Please note, this event has reached maximum capacity and registrations are closed. 

The 2019 Annual Lecture in Political Science and International Studies will be presented by Senator the Honourable Penny Wong on Tuesday 12 March 2019.


Senator the Honourable Penny Wong - Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Labor Senator for South Australia 

Penny is the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

Penny was born in Malaysia and moved to Adelaide with her family as an eight year old where she now lives with her partner and their two daughters.

Before entering politics Penny worked for a union, as a ministerial adviser in the NSW Labor Government, and as a lawyer.

Penny was elected to the Senate in 2001 and took her seat in 2002.

Following the election of the Labor Government in 2007 Penny was appointed the Minister for Climate Change and Water and later served as Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

In 2013 Penny was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate. After the change of Government she was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Penny is the first woman to hold both these roles.

Program and timings

5.30pm: Arrival and registration

6–7pm: Public lecture with Senator the Honourable Penny Wong

7–8pm: Reception 


Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank. 

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State Library of Queensland
Cultural Centre, Stanley Place
South Bank
Auditorium 1 (Level 2)