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australia speaks
celebrating 50 years with saxton

ita buttrose: the world back then... and now

Ita Buttrose discusses the power of words and the progression of communication over the last 50 years at Australia Speaks, our 50th anniversary celebration.

Ita Buttrose AO OBE is a truly exceptional Australian: a legendary media editor, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor and 2013 Australian of the Year. Currently a co-host of Network TEN’s Studio 10, Buttrose was twice voted Australia’s most admired woman. She was the youngest ever and an unprecedentedly successful Editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, the founding editor of Cleo, the first woman to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia, and the first female director of News Limited. In 2011, her early career was the subject of highly-acclaimed ABC miniseries Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo.

Buttrose is the current National Ambassador of Alzheimer’s Australia, having served as National President from 2011-2014. She is also Patron of the Macular Disease Foundation and Emeritus Director of Arthritis Australia. She received an AO for her services to the community, especially in the field of public health education, when she spearheaded Australia’s HIV/AIDS Education Program. Buttrose received an OBE for her services to journalism, and a Centenary Medal for business leadership.

A founding member and former president of Chief Executive Women, Buttrose has written 11 very successful books, including her best-selling autobiography A Passionate Life.


australia speaks
Saxton Speakers' 2015 celebration of 50 years of the business and of the spoken word in Australia was the biggest of its kind in the country, incorporating performances from 24 of Australia's leading speakers and entertainers. You can watch all the individual presenters by clicking on their image below, or view the highlights reel here.

the presenters
Craig Davis Ita Buttrose
Steve Vamos Dr Chris Caton
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Satyajit Das
Graeme Joy Remo Giuffre
Mark Bouris Layne Beachley
Cathy Freeman Megan Quinn
Tim Cope Gill Hicks
Vinh Giang Rachel Botsman
Winston Broadbent & Nanette Moulton, Directors of Saxton Speakers Bureau
the performers
Sounds of the 60's with Ciaran Gribbin and Darren PercivalCiaran Gribbin with the sounds of the 80's
Jade MacRae - Love will keep us together Tim Campbell - Let me entertain you
Tom Thum Finale
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