Conference Speakers

Hon Julie Bishop

The Honourable Julie Bishop served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until her resignation in 2018. She was the first female to hold the role as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, serving for 11 years.
As Foreign Minister, Ms Bishop was responsible for strengthening Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships with Ministerial responsibility for more than 5,000 departmental staff, 110 overseas missions as well as government agencies Australian Secret Intelligence Service and Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research.

In 2014, she led the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, and was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Under her leadership, the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper was developed, providing a comprehensive policy framework for the next decade; and the New Colombo Plan was established, enabling Australian undergraduates to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region. Within five years more than 40,000 students have participated in the Plan.
In a political career spanning over 20 years, Julie also served as Minister for Education, Science and Training, Minister for Women’s Issues and Minister for Ageing.
Prior to entering politics, Ms Bishop was Managing Partner of the law firm Clayton Utz in Perth.

In 2020 Julie was awarded a fisher Family Fellowship for the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs. In 2021 Julie was awarded the Kissinger Fellowship at the McCain Institute of International Leadership at Arizona State University.
Julie is the Chancellor of Australian National University, chair of Telethon Kid’s Institute, chair of The Prince’s Trust Australia, member of the international advisory boards of Afiniti and the Human Vaccines Project and is the Patron of Shooting Stars – an education programme for young aboriginal girls.
She has also established a boutique advisory firm, Julie Bishop and Partners.

The Hon Julie Bishop appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.

Hon Jason Clare MP

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and  Local Government; Housing and Homelessness

Jason is a member of the Australian Parliament where he represents the seat of Blaxland in Western Sydney.
He was a Minister in the Rudd and Gillard Labor Governments, where he served as Minister for Home Afairs, Minister for Justice, Minister for Defence Materiel and Cabinet Secretary.
Jason is currently the Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government.

He has also served as Shadow Minister for Communications, Shadow Minister for Trade and  Investment and Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.

Jason’s most important job though is being Louise’s husband and Jack’s dad.


Anthony De Ceglie         

Three-time Walkley Award winner and Editor-in-Chief of West Australian Newspapers

He first started his career as a cadet journalist in regional WA with the Collie Mail before becoming a journalist and sub editor at the Mandurah Mail.

Anthony previously worked as a reporter with The Sunday Times before becoming chief of staff and deputy editor of the newspaper and its website Perth Now.  

During a secondment to New York in 2011, Anthony helped to launch the iPad newspaper The Daily before moving to Sydney to work for The Daily Telegraph.


In January 2019 he was appointed senior editor of The West Australian, becoming editor in chief in December that same year.

In addition to responsibility for The West Australian, The Weekend West, The Sunday Times, and and the company’s 19 regional publications, Anthony has overseen the successful integration of the Community Newspaper Group and Regional Newspapers and the launch of digital subscriptions on the


Hon Pru Goward

The Honourable Pru Goward is a former Cabinet minister, Sex Discrimination Commissioner and was a pioneering television reporter with the ABC.

Pru has a long history of promoting women’s rights, driving reform and getting it done and has frequently challenged institutional bullying and harassment.

Her outstanding career as a senior government official and government minister saw reforms in Family Law and more recently child protection, social and affordable housing and urban planning.

With her drive, New South Wales overhauled the State Government’s approach to domestic violence and is the only Australian state or territory to witness a decline in assault rates.

Prior to this, Pru was Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner for six years, promoting the land mark introduction of paid maternity leave, now a national entitlement.   She also oversaw Australia’s first statistically valid sexual harassment survey which continues to be the benchmark for governments and business and reported on the state of work-life balance for men and women in Australia. Pru was also the commissioner responsible for age discrimination.  

As a senior current affairs reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for 19 years, Pru was ABC Television’s first female correspondent, the inaugural presenter of Radio National Breakfast and the recipient of a prestigious Walkley Award for her courageous television profile of organized crime figure George Freeman.

She has authored A Business of Her Own and has co-authored a biography of John Howard.
Hon Pru Goward appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau

Greg Hire

Founder, A Stich in Time

As the former Perth Wildcats Vice-Captain, Greg Hire undoubtedly made a huge impact on basketball, however it could be argued his greatest contribution to our State is the work he is doing off the court.

A championship player with both the Wanneroo (now Joondalup) Wolves in the State Basketball League, and the Perth Wildcats in the NBL, Hire was named 2018 Western Australian of the Year (Youth) for his effors as an advocate for youth mental health. Hire grew up around domestic violence, drugs, alcohol, depression and a lack of positive role models and is heavily involved in community and youth sporting activities and other initiatives that aim to combat mental illness and youth suicide.


Greg played for the Perth Wildcats from 2010 until 2019; accumulating 243 games, winning four NBL Championships as Vice-Captain and recently has represented Australia at the World Cup in 3 on 3 Basketball, winning a Gold Medal at 2020 Asia Cup.

As the founder of charity A Stitch in Time, his passion and effors are now transpiring off the court in the work he isdoing in the mental health space.

