Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit 2019 - Day 1

Day 1: Wednesday 18 September







Sarah Davies
CEO, Philanthropy Australia

9.35am - 9:40am

Welcome to Country  

9.40am - 9.55am

Introduction / Opening Comments

Amanda Miller
Co-chair, Philanthropy Australia

9.55am - 10.55am

Panel – How can philanthropy support considered public policy development in a post-truth political world?

A potent combination of the 24-hour news cycle, a disillusioned and disengaged community of voters and the rise of alternative extreme voices pose compelling challenges to government. The consequences are that political decision-making has become more reactive, long-term planning is more difficult and good public policy is compromised. In this febrile environment, conflict is super-charged and measured discourse is a casualty. What are the consequences of this new disrupted political landscape for our democracy? What role should philanthropy play to reinforce and stabilise our democratic foundations in an era of unprecedented chaos?

Karen Middleton 
Chief Political Correspondent, The Saturday Paper 

Glenn Barnes 
Joint Chair, Citizens for Democratic Renewal 

Claire O'Neill MP
Shadow Minister for Innovation, Technology and the Future of Work

Tom Switzer 
Executive Director, Centre for Independent Studies 

Carol Schwartz AO
Chair, The Trawalla Foundation

10.55am - 11.20am

Keynote Address – Government

This keynote address will be the first opportunity for Australia’s philanthropic sector to engage collectively with the newly re-elected Morrison Government. It will be a chance to hear how the Government plans to  support Australia’s culture of giving, as well as get an insight into the Government’s agenda for not-for-profit sector and their approach to engagement and collaboration.


11.20am - 11.50am

Morning Tea

11.50am - 12:10pm

Keynote Address – Opposition

A keynote address from a senior representative from the Federal Opposition providing Australian philanthropy with the opportunity to understand the alternative Government’s approach to growing Australia’s culture of giving and their broader agenda for the not-for-profit sector.

Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP 
Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities 

12.10pm - 1.20pm

In Conversation – Our keynote speakers will interrogate the role of government and philanthropy in the twenty-first century.

Philanthropic sector leaders and influencers from the US and Canada, Karl Zinsmeister and Sevaun Palvetzian, will explore the role philanthropy can play as a positive force for change within contemporary western democracies. Under the guidance of an experienced moderator, our two experts will share insights on their experiences working within government and philanthropy in Canada and the United States. Exploring examples of what has and hasn’t worked, this session will dissect the limitations and potential of government and philanthropy before answering how the two sectors can provide mutual support to each other to improve community outcomes.

Cooper Investors and MaTri Foundation are proud supporters of PA. They are most pleased to enable the participation of Karl Zinsmeister at this year’s Summit.

Mark Kenny 
Senior Fellow, ANU Australian Studies Institute 

Karl Zinsmeister
Vice President, The Philanthropy Roundtable

Sevaun Palvetzian
CEO, CivicAction

1.20pm - 2.20pm

Lunch – Mural Hall

2.20pm - 3.10pm

Panel – Impactful Government and Philanthropy Collaboration: Is It Possible?

There are clear benefits to government and philanthropy working more closely together. But despite that, we don’t see a high level of strategic collaboration. What are the blockages to such collaboration, and how do we address them? This will be an honest, frank and practical discussion about what we can do to better unlock the potential of cross-sector partnerships, for the benefit of the community.

Ben Gales 
Executive Director, Economic Policy Division at NSW Treasury 

Susan Pascoe AM 
Inaugural ACNC Commissioner 

Stacey Thomas  
CEO, Fay Fuller Foundation 

3.10pm - 3.40pm

Afternoon Tea

3.40pm - 4.40pm

Panel – Lobbying and influence: just who does lobbying serve, the powerful or the public?

The well-resourced business and industry groups, aided by professional lobbyists, are regular influencers in the Canberra policy debate. Lobbying is central to the exercise of democracy, it enables a range of interests to put their case to government and shape policy that affect them.

This panel will explore the effect lobbying has on national policy development and provide insights in to the role and work of professional lobbyists. The discussion will feature a not-for-profit case study where traditional lobbying techniques were employed to deliver effective policy change.

Krystian Seibert 
Industry Fellow Swinburne University Centre for Social Impact, Policy Adviser Philanthropy Australia 

Patricia Hepworth
Director, Policy and Research, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Steve Michelson 
Founder and Director, Michelson Alexander 

Grahame Morris 
Chairman and Federal Director, Barton Deakin 

Danielle Wood 
Program Director, The Grattan Institute 

4.40pm - 5.30pm

Panel – Rising Stars in the Parliament

A discussion with some of the rising stars within our Parliament, from across the political spectrum. It will explore what brought them into politics, what they hope to achieve and what they think of philanthropy and its role in our democracy.

Professor Kristy Muir 

Senator Amanda Stoker
Chair of Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Dr Daniel Mulino MP
Member for Fraser VIC

5.30pm - 7.00pm

Delegate Drinks


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