Integrity 20’18

25-26 OCT

South Bank, Brisbane

Top minds debate the great challenges for humanity

Integrity 20’18 gathers philosophers, activists, innovators, educators, journalists, rule breakers, artists and visionaries for a two-day exploration of some of our greatest social, moral and political challenges.

Within the theme of ‘a world divided’, Integrity 20 aims to challenge perceptions, foster public debate and inspire action for change.


Banking with integrity – 25 Oct

Fees for no service, lying to the regulators, questionable lending practices, “modifying” independent reports, providing misleading financial advice, enabling money laundering, forging signatures, taking bribes …How do we restore integrity in Australia’s financial services sector?

Graeme Samuel, Pamela Williams, Charles Sampford, Madonna King (Chair)

Everybody lies – 25 Oct

What the internet can tell us about who we really are.

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (US)

Any ordinary day – 26 Oct

The day after the worst day of your life.

Leigh Sales (AU)

Recalibrating big tech’s moral compass – 25 Oct

In recent times the narrative around technology as an intrinsically positive force has shifted as it becomes apparent that ‘big tech’ lies at the centre of many ethical issues we face as a society. How do we regulate the unaccountable power of the tech giants and get them to take ethics seriously?

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (US), Fiona Kerr, Matt Beard, Mark Pesce (Chair)

The role of reason in a fractious society – 26 Oct

Public debate is increasingly dominated by how people feel and “my truth”. The ideal of objective truth is in decline.

Julian Baggini (UK)

Political morality – 25 Oct

Around the world, from the US to Australia, the so-called ‘Westminster model’ on which many democracies are based is facing strains.

A. C. Grayling CBE (UK)


Tue 23 Oct: The Griffith Lecture 2018

Special event – UNFETTERED AND ALIVE by Anne Summers AO

“…an utterly singular woman, who always says “Yes” to life even when it scares her.” 

Anne Summers AO

Mon 26 Nov: Kerry O’Brien in conversation

“Let me get the really big news out of the way up front…I have never dyed my hair. And it’s not a wig. Welcome to the world of television, with pockets of depth, rare brilliant insight but always the threat of superficiality.”

Griffith University: Integrity 20 is delighted to present Kerry O’Brien in conversation

Kerry OBrien


Former CEO of Westpac Gail Kelly, in conversation with award-winning author and journalist Madonna King, 2017 Integrity 20 Conversations

Gail Kelly & Madonna King

Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk and international journalist Peter Greste discuss ‘history, lies and ISIS’, 2017 Integrity 20 Conversations

Robert Fisk & Peter Greste

Speaking on the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity at the 2016 Integrity 20 Program Launch

Philippe Sands QC

International lawyer and author

I am grateful for the chance to reflect on what may be the greatest challenge that free nations face today. How to restore integrity and public trust to Western democracies at a critical moment in our history.

Jeff Bleich

Former U.S. Ambassador to Australia

More courage is required to forgive than is required to take up arms.

José Ramos-Horta GCL AC

Former President of Timor-Leste

It was a privilege to attend and to be exposed to such stimulating ideas and speakers.

2017 Audience Member


% of 2016 attendees who would recommend the Integrity 20 to their friends and family

Rarely have so many of us been imprisoned, beaten up, intimidated or murdered in the course of our duties

Peter Greste

Journalist and Correspondent

What a treat to hear such nuanced and sophisticated dialogue and debate about these complex issues!

2016 Audience Member

The Griffith Lecture 2014 – What Global Integrity?

Geoffrey Robertson QC

Human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster

I try my best to deliver something that is undeniably true. So that if the fundamentalists care to see my performance, they can look at themselves and laugh.

Sakdiyah Ma'ruf

Indonesian Stand-up Comedian

How to Destroy Democracy: Lessons on Imagining the Worst – Opening of Day 2, Integrity 20’17

Masha Gessen

Author and journalist

My argument was, you’re not going to get security in Afghanistan until you address the corruption problem.

Sarah Chayes

Senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Thank you for this marvellous, multiple-day extravaganza… I’ve been to a lot of conferences and this is one of the best run, nicest, most impressive, most eclectic gatherings. It’s really been a treat.

Charle Lewis (US)

International Investigative Journalist


% of 2016 attendees who enjoyed Integrity 20

Many of the international participants were – as you know – full of genuine praise not just for the fascinating way you blended such disparate but relevant content, but also for the smooth organisation of the conference, the warm hospitality, and the overall calibre of the event…

Luke Stegemann

2016 Integrity 20 Steering Committee