28 Jun, 2024
Keynote Address
President’s Lecture … ’30 Shades of Grey & Grievance: Women, Politics and the Gender Card’
Virginia was invited by the President of the Senate, the Hon Sen Sue Lines to deliver the Inaugural President’s Lecture, at Parliament House. Her speech, titled ’30 Shades of Grey & Grievance: women, Politics and the Gender Card, was followed by a Q&A with Senator Lines. The full address is available to view on the Senate Lecture Series website… or click the Learn more tab (below). For details on Virginia’s chosen topic and the themes she discussed, click the PDF tab below. The full text of the speech will be published in due course, with links in the Media Articles and Essay tabs.
31 Mar, 2023
Facilitator, MC
Voice to Parliament: Information Night with Indigenous Leaders
With a nation defining Referendum to be held in Australia during 2023, Virginia joins key Indigenous Leaders, Prof Meghan Davis and Pat Anderson AO, both lead architects of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, to facilitate a public discussion about the Referendum and the Voice to Parliament. They are joined by ACT Ngunnawal Elder, Aunty Violet Sheridan and ACT Independent Senator, David Pocock, who is host of this event.
27 Mar, 2023
Guest Speaker
Handbook of Feminist Governance Launch
Virginia to Launch the Handbook of Feminist Governance: Edited by Marian Sawer, Lee Ann Banaszak; Jacqui True, Johanna Kantola, at an event hosted by the ANU Gender Institute, RSSS Auditorium, the Australian National University.
10 Mar, 2023
Keynote Speaker
International Women’s Day … Gender Equality Network: Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communication & the Arts
Virginia will give the International Women’s Day 2023 address to the Department of Infrastructure, Gender Equality Network. Canberra.
8 Mar, 2023
Keynote Speaker
Monash University International Women’s Day Address … Embracing Equity: Feminine Power – a global perspective
Virginia will deliver the Keynote International Women’s Day Address for staff and students at Melbourne’s Monash University.
7 Mar, 2023
Keynote Speaker
International Women’s Day … AusIMM: Celebrating Women in Mining
Virginia will deliver the keynote IWD address to the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), International Women’s Day Lunch event, Sydney.
2 Mar, 2023
Clayton Utz: In Conversation with Independent Senator, David Pocock
Clayton Utz Annual Government In-House Counsel Day. Canberra.
11 Feb, 2023
Guest Speaker
‘Welcome to Australia’ Book Launch
Virginia to launch the delightful book, ‘Welcome to Australia’ by Felicity Banks. An initiative to support new refugee arrivals and young migrants to the Australian community, this picture book for children is translated into six languages and will be launched by Virginia atPulp Café Bookshop, Gold Creek, Canberra, 4.30pm.
8 Dec, 2022
Panel Facilitator
Feared and Revered: Feminine Power through the Ages
To mark the launch of this historic exhibition, in partnership with the British Museum, Virginia will host a panel discussion with curators Dr Belinda Crerar; Dr Lissant Bolton; Dr Cheryl Crilly; and guests Dame Quentin Bryce; Kassidy Waters and Rabia Siddique. The discussion was recorded in front of a live audience at the NMA and broadcast on the ABC Radio National, ‘Big Ideas’ on 15 Feb 2023. You can listen to a podcast of the recording by clicking ‘Learn More’ in the link below.
6 Dec, 2022
Guest Speaker
In Conversation with Niki Savva
Virginia to give the vote of thanks at the conclusion of this ANU Meet the Author event in which Niki Savva is interviewed by colleague and fellow journalist, Kerry-Anne Walsh, on her latest book, ‘Bulldozed’.
30 Nov, 2022
Guest Speaker
Generation Women – Revolution!
Representing Team 50+ Virginia will join a team of 5 women spanning 6 generations in a rowdy and robust affair as they make the case for ‘Revolution’. Speakers include: Jun Kim, Michelle Chen, Clementine Ford, Tricia Malowney OAM and Moria Rayner.
30 Nov, 2022
Public Sector Women in Leadership Conference: In conversation with Mary Wooldridge, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)
Virginia to interview Mary on WGEA’s latest report card and discuss why female representation in the workplace matters.
28 Nov, 2022
Guest Speaker
Media Reporting of Violence Against Women in Australia
At the invitation of the Australian High Commission Islamabad, Virginia will deliver a live-online presentation for Pakistani journalists, on reporting violence against women in the Australian media context. This presentation is part of a series of workshops run by Pakistan’s CEJ, Centre for Excellence in Journalism, in partnership with the Australian High Commission in Pakistan.
27 Nov, 2022
Muse Writers Events: 2022 in Review
Virginia to join a panel of journalists and commentators to reflect on the year that has past; including ANU Prof Mark Kenny, ABC’s Bureau Chief, Michelle Ainsworth, and facilitated by the AFR’s Tom McIlroy.

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