Indonesian and Australian Elections 2019: Let's Stay CalmMexico: A Country in TransformationBranch Christmas Party with presentation by Mr William Fisher




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    Indonesian and Australian Elections 2019: Let's Stay Calm

    Date Wed, 21 Nov 2018
    Time 18:00 – 19:00
    Location AIIA (ACT Branch)

    Indonesia and Australia will have national elections in 2019. Campaigns in both countries will be robust and, as in 2014, there is potential for bilateral issues to generate electoral controversy. Despite breast-beating in some quarters about the state of the  relationship, the two countries should, and should be able to, manage such issues, even during all the messiness of their democratic processes.

    Bill Farmer AO was Australia's longest-serving Ambassador to Indonesia 2005-2010. Among other appointments, he was Deputy Secretary of DFAT, Australian High Commissioner in Malaysia and Papua New Guinea and, for eight years, Secretary of Departments dealing with immigration, multicultural affairs and indigenous affairs. He has conducted a number of reviews for government on issues concerning...

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  • Mexico city

    Mexico: A Country in Transformation

    Date Thu, 29 Nov 2018
    Time 18:00 – 19:00
    Location AIIA (ACT Branch)

    Mexico has undergone a very quick transformation in the past few decades by fully embracing democracy, free trade and openness to the world. It is now the second largest economy in Latin America, the 15th largest economy in the world, the most populated Spanish-speaking country and the 8th most visited country worldwide. Yet it also faces a number of challenges, both domestically and on an international scale. In regards to the latter, a combination of increased nationalism and protectionist trends have forced it both to reassess its relations with existing partners, and to increase its efforts to diversify its economic and political relations. In this regard, the Asia-Pacific region and Australia play a very important role in Mexico’s quest for diversification, as recent developments in regards to the CPTPP and the Pacific Alliance show. Ambassador Peña Haller will address these and other related topics during his presentation.

    Ambassador Eduardo Peña Haller was appointed as Ambassador of Mexico to Australia in 2017. Previously, he served as deputy legal advisor for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a career diplomat with over 30 years of experience, and some of his previous positions include Consul General of Mexico in Frankfurt, deputy head of...

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  • New caledonia referendum

    Branch Christmas Party with presentation by Mr William Fisher

    Date Tue, 04 Dec 2018
    Time 17:30 – 19:30
    Location AIIA (ACT Branch)

    Please join us for the AIIA (ACT Branch) Members Christmas Party, featuring a presentation by Mr William (Bill) Fisher on "New Trends in Australia's Neighbourhood: The Referendum on Independence in New Caledonia".

    France held a referendum on independence in New Caledonia in November, expecting the standard race-based results to give a firm "no" to a break with France. That's not quite what happened. The race-based breakdown is still very much present, with Kanak areas in the north, east and Loyalty Islands voting up to 90% for independence,...

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