speakers

We are thrilled to announce the speaker line-up for Progressive Action.

sally mcmanus

Sally McManus is the secretary of the ACTU and the first female to be elected to that position. Politicised at age 11 by the sacking of her high school history teacher, Sally has since campaigned and represented workers as a union…

Fiona patten

Fiona Patten is the founder and leader of the Reason Party, a political party committed to delivering real change for Victorians. Since being elected in 2014 Fiona has garnered respect from all sides of the political divide…

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Harriet shing

Harriet Shing is the Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health in the Andrews Labor Government. She is also the Labor Member for Eastern Victoria Region in the Victorian upper house…

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Ged kearney

Ged Kearney is the Member for Cooper (formerly Batman). She started her working life as a nurse and rose to become Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation…

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Ben veness

Ben Veness is a doctor, writer and mental health campaigner. He is also a former president of the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA), and is training in psychiatry…

Jay Weatherill

Jay Weatherill was the Premier of South Australia from 2011 to 2018, and delivered a progressive policy agenda that included increasing his State’s renewable energy generation capacity to the highest level in Australia…

nick kenT

Nick Kent is the President of Student for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), a national youth organisation dedicated to achieving drug reform. Nick is a passionate advocate for social justice through innovation in health and education…

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david caldicott

Dr David Caldicott led Australia’s first pill testing operation at the Groove in the Moo festival in Canberra in August 2018. He is an Emergency Consultant at the Emergency Department…

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Fadak Alfayadh

Fadak Alfayadh is an Iraqi community lawyer, advocate and refugee. She created Meet Fadak, a campaign for a welcoming, diverse and embracing Australia. In this capacity, she has travelled Australia telling her story…

Kelly Albion

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Kelly Albion is the Campaigns and Communications Director at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC). The AYCC is the largest youth movement in Australia…

Tarneen Onus-Williams

Tarneen Onus-Williams is a writer and has worked in Aboriginal community control most of her career until moving over to Oxfam Australia in 2017. She is the Senior Program Officer of Straight Talk, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander…

Jessie Taylor

Jessie Taylor is a lawyer working in the community sector, and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. She is the President of Liberty Victoria, and she currently sits on the Board of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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Jess walsh

Jess Walsh is a Labor Senate candidate for the upcoming federal election. She has spent her working life as a researcher, campaigner and union leader, and as Secretary of United Voice Victoria, was…

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DEMOS KROUSKOS

Demos Krouskos is Chief Executive Officer of North Richmond Community Health, the organisation tasked with overseeing the North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room…