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.
See below for a list of who has given the Australia Day address in previous years and links to read their address.
2017 The Hon Mr Ian Macfarlane, former Federal Resources and Energy Minister. Why I changed my mind about the date of when we should celebrate Australia Day. (PDF 197KB)
2015 Ms Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia. The state of business. (PDF 176KB)
2014 Mr Nyunggai Warren Mundine, Executive Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. What does reconciliation mean? (PDF 421KB)
2013 Dr Ian Watt AO, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The evolution of Australia Day (PDF 7,240KB)
2012 Professor the Hon. Gareth Evans AO QC, Chancellor, Australian National University Professional Fellow, University of Melbourne. Australia's distinctive presence in the world: and why winning a security council seat matters. (PDF 170KB)
2011 Hon. Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC Supreme Court of Victoria. Celebrating justice. (843KB)
2010 Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University. What it means to become a citizen. (PDF 32KB)
2009 Hon. Lindsay Tanner, Federal Minister for Finance and Deregulation. The outlook for Australia in the face of the global financial crisis. (PDF 78KB)
2008 Professor Geoffrey Blainey, AC, The history of Australia Day and what it means to Australians. Unfortunately a copy of the speech is unavailable.
2007 Professor Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Melbourne. Unlikely heroes to celebrate on Australia Day. (PDF 7,308KB)
2006 John Bell, founder and artistic director of The Bell Shakespeare Company. Defining the Australian identity and what it is to be Australian. (PDF 7,308KB)
2005 Li Cunxin, Artistic director of Queensland Ballet and known as Mao's Last Dancer since the release of his autobiography and movie of the same name. What Australia Day means to me, celebrate Australian achievements, Australian spirit and how we can help the less fortunate around the world. (PDF 23KB)
2004 Hon John Harber Phillips AC QC, Chief Justice of Victoria. The 150th anniversary of the Eureka stockade and the place it holds in Australia's history. (PDF 52KB)
2001 Sir Gustav Nossal, research biologist and Australian of the Year 2000. The Centenary of Federation year and a vision of the 21st Century as a Knowledge Century. (PDF 21KB)