Leadership Lunches

The CIS runs an ongoing series of invitation-only, in-house Leadership Lunches throughout the year, designed to address pressing business, leadership and government issues for a senior, influential audience. The lunches offer an opportunity for networking with peers across different industries, and direct access to politicians and government officials, respected journalists, scholars and business leaders. Leadership Lunch speeches are recorded for later broadcast on the CIS YouTube channel.

CIS membership at the Individual Sustaining Member or Corporate Member levels offer access to Leadership Lunches as a key benefit – for more information please see our Membership page or contact CIS Membership Manager Bronwyn Nolan.

Dr Philip Lowe

Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
Recent developments in the Global Economies and their effect on the Australian Economy

Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Hon. Angus Taylor MP

Federal Member for Hume, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation
Australia’s digital transformation priorities

Monday, 9 October 2017

Mr Michael Pezzullo

Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
How Australia can benefit from globalisation while preserving our sovereignty
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Thursday, 31 August, 2017

The Hon. Christian Porter MP

Federal Minister for Pearce, Minister for Social Services
The challenges in implementing welfare reforms

Friday, 18 August, 2017

The Hon. Alexander Downer AM

Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Reflections from our High Commissioner on Brexit
View lecture

Wednesday, 26 July, 2017

The Hon. Alan Tudge MP

Federal Member for Aston, Minister for Human Services
Beyond Income Support: The enduring problems of poverty in Australia
View lecture

Thursday, 20 July, 2017

The Hon. Tony Abbott MP

Federal Member for Warringah
Submarines: Why settle for second best?
View lecture

Thursday, 29 June, 2017

Professor Gary Banks AO

Former Productivity Commissioner and CIS Senior Fellow
Of lists undone: too hard or not trying?
View lecture

Thursday, 2 March, 2017

Gary Banks

The Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer MP

Federal Member for Higgins, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services
Reward for Effort: Encouraging enterprise through tax reform
View lecture

Friday, 10 February, 2017

Kelly O'Dwyer

The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP

NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property
Think globally, reform locally: Why state governments need to disrupt their back office.
View lecture

Tuesday, 25 October, 2016

Dominic Perrottet and Greg Lindsay

Rod Sims

Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Getting Privatisation Right
View lecture

Thursday 6 October, 2016


Dr Ken Henry

Chair of National Australia Bank (NAB)
What Now For Economic reform?

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Alan Joyce

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Qantas
Navigating beyond volatility: future directions for Australian and global aviation.
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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Alan Joyce

Ian Narev

Managing Director and CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Closing the opportunity gap: technology and innovation in business and the economy.
View lecture

Thursday, 2 June, 2016


Hon. Paul Fletcher MP

Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government
Is ‘shovel-ready’ the right test? Sensible objectives for Commonwealth infrastructure policy.
View lecture

Tuesday, 5 April, 2016

Paul Fletcher

Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP

NSW Treasurer, and Minister for Industrial Relations
NSW: The Path to Success.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Gladys Berejiklian