Tasmania Events

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    2018 Sir James Plimsoll Lecture

    Date Mon, 29 Oct 2018
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus
    Chris Seed became the New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia in November 2013.Prior to taking up this position he was a Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and before that Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Defence.

    His earlier career included assignments in Tehran, Canberra, London and Papua New Guinea, where he was High Commissioner. 

    In addition to a number of roles in Wellington, he also served with the International Peace Monitoring Team in the Solomon Islands, the New Zealand delegation to the UN General Assembly and was seconded to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    Sir James Plimsoll was one of the most distinguished diplomats in the history of Australia’s Department of External Affairs (later the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). The previous Foreign Minister,  Alexander Downer, has labelled him ‘Australia’s greatest ambassador’.
    After serving in the AIF in the Directorate of Research and Civil Affairs, Plimsoll was appointed to the Far Eastern Commission, tasked with overseeing the Allied Council for Japan during the occupation of that country. In 1948 he was appointed a First Secretary of the Department of External Affairs, and in 1950 was sent as the Australian representative to the United Nations Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea (UNKURK), where he formed a close working relationship with Sygman Rhee, the South Korean President.
    Plimsoll was appointed as Australia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 1959, and became Australia’s High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to Nepal in 1962. He was chosen to be Head of the Department of External Affairs in 1965. In 1970, Plimsoll was appointed as Ambassador to the United States, and in 1974 he became Ambassador to the USSR. He was appointed as Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the EEC in 1977 and in 1980 became High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. His final diplomatic post was as Ambassador to Japan in 1981 and 1982.
    He later served as the highly popular and respected Governor of Tasmania from 1982 until his death on 8 May 1987 – only shortly after having his initial five-year term extended.

    Presented in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the University of Tasmania 

                                               To register go to the UTAS events web page

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    Without Precedent: Australia's Changing World.

    Date Wed, 07 Nov 2018
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location Government House

    Allan Gyngell AO was appointed the National President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) in September 2017, having previously been named a Fellow of the AIIA in 2010.

    He is an honorary professor with the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific and was most recently Director of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum.

    Mr Gyngell has had an extensive career in Australian international affairs. He was the Director-General of the Australian Office of National Assessments (ONA) from 2009 to 2013. Prior to leading the ONA, he was the founding Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from 2003 to 2009.

    Additionally, he has worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, serving as an Australian diplomat in Rangoon, Singapore and Washington. He was Senior Advisor (International) to Prime Minister Paul Keating between 1993 and 1996.

    Allan Gyngell was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2009 for services to international relations. In 2007, he co-authored Making Australian Foreign Policy with Michael Wesley. His most recent book, Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World Since 1942, was released in 2017 to considerable acclaim.

    Australia's region, the Government's 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper declared, is changing "in ways without precedent in Australia's modern history". 

    Our National President will discuss the nature of these changes as some of Australia's most important partners, old and new, challenge established rules and familiar patterns of behaviour. How can we best respond to this disrupted world.



    We have received instructions from Government House on registration.These are reproduced immediately below, with only some minor edits.
    1. Go to www.govhouse.tas.gov.au and click on 'Events' in the ‘Tours and Events’ tab on the right hand side of the homepage menu. Then, select ‘Click to Book'  for the Australian Institute of International  Affairs event. You will be directed to the Government House Tasmania event on the Trybooking.com website.
    2. Enter the Invitation Code:  GLrH18  (Do not try to copy it from this notice and paste). This will allow you access to continue your booking via the Trybooking website.(Note the Dress Code:Lounge Suit/Day Dress).
    3. Complete the booking as per the Trybooking website instructions. Tickets should be booked in the names of the guests who wish to attend.  Generic bookings such as “Partner of Mr Bill Smith” are NOT acceptable. In the ‘‘Capacity in which attending’ box,, we would be grateful if  guests would indicate the capacity in which they will be attending the reception e.g. :  Organising Committee,  Member, Supporter, Councillor, etc.  Ticket(s) will be sent to the guest’s nominated email address.*
    4. Guests will need to print their ticket(s) and ensure that they bring it/them to Government House on the evening, or alternatively the ticket(s) can be scanned from your mobile phone.[If organisers are printing tickets on behalf of guests they MUST ensure the guests receive their tickets PRIOR to their arrival at Government House]
    5. The closing date for booking is Wednesday, 24th October, 2018  (6.00 pm).
    * Note from Secretary AIIA
    Members wishing to be accompanied by a non-member are asked to initially limit the tickets they request to  a maximum of 1 member and 1 non-member. If you do have  have  insurmountable problems in registering then please contact the branch secretary, Barry Holmes at : tas.secretary@internationalaffairs.org.au
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