinguished members from within the community to express their unique perspective on our nation’s identity and the diversity of our society. Each year the speaker is encouraged to share their experiences and reflect upon our history and our future, securing the Address as one of the most important Australia Day initiatives.

Eminent speakers from past years include Professor Michelle Simmons, Deng Thiak Adut, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Associate Professor Charlie Teo AM and Kurt Fearnley OAM.

2019 speaker: Hugh Mackay AO

Social researcher and bestselling author Hugh Mackay AO delivered the Australia Day Address on 23 January 2019. His books include The Good Life, The Art of Belonging and Australia Reimagined.

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Watch Hugh Mackay's Australia Day Address on the official Australia Day Facebook page.

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