About the oration

The IPAA Queensland oration is named in honour of Irene Longman, the first female elected to the Queensland Parliament (1929-1932) and dedicated ‘public servant’ to the community for over 30 years. Her values and legacy include the welfare of women, children and people with intellectual disabilities; establishing the first education opportunity classes; the first women police in Queensland; creating a separate Children’s Court; and for the appointment of an advisory panel in difficult cases of juvenile delinquency.

The oration is an annual flagship event, similar to IPAA National’s Garran Oration (in honour of Sir Robert Garran, the first Commonwealth public servant) and the orations of state and territory IPAAs. The oration’s intent is to honour an individual and their contribution to the field of public administration. It is delivered by a prominent leader who will focus on an relevant aspect of the sector to encourage public interest and contemporary thinking.

History

  • The inaugural oration in 2017 was delivered by Professor Ken Smith, CEO and Dean of ANZSOG, and addressed the Importance of Trust in Government.
  • The 2018 oration, delivered by Professor Cordelia Fine, University of Melbourne, addressed the theme of Diversity and Inclusion
  • The 2019 oration titled Democracy Under Threat : How Public Service Can Help Maintain Faith in Democratic Governance, was delivered by Professor Peter Shergold, Chancellor, Western Sydney University and IPAA National President
  • Orations were not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

About the event

The Irene Longman Oration is an invite-only event, exclusive to IPAA individual members and select guests.

After the oration, guests will have an opportunity to network.