ABOUT THE ANNUAL AUSTRALIAN LEADERSHIP LECTURE
There are few moments when we have the time to contemplate the larger issues in life, such as the future of our nation and our world, and how we can shape it.
The PMSA Annual Australian Leadership Lecture is designed in this spirit to promote thought and debate among our emerging leaders on important social issues, particularly around Australia’s national identity, gender equality and the environmental impact we are making on our earth.
Primarily held for our emerging leaders – the more than 500 Year 12 students attending our PMSA schools – as well as their parents and education mentors, this lecture is a part of the Year 12 journey at a PMSA school. The lecture is a new initiative as a part of the PMSA’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023 to foster academic excellence and drive innovation through thought and debate.
It gives our next generation of leaders the opportunity to come together and listen to the view of an Australian whose life experience is remarkable and whose opinions and concerns about the future of our nation and our world are truly worth considering.
2021 Lecture - Key-note speaker Noel Pearson
4.30 pm, Tuesday 20 April 2021
College Hall, Brisbane Boys' College
The inaugural 2021 PMSA Annual Australian Leadership Lecture was presented by Australian indigenous leader Noel Pearson. Mr Pearson comes from the Guugu Yimidhirr community of Hope Vale on south eastern Cape York Peninsula. Mr Pearson is a lawyer, Founder and Director of Strategy of the Cape York Partnership and Founder and Co-Chair of Good to Great Schools Australia . Mr Pearson also co-founded the Cape York Land Council, and helped to establish Apunipima Health Council, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation and Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships. Mr Pearson served as a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians and the Referendum Council.
Mr Pearson's lecture provoked a broader conversation around Australia’s national identity, both now and in the future. Mr Pearson spoke to the students as if they were 20 years older in their late thirties with children of their own. He described what the 2021 Year 12 students had achieved in the first 20 years since they have finished their secondary school journey.
He described an Australia that has finally emerged with a clear identity – an identity based on an honest description blending ancient Indigenous Australia, Anglo-Saxon Australia and Multi-Cultural Australia.
Listen to his provocative lecture below.