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Newsletter November 2022

Hopefully AIIA’s 2022 will end this month with a bang, and not a whimper! (apologies to T.S. Eliot) with our two grandstand events coming up.

Firstly, our Government House Lecture on Monday November 21 at 6pm. Hon Warwick Smith AO FAIIA will discuss Foreign Policy Within a Trading Nation, the Pacific, Asia and the World: the danger of mediocrity. Warwick is a former Tasmania MP, Federal Government Minister, Communications Ombudsman and now Chair of Ord Minnett Investments. He is an authoritative commentator on China and economic and trade policies.  Warwick will be presented with his Fellowship of AIIA at Government House by outgoing AIIA National President Allan Gyngell AO. Vice President Zara Kimpton AO will also be there to meet Tasmanian members and guests. It is great that Warwick had chosen Tasmania as the venue for his Fellowship presentation. We are also grateful that the Governor, HE Barbara Baker and Prof Don Chalmers will be hosting a reception following the lecture. If you haven’t registered you need to do so to attend and the link is Australian Institute of International Affairs Annual Lecture Tickets, Government House Tasmania, Hobart | TryBooking Australia

Secondly, the Plimsoll Lecture. This lecture will be held in the Law Lecture Theatre 1 on Tuesday 29 November at 6pm, with refreshments from 5.30. We are indeed fortunate to have a gifted and prestigious speaker, Dr Heather Smith PSM, speaking on The Decade Ahead: Disruptive, Disorderly and Dangerous. Dr Smith has an impressive background at a senior level in the Commonwealth Public Service and higher education spanning national security, communications, arts, international relations, industry and economic portfolio areas, among others. Dr Smith’s Plimsoll Lecture promises to be a major highlight for AIIA locally and nationally for 2022. The link to register in person is The Decade Ahead: Disruptive, disorderly and dangerous Tickets, Tue 29/11/2022 at 6:00 pm | Eventbrite or on line is Webinar Registration – Zoom.

Our AGM on November 8 was successful, with a great talk from Dr David Agnew from CCAMLR. We are hoping to have David return for a further discussion in 2023. A new, updated constitution was passed and the following office bearers appointed:

  • President Kim Boyer.
  • Vice president (senior) Dr Steven Phipps.
  • Vice President: Prof James Chin.
  • Secretary: Dr Geoff Heriot.
  • Events secretary, public officer and treasurer: Ian Baxter.
  • Auditor: Ed Kremzer.
  • Council members (elected and co-opted): Trevor Wise, Bruno Arpi, Dr Terry Narramore, Marilla Lowe, Harriet Baillie and John Hayton.
  • DFAT liaison: Dr Tim Ault, Elisa Cusick.

There will be a brief newsletter in December outlining events proposed for 2023. If you have any particular speakers or these areas you would like us to try and address please let me know.

And watch this space for the imminent announcement of the next AIIA national president for 2023 and beyond!

Kim Boyer

November 12 2022