Leading public figures, selected annually by the ABC board, deliver the Boyer Lectures on topics of special relevance to the Australian community.

  • The 2013 Boyer Lecture series will be presented by Her Excellency, The Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

    The title of the series, Back to Grassroots, reflects the Governor-General’s involvement in community, the law, and human rights activism, reform and practice throughout her personal and professional life.  Whilst she has occupied formal public roles on state and federal bodies, and leadership and teaching roles within academic institutions, the motivation for her work has primarily come from her experiences and observations on the ground, in the lives of Australian women and children. Consistent with this philosophy, the Governor-General has, in her current role, taken a hands-on approach to her outreach and engagement with the Australian community. This lecture series takes listeners on a journey “back to grassroots” in the context of her own life and work over the last fifty years, and in the context of contemporary Australia.


Latest Programs

Sunday 3 Nov 2013

Sunday 10 Nov 2013

    The powerful role of Australian Women


    This [series episode segment] has image, and transcript

Sunday 17 Nov 2013

Sunday 24 Nov 2013

Past Boyer Lectures