WATAC Luncheons at NSW Parliament House

In 1990 WATAC NSW decided to hold a celebratory luncheon at NSW Parliament House each year with a significant speaker addressing a meaningful theme. WATAC has always invited young people from schools to join us at this luncheon in The Strangers' Dining Room. It is always an informative and enjoyable event as well as a symbolic gesture, since women are gathering in the place of government where decisions are made and we are speaking out on issues which concern us as women.

Rosemary Breen

At the 21st Annual WATAC Luncheon on Thursday 22nd June 2017 our theme was Hear the Voices of WATAC – “We The People Are The Church”. Our guest speakers were Rosemary Breen, Marilyn Hatton and Trish Hindmarsh. We are grateful to be hosted in NSW Parliament House by Ms Sophie Cotsis MLC and appreciate very much the work done to facilitate our events by both Sophie's staff and the team from Parliamentary Catering.

Previous speakers and themes

  • Rosemary Breen
    Theme: 'Acting Now to Change The Future'

  • Marilyn & Paul
  • Ilona Lee AM
    Theme: "A Voice We Need to Hear"

  • Professor Larissa Behrendt
    Theme: "Our Time is Now"

  • Bishop Pat Power
    Theme: "Futuring Now - Today's Challenge"

  • Ann Gilroy rsj
    Theme: "Women Celebrating the Spirit"

    Marilyn & Paul
  • Libby Rogerson (Loreto Sister) and Clare Arnott (Yr 11 Loreto Student)
    Theme: "Women Seen and Heard"

  • Geraldine Hawkes (Chair CACW)
    Theme: "Women of Hope and Vision"

  • Pauline Rae smsm and Hanade Tawil (Muslim Promoter of Inter-Faith Issues)
    Theme: "Women of Compassion and Peace"

  • Rosemary Breen
    Theme: "Cultivating Peace"

  • Patty Fawkner sgs
    Theme: "Women Can Change the World"

  • Shirley Wood
    Theme: "While Women are Exploited No Woman is Free"

  • Maree Kennedy and Therese Vassarotti
    Theme: "Speaking As If We Had the Strength of a Million Voices"

Some of these talks are available on our Resources page.