A Better Future For All

Hosted by Kerry O’Brien

In partnership with Griffith University, HOTA presents a series of critical conversations focusing on unlocking knowledge from influential thinkers and leaders.

Helmed by master broadcaster and journalist Kerry O’Brien, the series will feature intimate conversations with key thought-leaders, and people with a focus on solutions and engagement. At the heart of these conversations is a commitment to understanding the intersection of ideas and actions affecting our daily lives.

These dialogues aim to provide a much-needed forum for robust and unfettered discussion about where we are, and how we are responding to one of this century’s greatest challenges.

Upcoming events

Alan Cumming

Sun 4 July

Kerry O’Brien In Conversation with Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming is returning to Australia with his stunning new mischievous cabaret Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age. Prior to the performance, we’re proud to announce an exclusive In Conversation between the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee, led by one of Australia’s best interviewers, Kerry O’Brien.

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Stan Grant

Fri 30 July

Kerry O’Brien In Conversation with Stan Grant

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Wesley Enoch & Rhoda Roberts

Mon 16 Aug

The Power of Culture
Kerry O’Brien In Conversation with Rhoda Roberts AO and Wesley Enoch AM

Presented as part of Bleach* Festival 2021.

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Past Events

Thu 27 May

A Safer Place: In conversation with Jess Hill and Kerry O’Brien

In 2019 Walkley Award-winning author, Jess Walkley published her first book, See What You Made Me Do, about the phenomenon of domestic abuse in Australia. It was awarded the 2020 Stella Prize, and has been shortlisted for several others. In 2021, SBS will broadcast a three-part series adaptation.

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Thu 29 Apr

Kerry O’Brien In Conversation with Professor John Rasko AO

Professor John Rasko is an internationally-acclaimed leader in gene and stem cell therapies. This event will be on sale to attend in person soon, and will also be available to live stream.

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In Conversation with Grace Tame, Australian of the Year 2021

Australian of the Year 2021, Grace is empowering survivors of sexual assault and working to reform the law and culture that fosters abuse. Now 26-years-old and based in Hobart, Grace has already made her mark and is an influential advocate.

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In Conversation with The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

Australia’s longest serving female Premier explores her motivation, influences, and style of leadership, and discusses the big policy challenges facing Queensland – economic, social, and environmental.

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After the Pandemic – Imagining The Future

Kerry O’Brien in conversation with Professor Nigel McMillan, Dr Rebecca Huntley and Mik Auckland discussing the human side of the pandemic and this collective experience might change society.

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In Conversation with Jeff Bleich

Former United States Ambassador to Australia Jeff Bleich discusses what was the impending US election, and the current division in the United States.

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In Conversation with Bruce Pascoe

Celebrated Indigenous author Bruce Pascoe and Kerry O’Brien explore the way Bruce’s critically acclaimed book Dark Emu challenges conventional thinking about the First Australians as hunter gatherers.

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In Conversation with Sally McManus

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus discusses important issues in employment, from the rise of the gig economy to the future of unions and the evolving face of work  as a result of COVID-19.

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In Conversation with Alan Joyce

In the very first event as part of the Better Future For All series, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce AC talks about the challenges facing the aviation and tourism industries in the face of COVID-19.

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