Since our inception in 1993, some 3000 leaders from business, government and the community have participated in our courses.

Click the links below for a complete list of alumni from each of our programmes.



The Cranlana Programme hosts a range of activities around the country each year, which allow our alumni to stay engaged with the ideas and conversations begun during their courses.


The annual Alumni Speaker Series presents lectures from eminent thinkers from diverse backgrounds exploring their perspectives on the good society and contemporary issues. The intimate events are limited to 100 guests and hosted in Cranlana’s ballroom. Each talk includes an extensive Q&A, allowing alumni the opportunity to engage with the speakers and their ideas. The speeches are recorded and broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas programme. The list below includes links to audio for each event.


The Cranlana Advanced Symposia are two-day intensive courses designed to follow on from the Colloquium, introducing new texts and ideas from classical and contemporary thinkers. They are an opportunity for alumni to re-engage with the concepts raised throughout the programme and revisit the experience of shared inquiry. There are currently three offerings in the series, each grappling with different forces that shape contemporary life and the challenges of moral engagement: Power & Society, Democracy & Society and Violence & Society.

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The complexity of the ideas raised by certain texts in the Colloquium is such that they warrant further exploration. In these masterclasses, alumni revisit and re-engage with the concepts and theories presented in these challenging readings, under the deft guidance of our moderators. Held across the year in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Perth, the masterclasses offer an opportunity to delve deeper into the foundational ideas around the good society.


The Cranlana Conversations are regular alumni discussions groups. These events are fantastic opportunities for members to continue the conversations around the good society and connect with other alumni. Each conversation centres on a short reading, following the distinctive facilitated discussion format employed across Cranlana's programmes.


Alumni lecture speakers have included:

Mr Kim Williams, Chair of the Copyright Agency
2016 Alumni Speaker Series: The 'impossible' challenge of leadership in the digital diaspora?

Dr Khalid Koser, Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
2016 Alumni Speaker Series: Our response to mass migration requires new thinking

Mr Steven Hynes, Director of the Legal Action Group
2016 Justice & Society Oration: Saving Legal Aid

Mr David Marr, Journalist and author
2015 Alumni Speaker Series: The Australia our politicians let us have -- the strange case of a monarchy with uncertain rights at the far end of the world

Mr Geoffrey Watson SC, Barrister
2015 Alumni Speaker Series: The invisible worm -- how corruption invades and destroys a community

Ms Fiona McCormack, Chief Executive Officer, Domestic Violence Victoria
2015 Alumni Speaker Series: Failing the ‘good society’ test -- domestic violence in Australia

Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner
2015 Alumni Speaker Series: We need to talk about race

The Right Honorable Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL, Former Prime Minister of Australia
2014 Alumni Speaker Series: Would we follow America into a fourth war?

Mr Steven Skala AO, Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, of Deutsche Bank AG
2014 Alumni Speaker Series: The Best Ideas I Never Had

Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist of Australia
2014 Alumni Speaker Series: The Importance of Science to Australia’s Future

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, Vice President of Business in the Community, UK
2014 Alumni Speaker Series: What do business leaders need to do to retain/rebuild the trust of society?

Dr Fiona Jenkins, Philosopher, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University
2013 Alumni Speaker Series: Meritocracy’s un-meritorious outcomes

Ms Colleen Pearce, Victoria’s Public Advocate
2013 Alumni Speaker Series: The Double Disadvantage – A Nightmare in our Prisons

General David Hurley, Head of the Australia Defence Forces
2013 Alumni Speaker Series: The profession of arms in the 21st century

Mr Scott Borg, Director and Chief Economist, U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit
2013 Alumni Speaker Series: New Worlds of Warfare and Business

Professor Dan Russell, Percy Seymour Reader in Ancient History and Philosophy, Ormond College, The University of Melbourne
Alumni Speaker Series 2012: Meaning Well and Doing Well

Professor Martin Krygier, Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory, The University of New South Wales
Alumni Speaker Series 2012: How to think about what we've done?

Professor Geoffrey London, Victorian Government Architect
Alumni Speaker Series 2012: Housing Equity

Dr Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne
Alumni Speaker Series 2012: How will a future Australian generation judge ours?

Professor Larissa Behrendt, Professor of Law and Director of Research, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology Sydney
Alumni Speaker Series 2012: Financial crisis = arts crisis

Ms Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of Australia
Alumni Speaker Series 2012: Growth to what end? Changing the Australian mindset

Professor Michael Dodson AM, Australian of the Year 2009
2011 Alumni Speaker Series: Australia - The Good Society?

Mr Simon McKeon, Australian of the Year 2011
2011 Alumni Speaker Series: Australia - The Good Society?

Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Australian of the Year 2010
2011 Alumni Speaker Series: Australia - The Good Society?

Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE, Australian of the Year 2000
2011 Alumni Speaker Series: Australia - The Good Society?

