Annual Public Lecture in Political Science and International Studies

Every year, the School brings world class speakers and renown political leaders to Brisbane to deliver the School's ‘Annual Lecture in Political Science and International Studies’. These flagship events provide important opportunities for our students to directly engage with eminent leaders and practitioners in ways that complement their studies.

2019 - Senator the Honourable Penny Wong - Rebuilding Australia's International Development Program for a Time of Disruption 

Senator Wong is the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. Senator Wong was born in Malaysia and moved to Adelaide with her family as an eight year old where she now lives with her partner and their two daughters.

Before entering politics Senator Wong worked for a union, as a ministerial adviser in the NSW Labor Government, and as a lawyer. Senator Wong was elected to the Senate in 2001 and took her seat in 2002. Following the election of the Labor Government in 2007 Senator Wong was appointed the Minister for Climate Change and Water and later served as Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

In 2013 Senator Wong was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate. After the change of Government she was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Senator Wong is the first woman to hold both these roles.

During the lecture Senator Wong announced that health, education, climate change, human rights and gender equality will be at the heart of a future Labor Government international aid budget.