The Advance.org Patron is the Prime Minister of Australia. The Australian Government has seen the enormous potential in our diaspora for soft power and economic links around the world. Our Patrons share a commitment to the Australian diaspora and the work of Advance.org.
The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Australia’s 30th Prime Minister
“Overseas Australians are connected by common aspirations and achievements which is what Advance is all about. So it’s terrific that the Awards allow us to celebrate some of our remarkable expats who are making a vital contribution in so many places around the world.”
The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s 29th Prime Minister
“A million adventurous, enterprising, creative, innovative, competitive Australians right around the world… The important thing is to harness this smart grid of human capital and we’re doing that. Advance harnesses that enormous smart grid of human capital; our diaspora… It was an historic achievement to set up Advance … The strides that Advance has made are extraordinary… It will be a key element in our nation’s very bright future.”
Mr Turnbull also encourages global Australians to join the Advance Awards Celebration.
The Hon. Julia Gillard, Australia’s 27th Prime Minister
“The Advance network brings together an amazing array of distinguished and rising Australians … In our globalised world, strong and productive networks with our fellow Australians will underpin our continued growth and prosperity, leveraging our skills and knowledge to promote our nation and its achievements to the wider world.”
The Hon. John Howard OM AC Australia’s 25th Prime Minister
Prime Minister Howard famously observed:
“Our greatest exports are not of course iron ore important though that is, or tourism important though that is, wheat, coal and all the other things that we export….our greatest exports are our people. There are a million of you dotted around the world, saving lives, inventing things, being at the forefront of information technology”
“The concept of Advance is really quite superb. What it does is to challenge in the most emphatic way, that rather silly notion that in some way Australia is diminished by some of the brightest and the best of our country going overseas and making an enormous contribution to the societies and the economies of other parts of the world.”
The establishment of Advance.org was made possible by the generosity and vision of our Founding Patrons.
Executive Chairman, Visy Industries
Executive Chairman, Pratt Industries
Executive Chairman of Nova Entertainment
Co-chairman of News Corp
Executive chairman and CEO of Fox Corporation
Founder of Australian investment company Illyria Pty Ltd
Director of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art
Principal of The Lowy Family Group