The Barry Jones Oration aims to raise the profile and importance of learning and skills development, innovation, creativity, technology and critical thinking in Wyndham City.

Since its inception in 2012, this special event has grown to be one of the most significant on Wyndham City’s business calendar.

The event is named in the honour of the former Local Member and Minister for Science, Professor Hon. Barry Jones AC.

Now in its fifth year, Council was honoured that the keynote speaker for 2016 was one of Australia’s most revered business women, Ms Janet Holmes a Court AC.  With a designation as an Australian Living National Treasure, Janet will join Sir Gustav Nossal, Professor Suzanne Cory, Julian Burnside QC and Barry Jones himself on the coveted list of Orators. Janet’s address focused on asylum seekers, asking how Australia has come to the point it’s now at. “I was puzzled by how we came to this … but I think we’ve always been here, It’s time for change.”

This event is delivered by Wyndham City’s Economic Development Unit with the support of the event sponsors.  Council would like to acknowledge the support of the sponsors for their generosity and partnership in advancing business in Wyndham.

Previous year’s orators

  • 2012 - Hon. Dr Barry Jones AC, FAA, FAHA, FTSE, FASSA - A vision for Australia Sleepers Wake! Revisited
  • 2013 - Julian Burnside AO QC - Are we there yet?
  • 2014 - Professor Suzanne Cory AC, PhD, FAA, FRS - Australia at the crossroads. The importance of Education, Science and Innovation for our future.
  • 2015 - Emeritus Professor Sir Gustav Nossal AC, CBE, FRS, FAA, FTSE - Bugs, Superbugs and Global Health
  • 2016 - Janet Holmes a Court AC, FAHA, FAIB - How did I/we get here?  
  • 2017 - Hon Julia Gillard AC- 27th Prime Minister of Australia - Leading through change: Preparing for the unpredictable
  • 2018 - Laureate Professor Peter Doherty FRS, AC, FMedSci - Australian veterinary surgeon and researcher in the field of medicine

The Barry Jones Oration is ‘proudly supported by’ (Vic Uni and WYN Bay LLEN).

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