May, 04 2011
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29 April: MELBOURNE Roundtable Breakfast with Dr Ziggy Switkowski

On 29 April, AAA in partnership with corporate member Sullivan & Cromwell hosted a roundtable discussion with the esteemed Dr Ziggy Switkowski on the impact of the Fukushima disaster.

According to Dr Switkowski, Australia's best-known nuclear power expert, the impact of any meltdown in Japanese nuclear reactors damaged by the recent earthquake will be small compared to the devastation caused to them by the quake itself and the subsequent tsunami. Public perception and the politics associated with the question of nuclear power are the major hurdles to be overcome if nuclear power is to become a major source of energy in Australia. Australia is one of the biggest producers of uranium in the world.

Those in attendance included U.S. Consul General Michael Thurston, Melbourne AAA corporate members and numerous senior business and financial leaders.

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2 May: SYDNEY Coral Sea Cenotaph Service

The American Australian Association commemorated the 69th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea (4-8 May 1942) with a Cenotaph Service on 2 May in Martin Square. Official guests included AAA Deputy Chairman Michael Baume AO, U.S. Consul General Niels Marquardt and NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell amongst others.


3 May: SYDNEY United States Studies Centre Discussion with Bob Hawke

On the evening of 3 May, the USSC held the second of its 'Conversations with the Prime Ministers' series, this time between the Hon RJ Hawke AC, Prime Minister from 1983-1991, and The Australian's editor at large and esteemed political commentator, Paul Kelly.

The discussion covered Hawke's relationships with Presidents Reagan and George HW Bush, the impact of the alliance on Australian domestic politics and the more independent line that Australia took from the US on key foreign policy issues during those years, including on peace and disarmament, the Strategic Defense Initiative (otherwise known as 'Star Wars') and the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone. Mr Hawke spoke candidly of the challenges facing the present Chinese leadership and the implications of the rise of China for Asia-Pacific and Australia's relationship with America.

The event, held at Customs House, was well attended by a mixture of students, academics, current and former diplomats - including the current US Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey L. Bleich - and members of the business community.

For more information on the event, click here.

Corporate Programme Series

10 May: MELBOURNE Corporate Programme Series Launch

AAA launches its Melbourne Corporate Programme Series on 10 May at Invest Victoria. Members and guests are invited to mingle over hors d'oeuvres and hear about the corporate benefits of joining the American Australian Association. RSVP necessary as space is limited.

Date: 10 May 2011
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Venue: Invest Victoria - Level 46, 55 Collins Street


27 May: SYDNEY Trans-Pacific Partnership Public Consultations

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) continues to seek input from stakeholders on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations, and will be conducting the next set of public consultations in Australia. TPP Parties (Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US, Vietnam) aim to develop a high quality, comprehensive Free Trade Agreement that will deepen economic integration and liberalisation in the Asia-Pacific region. Interested stakeholders are invited to meet with members of the TPP negotiating team in NSW.

Date: 27 May 2011
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Venue: Level 10 Angel Place, 123 Pitt Street
RSVP: by 24 May 2011

If you are unable to attend the meeting, upon request, Australian negotiators would be happy to organise industry or sector-specific briefings as a part of these consultations. To make submissions or to request appointments, email:


21 June: SYDNEY Simon-Kucher & Partners Pricing Strategy Forum

On 21 June, global consulting firm Simon-Kucher & Partners hosts its first Pricing Strategy Forum in Sydney. Gain insights from the world’s leading pricing consultancy as well as from Michael Smith (Managing Director, Consumer Division, Optus). Participants will learn best practices from around the world as well as how to tackle today’s pricing challenges in Australia. Additionally, company founder and internationally esteemed bestseller author Hermann Simon will present the secrets of success for Hidden Champions, unknown world market leaders, and explain what large corporations can learn from them. The event will end with socialising, drinks and canapés.

The forum is part of Simon-Kucher & Partners’ Sydney office opening celebrations. Chris Petzoldt, Managing Director Australia and his team look forward to welcoming you in Sydney!

Date: 21 June 2011
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm
Venue: Sheraton on the Park, Phillip Room - 161 Elizabeth Street
RSVP: click here


11-22 May: CANBERRA International Music Festival

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16 May: SYDNEY & 20 May: MELBOURNE "Illinois - A Growth Market and US Logistics Hub" Seminar


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June 1: SYDNEY Nathan Leigh Jones Performance

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6-7 June: SYDNEY United States Studies Centre National Summit

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17 June: MELBOURNE AWA American Independence Day Ball


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