2018 - Setting the Future

Australia in the Year of Uncertainty.

We welcome you to join us for the first event of IPAA SA's 2018 Event Program, Future of The Profession, curated by our members for our members.

Sarah Ferguson is one of Australia’s most respected and experienced journalists. As writer and presenter of such documentaries as The Killing Season and Hitting Home, she has captivated audiences as a fearless and incisive reporter on Australia’s socio-political life. As host of Four Corners she has presented some of Australia’s best journalism in global and national current affairs.

She has won three Walkley Awards, including the Gold Walkley.

No one is better placed to provide a unique and compelling analysis of the evolving political and cultural climate in 2018. She will bring depth and intellectual rigour to her discussion. Her analysis is perfectly suited to public sector professionals who recognise the impact that global and national politics have on the day-to-day lives of people in the community, and on the future of their profession.


Sarah will be interviewed by award-winning journalist and political reporter for ABC News, Nick Harmsen. Nick has more than a decade's experience reporting for a host of ABC programs from Queensland, South Australia and Parliament House in Canberra. For the past five years he has focused on South Australia's political scene, covering elections, budgets and debates on ABC TV, online and during regular appearances on 891 ABC Adelaide's Spin Cycle.

You will also hear from the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment,
Erma Ranieri,
and Adelaide Managing Partner of PwC, Kim Cheater.

About Sarah Ferguson:

Sarah Ferguson is one of Australia's most respected journalists. Her 2015 documentary The Killing Season delved into the bitter rivalry and power struggle between former Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. It made for riveting viewing and was a damning portrait of two leaders, and a political party, at war. Her book, The Killing Season Uncut, written with researcher Patricia Drum, draws on fresh material and reveals how Ferguson and her team persuaded Rudd and Gillard to tell their stories. Ferguson has won three Walkleys including the Gold Walkley in 2011 for 'A Bloody Business', an expose on animal cruelty in the live beef trade. She is a reporter and presenter on ABC's Four Corners program and has also hosted The 7.30 Report.

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This event has been curated by IPAA's Strategic Advisory Committee as part of:

Events Details

Friday, 23rd February 2018

8:45am registration / networking
9:30 am - 11:30am

Ballroom C, The Hilton, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000

Morning Tea and Refreshments

Professional Member: $55
State Government Member: $75
Corporate Member: $75
Non Member: $115

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