Bernard Salt to speak at NGA18

ALGA’s events team has finalised an exciting program for the 2018 National General Assembly of Local Government, revealing that commentator and columnist Bernard Salt will be a Keynote Speaker.

Mr Salt, a former partner at KPMG, has gained national prominence with his astute observations on demography, housing affordability, the evolution of consumer cultures, and Local Government.

With his unique ability to analyse data and turn that analysis into entertaining and informative commentary, Mr Salt’s address promises to be insightful and relevant for everybody working in Local Government.

Communications specialist Virginia Haussegger will also be a Keynote Speaker at NGA18. A highly experienced journalist and newspaper columnist, Ms Haussegger is now the Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis.

Her keynote address will canvass initiatives and strategies to increase gender diversity in Local Government – work with which she has been actively involved since leaving mainstream journalism in 2016.

There is strong likelihood of a federal election being called this year, and David Speers – who is Political Editor at Sky News and another NGA18 Keynote Speaker – will provide delegates with an up-to-date reading of the political manoeuvrings on Capitol Hill.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Federal Minister for Regional Development, Territories, and Local Government John McVeigh are among the federal politicians who have been invited at NGA18, along with the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Anthony Albanese, and Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government Stephen Jones.

To find out more about the programs, sponsors, and speakers – and to make early-bird registrations – go to the NGA18-specific website