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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

Fri 25 Feb, 6pm
Kerry O’Brien in Converstion with Li Cunxin AO and Mary Li

In the first chapter of A Better Future For All for 2022, we welcome two incredible powerhouses in the Australian cultural landscape in conversation with our series host, renowned journalist Kerry O’Brien.

Li Cunxin AO, Chinese-Australian former ballet dancer turned stockbroker is currently the Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet and his wife, Mary Li, is Queensland Ballet’s ‘Ballet Mistress and Principal Répétiteur. While Li is also know for his best-selling book (and subsequent film) Mao’s Last Dancer, Mary’s book released in October of 2021, Mary’s Last Dance, is the powerful and uplifting sequel.

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Past Events – Watch Now

The state of storytelling: Kerry O’Brien in conversation with David Malouf, Melissa Lucashenko and Trent Dalton

Kerry O’Brien welcomes a panel of contemporary literary figures to the HOTA stage to discuss their work within the context of Australia’s evolving storytelling culture. Each writer has captured specifically Australian times and places in their fiction and nonfiction, which is sure to make this instalment of Griffith University’s collaboration with HOTA a standout in an already acclaimed series of conversations.

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Kerry O’Brien In Conversaation with Rachel Griffiths AM

Join Australian actress and director Rachel Griffiths AM in conversation with Kerry O’Brien in the next chapter of A Better Future For All. You may recognise Rachel from her many film and television and stage roles including Muriel’s Wedding, Hilary and Jackie, Six Feet Under, and Total Control.

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In Adversity’s Face
Kerry O’Brien in Conversation with Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

Delve into the good doctor’s extraordinary life and work, in what promises to be an evening of insightful, emotional, and candid conversation.

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Wesley Enoch & Rhoda Roberts

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

Presented as part of Bleach Festival 2021 and in partnership with Griffith University, we are proud to present the next chapter in our series, ‘A Better Future For All’, presented by Kerry O’Brien – a special conversation about the power of culture, with Rhoda Roberts AO and Wesley Enoch AM.

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Stan Grant

Fri 30 July

Kerry O’Brien In Conversation with Stan Grant

Due to the latest Government advice, A New World Order: Kerry O’Brien in conversation with Stan Grant will no longer take place at HOTA, and instead will livestreamed online, free of charge.

Click here to register for the livestream.

Stan Grant has built an illustrious career as a distinguished Australian and international broadcaster, author and commentator. Over more than 30 years Stan has reported or anchored for the ABC, SBS, NITV, Seven and Sky News in Australia, and for CNN and Al Jazeera in the Middle East, China and Hong Kong.

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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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Alan Cumming

Sun 4 July **CANCELLED**

Kerry O’Brien In Conversation with Alan Cumming

Due to the latest Government advice, this event has been cancelled. Refunds will be processed for all ticket holders shortly – no need to contact us. Refunds may take up to 20 days, so please bear with us.


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