The General Sir John Monash Foundation held is 12th Annual Oration, hosted by one of our partners, The Commonwealth Bank in Sydney on the 23rd of November. The John Monash Oration is an annual event providing insight into different aspects of leadership in Australian society. The 2023 Oration, attended by Foundation members, friends, supporters and Scholars featured the topic - "Transparency and accountability - the essential elements of good leadership". This topic was eloquently explored by our speaker, the Hon. Mark Dreyfus KC, Attorney-General, with a response by Dr Danielle Roosa, 2004 John Monash Scholar.
As the foundation celebrates twenty years of awarding scholarships, we also celebrate twenty years of a partnership with the Commonwealth Bank, which has shared our mission to support Australia's future leaders.
Thank you to our speakers and all who attended.
Meet our Speakers
The Hon. Mark Dreyfus KC MP, Attorney-General
Mark was appointed Attorney-General on 1 June 2022 and was first elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Isaacs in November 2007. He is a passionate defender of the rule of law, freedom of the press and the need for a powerful and independent national anti-corruption commission. Mark is a strong advocate for social justice and believes in creating a sustainable economy and environment for future generations. Before entering Parliament, Mark was a Melbourne barrister and King's Counsel. He served as an advisor to the Victorian Attorney-General and Minister for Planning between 1985 and 1987.
Dr Danielle Roosa, 2004 John Monash Scholar
Dr Danielle Roosa is currently a Senior Counsel at the World Bank and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in NSW. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA Hons, LLB, PhD) and Harvard University (L.L.M). Prior to joining the World Bank, Danielle worked at the National Native Title Tribunal, as one of four national delegates responsible for making administrative decisions on native title applications country-wide. In the U.S, she has worked pro-bono as a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children.