Annual Gala Dinner and John Bonython Lecture 2024
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Date & Time

Wednesday, 4 September - Wednesday, 4 September 2024
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm AEST


Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney, 11 Jamison Street, Sydney, 2000, NSW

Annual Gala Dinner and John Bonython Lecture 2024

Join us for an evening filled with thought-provoking conversation. Our Annual Gala Dinner and Lecture gathers CIS supporters, members and friends and provides the opportunity to further our commitment to the core principles for which we stand. We are honoured to present Nicholas Eberstadt as this year’s keynote speaker.

The John Bonython Lecture series began in 1984 to honour the founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees and has had a tremendous impact on fostering debate and injecting new ideas into the broader public-policy discourse.

The coming global depopulation. The world’s massive human population is leveling off. East Asia, for instance, faces stiff and strengthening demographic headwinds: its working-age cohort is in steep decline. By 2050, it will have more people over 80 than children under 15.

As a result, China, Japan and South Korea will find it harder to generate economic growth, accumulate investments and build wealth, to fund their safety nets and to mobilise their armed forces. The long-heralded China-led Asian Century may never truly arrive.

At the same time, Australia and the United States could benefit from the global depopulation.

Nicholas Eberstadt is a distinguished scholar and political economist known for his work on demographics, development, and international affairs. He holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he researches and writes on various topics including global health, poverty, foreign aid, and population changes.

He is particularly noted for his studies on the demographic challenges facing countries like North Korea and Russia. He has authored several books and articles, contributing to discussions on social and economic policies both in the United States and internationally.

His many books and monographs include “The End of North Korea” (AEI Press, 1999); “Russia’s Peacetime Demographic Crisis” (NBR, 2010) and “Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis” (Templeton Press, 2016). His latest book is “Men Without Work: Post-Pandemic Edition” (Templeton Press, 2022).

Tickets begin from $295 and are inclusive of GST, to save on the Eventbrite booking fee please contact CIS directly to pay by invoice or with credit card.  For more information and to secure your seats, contact us at: or on 02 9438 4377.

Pricing Table Seat
VIP Speaker’s Table N/A $695
VIP Director’s Table N/A $695
Platinum Table $4,950 $495
Gold Table $3,950 $395
Standard Table $2,950 $295