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The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and present

Australia’s rich immigration history: reflecting on the past and looking to the future

Public Lecture


21st April 2015


Molonglo Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU.


Mr Michael Pezzullo, Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.



In this keynote address on Australian immigration, Michael Pezzullo will highlight that immigration is a matter for national governments, and will discuss how successive governments within Australia have both built and shaped the nation, in part through the management of immigration.

In reflecting on the past and looking to the future, Mr Pezzullo will offer his analysis and insights into the challenges and opportunities of the increasing international movement of people in a globalised world.

Michael Pezzullo was appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in October 2014. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS).

Mr Pezzullo joined ACBPS as the Chief Operating Officer in July 2009, having been the Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence—a position to which he was appointed in January 2006.Between February 2008 and May 2009 Mr Pezzullo led the Defence White Paper team and was also the principal author of the 2009 Defence White Paper.

Mr Pezzullo has a BA (Hons) in History from Sydney University.

This lecture will be chaired by Allan Gyngell.

Allan Gyngell is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security College, an Adjunct Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy and Director of the Crawford Australian Leadership Forum. He was the Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (ONA) from July 2009 until April 2013.

This lecture is jointly presented by the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and Policy, at The Australian National University.

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