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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 1997 by Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally delivered the Australia Day Address in Sydney on 26 January 1997.