Paul Kelly

Editor-at-Large, The Australian

Paul Kelly is currently the Editor-at-Large at The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs.

Paul has covered Australian governments from Gough Whitlam to Scott Morrison and is a regular television commentator on Sky News. He is the author of nine books including The Hawke Ascendancy, The End of Certainty and The March of Patriots. His most recent book, Triumph and Demise covered the Rudd-Gillard era.

Paul has been a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Fellow at the Menzies Centre, King's College, London.




Glenn Mitchell

Glenn is a former leading ABC sports broadcaster. During his 20 years with ABC Sport in Perth he became a familiar voice around the country with his commentaries on international and domestic cricket and AFL football.

He also commentated at four Olympic Games (Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing), and three Commonwealth Games.

But all through this period, Glenn was a sufferer of mental illness and in early 2011 he descended into a highly depressive state that resulted in him inexplicably resigning his dream position at the ABC and making an attempt on his own life.  After overcoming his personal demons and reshaping his life, Glenn now aims to try and prevent others from enduring the torturous path he did by candidly speaking about his own journey.

Glenn Mitchell appears by arrangement with Cheri Gardiner & Associates

Grace Tame

After being raped and sexually abused by her maths teacher when she was just 15 years old, Grace Tame has spent the last 10 years turning her traumatic experience into being an advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse and a leader of positive change.

Recognising the injustice of Tasmania’s gag order that prevented survivors from self-identifying publicly, Grace offeed her story to the #LetHerSpeak campaign created by Nina Funnell, along with the stories of 16 other brave survivors. In 2019, she finally won the court order to speak out under her own name, making her the state’s fist female child sexual abuse survivor to do so.


Now, 26 and based in Hobart, Grace is dedicated to eradicating child sexual abuse in Australia, and supporting the survivors of child sexual abuse.

Her focus is around enabling survivors to tell their stories without shame, educating the public around the process and lasting effecs of grooming and working with policy and decision-makers to ensure we have a federal legal system that supports the survivors, not just perpetrators.

She is also a passionate yoga teacher, visual artist, and champion long-distance runner, having won the 2020 Ross Marathon in a female course record time of 2:59:31.

Grace is the 2021 Australian of the Year.

Liam Bartlett

60 Minutes reporter, award winning broadcaster and journalist

Having spent nearly 30 years working in Australian media, Liam is one of Perth’s highest profile journalists and public broadcasters.

With a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia, he has held a series of high profile positions across all three major platforms – television, radio and print.
His roles have included hosting the State-based 7.30 Report on ABC TV, news anchor at STW Channel Nine in Perth, reporting for the Nine Network’s Melbourne bureau of A Current Affair, columnist and feature writer for News Limited through the Sunday Times and the host of prime-time talkback shifts on Radio 6PR and 720 ABC Perth.

Liam Bartlett appears by arrangement with Cheri Gardiner & Associates

Convention Breakfast – Jelena Dokic

Jelena Dokic has had a storied and well-documented life and tennis career both on and off the tennis court. She started playing tennis when she was six years old and very quickly became the national champion in multiple age groups. However, the war erupted in former Yugoslavia and the family was forced to escape twice. Jelena and her family were refugees before settling in Australia when she was 11 years old.

In 1998, as a 15-year-old, Jelena won the US Open junior title and the French Open doubles title. She became number 1 junior in the world in 1998 and also made a Fed Cup debut the same year winning both her singles matches and becoming the youngest player ever to represent Australia in the Fed Cup.


In early 1999 still only 15 she won the Hopman Cup for Australia partnering Mark Philippoussis and also reached the 3rd round of the Australian Open at 15. Later that year at the age of 16, she caused one of the biggest upsets in tennis history beating world number 1 Martina Hingis as a qualifier. It still remains the only time a world number 1 has lost to a qualifier at Wimbledon. She went on to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon that year and it catapulted Jelena to prominence on the world stage.

In 2001 Jelena won her first WTA singles title in Rome. She went on to win 2 more titles that year and reach the top 10 in the world at the age of 18. At the age of 19 she reached world number 4.

After a string of injuries and a battle with depression, Jelena made a comeback to tennis in 2008 and had an incredible run at the 2009 Australian Open reaching the quarterfinals and also winning her first WTA title in nine years in Kuala Lumpur. Jelena's latter part of her career was riddled with injury and illness which forced her to retire early.

Jelena has penned the best-selling autobiography Unbreakable, a book which details her career and her life. In the book, she details the struggles of being a refugee, dealing with poverty, racism, bullying, and discrimination. She also talks about the physical and emotional abuse she suffered for over 20 years at the hands of her father which started when she was just six years old.

Jelena now pours her efforts into commentary and TV work for Channel 9, Fox Sports and Tennis Australia. She does work for multiple radio stations and she regularly writes columns.

Jelena Dokic appears by arrangement with ICMI

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