Vernon Parker Oration archive

The Vernon Parker Oration is given annually by distinguished Australian or international speakers on a strategic or naval theme of the orator’s choosing. The Oration is name after Commodore Vernon Parker who was a founder and inaugural President of the Australian Naval Institute. Links to the full texts (where we have them) and a list of orators are below.

2018

John Berry, the President of the American Australian Association and former US Ambassador to Australia.

“Defending democracy”

News article is here.

The full text is here.

2017

Ric Smith, former Ambassador to China and to Indonesia, former Secretary of the Department of Defence.
“This uncertain world: it’s not just Trump”

News article is here.
The full text is available to ANI fully paid members here and will be published in the Australian Naval Review.

2016

beazleyKim Beazley,  former Minister for Defence, former Ambassador to the US.

Full text is here.

2015

Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial and former Minister for Defence.

“Changing Times, Lasting Values”

Full text is here.

2014

Mike Carlton, naval historian and journalist.


“Emden clash shows Navy must tell its story”

Full text is here.

2013

Commander David Hobbs
Full text is here.

2012

Dr Michael Wesley

The full text is here.

2011

Rear Admiral James Goldrick
The full text is here.

2010

Graham Freudenberg

‘’Winston Is Back” – Churchill & The Naval Empire

The full text is here.

2009

Michael Pezzullo

“Seapower and Australian Defence Strategy”

The full text is here.

2008

Kim Beazley

“The Navy and the White Paper”

The full text is here.

2004

Rear Admiral Mark Bonser, AO CSC RAN

“RAN Persian Gulf Operations in perspective”

The full text is here.

2003

Geoffrey Till

“Freedom of the Sea”

The full text is here.

2002

Dr Norman Friedman

“Sea Power as Strategy”

The full text can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking here.

1995

Eric Grove

“Sea Power in the 21st century”

The full text can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking here.

1994

RADM F W Crickard, RCN (Ret)

“Australian and Canadian Naval policy
and posture during the Cold War”

The full text can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking here.

1991

Rear Admiral Teo Chee Hean

“Maritime Power in South-East Asia”
The full text can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking here.

 

The Vernon Parker Orators

1989 Kim Beazley, Minister for Defence
1990(?) Admiral Arifin, Indonesian Navy
1991 Rear Admiral Teo Chee Hean RSN
1992 Hon. Don Chipp
1993
1994 RADM F W Crickard
1995 Dr Eric Grove
1996
1997 Professor Richard J. Grunawalt, USN
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003 Professor Geoffrey Till
2004 Rear Admiral Mark Bonser, AO, CSC, RAN
2005 Vice Admiral IDG MacDougall, AC, RAN
2006
2007
2008 Hon Kim Beazley
2009 Mr Mike Perzullo
2010 Mr Graham Freudenberg
2011 Rear Admiral James Goldrick, AO, CSC, RAN
2012 Dr Michael Wesley
2013 Commander David Hobbs (retired)
2014 Mr Mike Carlton
2015 Hon Brendan Nelson AO
2016 Hon Kim Beazley, AC
2017 Mr Ric Smith AO, PSM
2018 Ambassador John Berry (retired)