Professor Ian Frazer AC, Australian of the Year 2006
2011 Alumni Speaker Series: Australia - The Good Society?

Professor Fiona Wood AM, Australian of the Year 2005
2011 Alumni Speaker Series: Australia - The Good Society?

Hon Michael Kirby AC, CMG
Life after the High Court of Australia

Mr Petro Georgiou MP, Member for Kooyong
Principles and Refugees

Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
Ready to Lead? Rethinking America’s Role in a Changed World

Dr Rufus Black
Educating the Millennial Generation for the Challenges of the 21st Century

Dr Jim Peacock AC
Climate Change: What we should do and what we can do

Mr Greg Bourne, CEO, WWF Australia
Climate Change - Pathway to the Future

Ambassador Pete Peterson
From Handcuffs to Handshakes

Professor Alan Dupont, Director, Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney
Heating up the Planet: Climate Change and Security

Mr Waleed Aly, Executive Committee Member, Islamic Council of Victoria
Classical Islam - A Problem or an Ally in Seeking a New World Order

Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH
Who Matters? How Many?

Mr Owen Harries, Senior Fellow, The Centre For Independent Studies
Living with a Super Power: the future of the American Alliance

Hon Dr Brendan Nelson MP, Minister For Education, Science & Training
The Role of Australia's Universities in National Development and Civil Society

Professor Amin Saikal AO, Director, Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies - The Middle East & Central Asia, Austalian National University
Islam, The West & The War on Terrorism

Professor Raimond Gaita, Professor of Moral Philosophy, King's College University of London & Professor of Philosophy, Australian Catholic University
Seeing the Humanity in People Who are Degraded

Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG, Justice, High Court of Australia
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally - the Growing Impact of the World on Australian Law

Mr Hugh White, Director, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
A Contingent Asset: Australia's American Alliance and the Rise of China

Mr Patrick Dodson, 'Father' of Reconciliation in Australia
Beyond Bridges and Sorry

Professor Ross Garnaut AO, Professor of Economics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University
America, China and India: Australian and South-East Asian Places Amongst Tomorrow's Giants

Mr Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian
New Challenges for Australia's Role in the World

Mr Yasser Soliman, President, The Islamic Council of Victoria together with Dr Greg Barton, Senior Lecturer, School of Social and International Studies, Deakin University
Islam in Australia and the Region

Professor Peter Dawkins, Director, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne
Hard Heads, Soft Hearts - a New Reform Agenda for Australia

Professor Robert O'Neill AO, Chairman, Council of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Australia's Strategic Role in the World

Professor Robert Manne, School of Politics, La Trobe University
Justice and the Good Society: Thoughts on Australia's Past, Present and Future

Mr Paul Barratt AO, Principal, CEO Collegiate Pty Ltd,
Responding to Terrorism

His Excellency J Thomas Schieffer, Ambassador United States of America
Challenges to September 11

Hon Gareth Evans QC, AO, President, International Crisis Group
Challenges to September 11

Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC
Boyer Lecturer, 2001

Professor Robert Manne, Associate Professor, School of Politics, La Trobe University
The Road to Nauru

Professor Cheryl Saunders, Director, Institute for Comparative and International Law and Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, The University of Melbourne
The Constitution, Diversity and Globalisation

Mr Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian
Australia and Globalisation in the 21st Century

Mr Patrick Dodson, Indigenous Leader
Pathways to Reconciliation

Professor Stuart MacIntyre, Dean, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne
The Place of Humanities in Australian Education

Dr Tim Flannery, Director, South Australian Museum
Australia, The Environment and Culture

Mr Alan Oxley, Chairman, National APEC Study Centre
Australia's Third Golden Age - Globalised, Greener and Wired

The Hon Fred Chaney AO, Member, National Native Title Tribunal and Chancellor, Murdoch University
The Search For Values and Standards

Rev Tim Costello, Director, Urban Mission Unit, Collins Street Baptist Church
Justice and Society

Professor David Penington AC, Professor Emeritus, The University of Melbourne and Director, The Cranlana Programme Advisory Board
Australia Agonising over Policy for Illicit Drugs

Dr Simon Longstaff, Executive Director, The St James Ethics Centre
Living on the Edge: Reflections on an Uncertain Nation

Mr Carrillo Gantner, Former Councillor, Melbourne City Council
Clown Hall Revisited

Professor Martin Krygier, Boyer Lecturer, 1997 and Professor of Law, The University of New South Wales
A Good Society

Professor Spencer Zifcak, Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies, La Trobe University
The Anxious Republic: Reflections on the Constitutional Convention and Constitutional Making

Mr Alistair Maitland, International Adviser, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group
The Economy and Culture: Australia's Relationship with Asia

Mr Paul Chadwick, Journalist and Founder, Communications Law Centre
The Media and Accountability

Dr Timothy Potts, Director, The National Gallery of Victoria together with Mrs Catherine Walter, Company Director and The Hon Warwick Smith MP, Federal Member for Bass