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General Sir Peter Cosgrove

Discussing You Shouldn’t Have Joined… with Kristina Olsson | 24 November 2020

General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd) is one of Australia's most significant public figures. As a soldier he saw action in Vietnam, winning the Military Cross, and rose to the very top of his profession, becoming Chief of the Defence Force. Soon after his retirement from the Army, he was invited to take charge of the huge relief and rebuilding operation in Queensland after the devastation of Cyclone Larry.

In 2014, Cosgrove became Australia's Governor-General. When he retired in July 2019, he was one of the most beloved and respected governors-general in Australia's history.

Benjamin and Tammy Law

Growing Up in Queensland with Benjamin and Tammy Law | 28 July 2020

In this lively online discussion between siblings, author Benjamin Law and photographer Tammy Law, they reflected on their experience of growing up in Queensland. From natural disasters to protest rallies, at times isolated and lonely, but always full of a sense of home and community.

In celebration of State Library’s exhibition Twenty: two decades of Queensland photography, Benjamin and Tammy also explored photographs from the exhibition, sharing their reflections and observations of Queensland over the last 20 years.

Julia Gillard

Women and Leadership with Julia Gillard | 22 July 2020

Julia Gillard, discussed Women and Leadership with ABC TV presenter Jessica van Vonderen, and laid out a road map of essential knowledge to take action against gender bias.

In their new book, Women and Leadership, Julia Gillard and co-author Nagozi Okonjo-Iweala drew on their broad experience on the world stage in politics, economics and global not-for-profits to share some strong ideas about the impact of gender on the treatment of leaders. Drawing from academic research, the authors interviewed women leaders including Jacinda Arden, Hillary Clinton, Elle Johnson Sirleaf, Theresa May and more, to examine their leadership journeys and individual lived experiences. In October 2012, Ms Gillard received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life.


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