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.

Invited guests including Wyndham business leaders, heads of institutions and government representatives gathered for this year’s Oration on November 21st at The Refectory, Werribee Park Mansion.

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.

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