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From the President

Our busy year is almost at an end, with two final, and special, events in November.

On Monday November 4 the UNESCO Professor of Journalism, Prof Peter Greste, will give our annual Government House lecture. Peter, the award-winning foreign correspondent who was jailed in Egypt and is a global leader on media freedom, will speak on The global war on Journalism, what it means for Australia and why we should be concerned.   If you have responded to Government House for this event please be at Government House by 5.45pm at the latest to be seated before the Governor, Hon Professor Kate Warner, begins proceedings promptly at 6.00pm.

Our final event for the year will follow a similar theme, and will be given by journalist Brian Toohey on Wednesday November 27 at 6pm at the Law Lecture Theatre 1, University of Tasmania. Brian has recently published Secret, outlining his perceived threats to Australia’s security at the hands of Australian leaders. Brian’s talk, Secrecy, Ignorance and Fear: The Making of Australia’s Security State, is sure to be engaging and provocative. A notice with the details for registration will be sent by our Events Secretary shortly.

The national conference of AIIA in Canberra in mid-October was a worthwhile event attended by more than 300 people. Masterclasses were also well supported and appreciated. Summaries of some of the papers presented at the conference have already appeared in the AIIA blog Australian Outlook and are certainly worth a read.

It was gratifying that so many members attended the AGM on October 22, and heard a frank and whimsical talk from the new leader of DFAT in Tasmania, Tim Ault. Thanks to Tim for sharing his experiences with us so frankly.

Officer bearers elected at the AGM were:

  • President: Kim Boyer
  • Immediate Past President: Prof Peter Boyce
  • Vice Presidents: Terry Narramore and Trevor Wise
  • Secretary: Barry Holmes
  • Treasurer, Public Officer and Events Secretary: Ian Baxter

Other Council members elected were Ed Kremzer, John Hayton and Stephen Phipps.

Thanks to outgoing treasurer Ed Kremzer for his work over the past few years in keeping us afloat, and to Ian for taking on the new roles. Barry continues for his (announced) final year as secretary.

AIIA Tasmania now has a new mailing address, PO Box 151, Sandy Bay 7006.

We are also hoping to move away from Paypal towards Stripe as one method of members paying their dues; more on this when the deed is finally done.

There will be one more Newsletter for 2019, and the Council is already beginning its planning of events for 2020. Any ideas from members would be gratefully received.

Kim Boyer