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EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION with The Hon. Ambassador Joe Hockey (Ret.) and The Hon. Peter Beattie AC

With Q&A facilitated by Erin Molan, Sky News, 2DayFM, Daily Telegraph

Thursday, 18 August 2022

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm



Clayton Utz offices



Business Sydney Members & Guests

At this reception, The Hon. Ambassador Joe Hockey (Ret.), former Australian Ambassador to the United States, and the Hon. Peter Beattie AC, former Queensland Premier explored geopolitical tensions, their impact on Australia and the current domestic outlook for the market. There was also a riveting Q&A facilitated by Erin Molan, Australian broadcaster and journalist, Sky News, 2DayFM, Daily Telegraph.

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The Hon. Ambassador Joe Hockey (Ret.)

Former Australian Ambassador to the United States

Before co-founding Bondi Partners, the Honourable Joe Hockey served as Australia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, taking up his posting in Washington in January 2016. Notably, Mr. Hockey was responsible for Australia’s relationship with the US during the final year of President Obama’s tenure and the first three years of President Trump’s term. As Ambassador, Mr. Hockey emphasised the importance of a free and fair trade and investment partnership between the US and Australia, while promoting innovative infrastructure investment throughout the US.

At Bondi Partners, Mr. Hockey spearheads the firm’s strategic direction in both the United States and Australia.

Previously, as the elected Treasurer of Australia, Mr. Hockey was responsible for all aspects of the Australian economy. With a reputation as a reformer, Mr. Hockey helped shape the modern financial system in Australia and had a major hand in the formation of industry policy, from tourism and hospitality to health and welfare.

In 2014, Mr. Hockey chaired the highly successful G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings. He initiated major infrastructure initiatives ranging from the implementation of asset recycling financing to the creation of the G20 Infrastructure Hub.

Mr. Hockey has had a long and distinguished career in public service. He first entered Parliament in 1996 as the Member for North Sydney and spent more than seventeen years on the front bench. Over the course of his parliamentary career, Mr. Hockey served as a Minister in a number of different portfolios including Financial Services, Small Business and Tourism, Human Services and Employment and Workplace Relations. 

Previously, Mr. Hockey served as a banking and finance lawyer with a major Australian law firm. He graduated from the University of Sydney with Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law.

Mr. Hockey is married to Ms. Melissa Babbage, a company director and former investment banker. They have three young children Xavier, Adelaide and Ignatius.



The Hon. Peter Beattie AC

Former Queensland Premier

The Hon. Peter Beattie AC is a Senior Advisor at Bondi Partners. Mr Beattie has extensive experience in project development and investment both in Australia and the United States.

Mr Beattie served as the 36th Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade from 1998 to 2007 and Leader of the Australian Labor Party in that state from 1996 to 2007.

Following his retirement from politics, Mr Beattie and his wife Heather lived in the US from 2008-2015, including when he was appointed Queensland’s Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas from 2008-10, based in Los Angeles.

As Queensland Premier, Mr Beattie signed a Sister State Agreement between Queensland and the State of South Carolina. Later he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of South Carolina for this work.

While in the U.S., Mr Beattie was an advisor and guest lecturer on global economic development strategies at Clemson University, South Carolina (ranked 25th US public university by US News & World Report). He was also an American board member of the American/Australian Dialogue Board and a member of the University of Queensland America Inc.

In 2011, the Australian Government appointed Mr Beattie as Australia’s first Resources Sector Supplier Envoy charged with promoting a Buy Australian at Home and Abroad program for supplying products to the Australian resources industry.

Mr Beattie was awarded an AC (Order of Australia) in 2012. 

Mr Beattie is currently Director of Brandon BioCatalyst; Commissioner of the Australian Rugby League Commission (NRL); Director of the International Rugby League Board and; Director of the Asia Pacific Rugby league Board. 

Mr Beattie is an Ambassador for Life Sciences Queensland, joint adjunct professor at the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology & Institute for Molecular Bioscience. He is the former Chairman of GOLDOC (Organising Committee for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast) and a former member of the University of Queensland’s Industry Engagement Council.  





Q&A Facilitator - ERIN MOLAN

Australian broadcaster and journalist, Sky News, 2DayFM, Daily Telegraph

Erin Molan is an Australian TV and Radio presenter. She’s one third of the comedy breakfast show on 2DayFM ‘Hughesy, Ed and Erin’, is host of her own prime time show, ‘Erin’ on Sky News and is a columnist for the Daily Telegraph. 

Molan is also the proud designer and owner of a world first baby range, ‘By Erin’.

She is passionate about politics, national security and foreign affairs plus uses her platform to support countless charities and causes - including Bowel Cancer Australia, Dreams2Live4, Syd2Camera and Tresillian. 

Her own experience with online abuse led to her advocacy for new laws to protect Australians online. The ‘Online Safety Act’ or ’Erin’s Law’, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison refers to it, was passed in Parliament in 2021.

She spent over a decade as a sports and news presenter on Channel 9… including as the first female to host the NRL Footy Show and 2GBs Continuous Call Team.

Molan also competed in the World's most dangerous open ocean race, The Sydney to Hobart, on two occasions, the second as part of the World Record breaking winning team, Perpetual Loyal.

She travels the country sharing her story of persistence, resilience, failure and always ‘fronting up’ regardless of what’s thrown her way… plus ensuring negative experiences become a catalyst for change… always with a laugh along the way!

Erin considers inspiring and empowering the next generation of Australians as a genuine privilege and responsibility. 



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