Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit 2019 - Day 1

Day 1: Wednesday 18 September - Parliament House





Sarah Davies
CEO, Philanthropy Australia


Welcome to Country Aunty Violet Sheridan
Traditional Custodian, Ngunnawal people


Introduction / Opening Comments

Ann Johnson
Co-chair, Philanthropy Australia


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 

Professor Mark Evans
Director, Democracy 2025, Museum of Australian Democracy 

Glenn Barnes 
Joint Chair, Citizens for Democratic Renewal 

Kerry O’Brien 
Chair, The Walkley Foundation

Clare O'Neil MP
Shadow Minister for Innovation, Technology and the Future of Work

Carol Schwartz AO
Chair, The Trawalla Foundation and Member of the Reserve Bank Board

Dave Sharma MP
Federal Member for Wentworth


Keynote Address – Government

This keynote address is the first opportunity for Australia’s philanthropic sector to engage collectively with the recently re-elected Morrison Government. We will hear how the Government plans to support Australia’s culture of giving, and also gain insight into the Government’s agenda and approach to collaborating and engaging with the not-for-profit sector.

Senator the Hon Zed Seselja

Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters


Morning Tea


Keynote Address – Opposition

A keynote address from a senior representative of 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 


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 USA. 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 MaiTri Foundation are proud supporters of Philanthropy Australia. They are most pleased to enable the participation of Karl Zinsmeister at this year’s Summit.

Mark Kenny 
Senior Fellow, Australian Studies Institute, Australian National University (ANU)

Karl Zinsmeister
Vice President, The Philanthropy Roundtable (USA)

Sevaun Palvetzian
CEO, CivicAction (Canada)


Lunch – Mural Hall


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 affects them.

Using a case study as an example, this panel will explore the impact lobbying has on national policy development and provide insights into the role and work of professional lobbyists. 

Tom Switzer
Executive Director, Centre for Independent Studies

Professor Darren Halpin
Professor of Political Science, Australian National University (ANU)

Patricia Hepworth
Director of Policy and Research, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)

Grahame Morris 
Chairman and Federal Director, Barton Deakin 

Danielle Wood 
Program Director, Grattan Institute 


Afternoon Tea


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.

Nicole Ireland
General Manager, Partnerships and Advocacy, QCoal Foundation

Case Study
Matthew Cox
Director, Logan Together

John Anderson
Advocacy Manager, ChangeFest

Ben Gales 
Executive Director, Economic Policy, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Susan Pascoe AM 
Inaugural ACNC Commissioner  

Seri Renkin
Managing Director, ten20 Foundation


Panel – Rising Stars in the Parliament

A discussion with some of Parliament's rising stars, from across the political spectrum. This panel 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 
CEO, Centre for Social Impact (CSI)

Dr Daniel Mulino MP
Federal Member for Fraser, Australian Labor Party

Senator Rex Patrick
Senator for South Australia, Centre Alliance

Senator Amanda Stoker
Senator for Queensland, Liberal Party of Australia

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Delegate Drinks

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