On the 26th of May, the Crescent Institute proudly hosted a talk by New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian on the topic of “NSW Economy: Recovery and Resilience,” at our headquarters in Sydney.

The event was hosted by Crescent Institute Chair Professor Peter Shergold AC and moderated by senior journalist and co-founder of Media Diversity Australia Antoinette Lattouf. This event welcomed 150 live guests, with over 40 more tuning in via Zoom link. This was the Crescent Institute’s first live event since 2019.

Review of the NSW Economy: Recovery and Resilience

The event began with a welcome address by Daniel Gilbert of Gilbert and Tobin and an acknowledgment of the Gadigal people, the traditional owners of the land.

The Premier began her talk on COVID-19 recovery with reflections on leadership. She related how community leaders had offered invaluable assistance to the NSW Government in motivating their communities to adopt COVID Safe practices. She went on to recognise the sacrifices made by those communities in adapting their regular religious practices since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic and particularly over lockdown, and she praised their resilience in the face the uncertainty and upheaval of the last 15 months.

Ms Berejiklian affirmed her belief in the value of a multicultural Australia, recognising the importance of active citizenship instilled in her since childhood by her Armenian mother and Syrian father. Towards the end of her presentation, she stressed the importance of promoting diversity of representation across all platforms to stem the spread of harmful narratives.


The talk was followed by a discussion between the Premier and Antoinette Lattouf, who asked Ms Berejiklian to speak about her early aspirations and her path to state leadership. Ms Berejiklian explained how her early success in local governance surprised many of those around her who had assumed that her cultural background would present a barrier to her political aspirations.

During this discussion, Ms Berejiklian also touched on the struggles faced by her antecedents in the years before their arrival in Australia. She shared her thoughts on the role that displacement and inter-generational trauma play in the formation of identity, and pressed the importance of empathy in a multicultural society.

Acknowledgments and Thanks

The Crescent Institute would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Ms Berejiklian; to Antoinette Lattouf for moderating; to Gilbert and Tobin for their generous sponsorship; and to all who attended for making this event a success.

The Crescent Institute’s mission is to open Australia for everyone. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive environment that hosts Australia’s political, business, and community leaders on issues of national importance. We increase accessibility to shape professional futures.

Having the opportunity to host the Premier of NSW at this critical juncture in Australian history represents a major milestone for the Crescent Institute, offering invaluable access to leadership thinking.

More Events Planned for 2021

While we have yet to announce the details of our upcoming events, we are pleased to announce that we have a program of exciting events planned at the national level for 2021. To stay informed, you can sign up to our database or follow us on social media.