Previous Events

  • Date: Tuesday, 10 April 2018
    Venue: Grand Ballroom, Novotel Wollongong NorthBeach
    Speaker: Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC

    *Incorrigible Optimist* Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since January 2010. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments from 1983-96, in the posts of Attorney General, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Transport and Communications and - from 1988-96 - Foreign Minister.

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  • Date: Tuesday, 6 February 2018
    Venue: The Grand Ballroom, Novotel Wollongong NorthBeach
    Speaker: Phil Glendenning AM

    *2018: Beyond Crisis and Chaos to Hope and Sustainability* The annual Refugee Alternatives Conference, organised by the Refugee Council of Australia, will be held during February to examine topics of displacement, protection, cooperation, wellbeing, resilience, education, advocacy, and unity from across the country and around the globe. Last year's event was sold out, which is a measure of the concern and interest from stakeholders across Australia.

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  • Date: Tuesday, 5 December 2017
    Venue: Novotel Wollongong NorthBeach
    Speaker: It's a surprise for our 2017 Christmas Celebration

    Our annual Christmas dinner often sees us doing something out of the ordinary and this year will be no different! Instead of having only a short time to mingle before the formalities commence, this year a selection of canapes on the Deck will serve as our entree from 7pm to 8pm, where we will also be entertained by the Out of the Blue Singers. We will adjourn to the Ballroom at 8pm for our President's welcome speech and main course.

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  • Date: Tuesday, 10 October 2017
    Venue: The Grand Ballroom, Novotel Wollongong NorthBeach
    Speaker: Martin O'Shannessy - Partner, OmniPoll

    Why the US Polls failed, and can we trust the Australian Polls? Martin O’Shannessy grew up in Wollongong and attended UOW. He began his career as a commercial cadet at AIS Collieries and later worked as an advisor for Lord Mayor and Member for Wollongong, Frank Arkell.

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