2012 Forum

PAC Meets Parliament

The 2012 PAC Meets Parliament forum, held on 19 June at Parliament House, brought together researchers and those with an interest in public policy for older Australians.

The forum aimed to:

  • Inform and stimulate public debate on the issues we face as we age;

  • Highlight current research from leading researchers; and

  • Foster ideas for the development of sound, creative policies to address ageing issues.

As well as the keynote speakers, the Hon Susan Ryan AO and Phillip Adams AO, the program featured senior spokespeople from the three main political parties as well as a panel of commentators and policy thinkers from a range  of perspectives.

The forum was organised by the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre (PAC) with the active support of the Parliamentary Friends of Seniors and Ageing.

PAC Meets Parliament was held on Tuesday, 19th June from 9am to 4pm in the Theatre and Theatre Foyer at Parliament House.  

Click here to download the forum flyer.


Registration Opens
  • Official Opening
Opening Address:
Realising the productive potential of older people
Policy Challenges:
What the research evidence shows?
  • Overcoming barriers to employment - Dr Jeromey Temple, PAC
    - MP3 (2.5 MB)
  • Factors influencing financial health for later life – Dr Tim Higgins, ANU
    - MP3 (1.3 MB)
Commentary: Professor Philip Taylor, Monash University
- MP3 (1.5 MB)
Political Party Conversations:
Meeting the challenges of ageing- what can political parties offer?
  • The Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Mental Health & Ageing
    - MP3 (3.8 MB)
  • Senator Rachael Siewert, Australian Greens Whip
  • The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Shadow Minister for Seniors
    - MP3 (2.3 MB)
Keynote Address:
Changing attitudes to later life and ageing: winning hearts and minds
Round Table Discussion:
Critical issues and policy responses to population ageing


Keynote Speakers




Phillip Adams AO


Hon Susan Ryan AO


Political Representatives




Labor Party
The Hon Mark Butler MP
Minister for Mental Health & Ageing

Liberal Party
The Hon, Bronwyn Bishop MP
Shadow Minister for Seniors

Greens Party
Senator Rachael Siewert



Dr Tim Higgins
Australian National University

Dr Jeromey Temple
Productive Ageing Centre


Professor Philip Taylor
Monash University



Dr Diane Gibson
Dean of Health
University of Canberra

Ms Robyn McKay, Retiree (formerly Deputy Secretary, Department of Families. Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs)

Dr Lynn Arnold AO

Chief Executive Officer Anglicare SA

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