The Great Australia Day Breakfast is a company tradition dating back more than 50 years. Since 1994, it has been held in Queen's Hall, Parliament House in Victoria and each year a public figure presents guests at the breakfast with the Australia Day Address.
The 2016 Australia Day Address was given by Mr Ian Harper, Economist. Click to read Mr Ian Harper's 2016 Australia Day Address.
The 2015 Australia Day Address was given by Ms Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia. Click to read Ms Jennifer Westacott's 2015 Australia Day Address.
The 2014 Australia Day Address was given by Mr Nyunggai Warren Mundine, Executive Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. Click to read Mr Nyunggai Warren Mundine's 2014 Australia Day Address.
The 2013 Australia Day Address was given by Dr Ian Watt AO, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Click to read Dr Ian Watt's 2013 Australia Day Address.
The 2012 Australia Day Address was given by Professor the Hon. Gareth Evans AO QC, Chancellor, Australian National University Professional Fellow, University of Melbourne. Click to read the Hon. Gareth Evans' 2012 Australia Day Address.
The 2011 Australia Day Address was given by the Hon. Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC Supreme Court of Victoria. Click to read the Hon. Chief Justice Marilyn Warren's 2011 Australia Day Address.
The 2010 Australia Day address was given by Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University. Click to read Margaret Gardner's 2010 Australia Day Address.
n 2009, the Hon. Lindsay Tanner, Federal Minister for Finance and Deregulation gave the Australia Day address and spoke about the outlook for Australia in the face of the global financial crisis. Click to read Lindsay Tanner’s 2009 Australian Day Address.
In 2008, renowned historian Professor Geoffrey Blainey, AC, gave a history of Australia Day and spoke about what he believed Australia Day means to Australians. Unfortunately a copy of the speech is unavailable.
In 2007, the address was given by Professor Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Melbourne. Professor Davis presented his views on unlikely heroes to celebrate on Australia Day. Click here to read Professor Glynn Davis' 2007 Australia Day address.
In 2006, the address was given by John Bell, founder and artistic director of The Bell Shakespeare Company. John presented his views on the ongoing challenge to define the Australian identity and what it is to be Australian. Click to read John Bell’s 2006 Australia Day Address.
In 2005, Li Cunxin gave the Australia Day address on what the day means to him—to celebrate Australian achievements, the Australian spirit, and to rejoice the fortunate life most Australians lead and the need to help the less fortunate people in the world. Click to read Li Cunxin's 2005 Australia Day address.
In 2004, on the 150th anniversary year of the Eureka stockade, The Hon John Harber Phillips AC gave his views of the stockade and the place it holds in Australia's history. Read John Harber Phillips' 2004 Australia Day address.
In 2001, the Centenary of Federation year, Sir Gustav Nossal spoke about the importance of Aboriginal reconciliation and went on to outline his vision of the 21st Century as a Knowledge Century. Read Sir Gustav Nossal's 2001 Australia Day address.