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Australia Day Address

The Address, first delivered in 1997, is a celebration of thought, diversity of opinion and freedom of speech.

Traditionally, distinguished Australians are invited to present their unique reflections on our national identity and share their vision for the future of all Australians.

Each Australia Day Address has been as individual as the person delivering it, presenting inspiring and thought-provoking messages from some of our nation’s leading visionaries.

Previous Australia Day Address speakers include human rights lawyer Deng Adut; Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO; media icon Ita Buttrose AO OBE; novelist Thomas Keneally AO; quantum physicist Professor Michelle Simmons AO; internationally renowned mathematics teacher Eddie Woo; and founder of the #buyfromthebush initiative Grace Brennan.

Speakers

Australia Day Address 2021 by Shane Fitzsimmons

Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM (former NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner, and leader of Resilience NSW) delivered the Australia Day Address at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Monday, !8 January 2021.

Australia Day Address 2020 by Grace Brennan

Grace Brennan, founder of the #buyfromthebush social media campaign, delivered the Australia Day Address at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Tuesday, 21 January 2020.

Australia Day Address 2019 by Hugh Mackay AO

Social researcher and bestselling author Hugh Mackay AO delivered the Australia Day Address on 23 January 2019.

Australia Day Address 2018 by Eddie Woo

Internationally renowned high school mathematics teacher and internet sensation Eddie Woo delivered the Australia Day Address at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Tuesday 23 January 2018.

Australia Day Address 2017 by Professor Michelle Y. Simmons

Professor Michelle Y. Simmons delivered the Australia Day Address at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Wednesday 24 January 2017. Watch the address or read the transcript below.

Australia Day Address 2016 by Deng Thiak Adut

Deng Thiak Adut delivered the Australia Day Address, titled 'Freedom From Fear', on 21 January 2016.

Australia Day Address 2015 by Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG

Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG delivered the Australia Day Address on 23 January 2016 at the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney.

Australia Day Address 2014 by Ita Buttrose AO OBE

Ita Butrose AO OBE delivered the Australia Day Address at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music on Tuesday 21 January 2014.

Australia Day Address 2013 by Kurt Fearnley OAM

Kurt Fearnley OAM delivered the Australia Day Address in 2013.

Australia Day Address 2012 by Associate Professor Charlie Teo AM

Associate Professor Charles Teo AM delivered the Australia Day Address in 2012.

Australia Day Address 2011 by Sir Michael Parkinson CBE

Sir Michael Parkinson CBE delivered the Australia Day address in 2011.

Australia Day Address 2010 by General Peter Cosgrove AC MC (Retd)

General Peter Cosgrove AC MC (Retd) delivered the Australia Day Address in 2010.