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Congratulations to Ms Frances M. Cassidy AM

10 June 2020


Congratulations to Ms. Frances M. Cassidy AM on receiving this year’s Queen’s Honour for significant service to Australia-United States of America cultural and business relations.  Ms. Cassidy served as the President of the American Australian Association from 2002 to 2016, and prior to becoming President, was a Director of the Association since 1997.  She was also an early member of the AAA’s predecessor organisation, The Australia Society, and was Chairman of the Australia-U.S. Business Council from 1996 to 2000

2020 Anzac Day Commemorative Message

25 April 2020


In 1918, when ANZACs and Americans had completed WWI, they faced a deadly pandemic as they sought to re-enter civil society. Over 100 years later, we again face a deadly pandemic and together we will come out of this stronger and better. Whilst in person Anzac Day commemorations are on hold this year, we take a moment to reflect, and honor all those who have served our great nations.

The American Australian Association is pleased to bring you this Anzac Day commemorative message as we unite and pay our respects from our homes.

Lest we forget.

Australians in the United States & COVID-19

15 April 2020


A Webinar discussion with the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, Australia's Ambassador to the United States and AAA Inc President John Berry.  For those of you who missed the live event on April 15 or would like to view it again, you can watch the recording here.


The Alliance on Sky News Australia

25 March 2020

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In this new series Ticky Fullerton explores the shared culture and values that form the close bond between Australia and the USA. We look at everything that unites us and reveal why the strength of our pacific partnership is more important now than ever. WATCH EPISODE ONE ON SKY NEWS AUSTRALIA


American Australian Association's Benefit Dinner in New York City

29 October 2019


On Tuesday, 29 October, the American Australian Association in New York honoured the achievements of two distinguished American and Australian leaders – Jeanne Johns, Managing Director and CEO of Incitec Pivot Ltd (IPL) and The Hon. Joe Hockey, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States. 

Both were well supported by business leaders and friends from both countries, including United States Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer, former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull, Ambassadors Mitch Fifield and Katrina Cooper, DoS Deputy Assistant Secretary Sandra Oudkirk and the Australian Consul Generals from across the United States.

Jeanne Johns used the opportunity to announce the creation of a new Veteran’s Scholarship Program for Advancement in Postgraduate Education, supported by Dyno Nobel, a business of IPL.  Speaking at the dinner, Jeanne said “We are very excited to partner with the American Australian Association and create opportunities for hard-working veterans who have honorably served their country.”  Petty Officer John O’Hara, a veteran of the United States Navy, is the inaugural scholar recipient supported by this unique program, which also includes an internship and pathway to employment with the company, immediately following their study.

Ambassador Hockey was recognized by the Association for a lifetime of public service and most especially for his enthusiastic and unwavering championship of the US-Australia alliance and for advancing freedom, security and economic progress between our countries.  The evening concluded with a stellar performance by Australian group Human Nature – an internationally acclaimed and multi-talented pop-vocal group comprising Toby Allen, Phil Burton, and brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney – and a firm band favorite of Ambassador Hockey. 

The Association would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to Jeanne Johns, Ambassador Hockey and each of our corporate sponsors and donors for their time and generosity in support of this event.  Thanks to this generous support, the Association will continue to deliver Graduate Education scholarship opportunities to the next generation of American and Australian researchers in STEM, medicine, sustainability and journalism, as well as provide a wide range of business and event programming to benefit our constituency.

American Australian Association's 70th Anniversary Benefit Dinner in New York City

30 October 2018

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On Tuesday, October 30, the American Australian Association was joined by over 600 guests - friends, scholars and corporate supporters - at our 70th Anniversary Benefit Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street, New York.  This year’s dinner was a historic and festive occasion - celebrating 70-years of advancing and promoting the American-Australian alliance. 
As part of the celebration, the Association honored two leaders of significance – Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Rupert Murdoch AC, Executive Chairman, 21st Century Fox and News Corp. 
It was exceptionally fitting, that Rupert Murdoch AC, whose father Sir Keith Murdoch founded the American Australian Association in 1948, was feted with an award created in his honor – the American Australian Legends Award – in recognition of his longtime leadership and support for the Association, the American – Australian alliance and his indelible global impact of empowering educational opportunity through the creation of the Association’s Graduate Education scholarship program.

Marillyn Hewson, who shared anniversary honors, was recognized for her outstanding leadership in advancing and promoting the American-Australian business and security relationship, which is underpinned by the close defense alliance between our two countries. 

Both honorees were supported by their respective spouses and family, as well as being joined by a number of special guests including Sir James Wolfensohn AO, Andrew Liveris AO, James Gorman, Roger Goodell, Robert Kraft, Ambassador Joe Hockey, Ambassador Gillian Bird and Alastair Walton.  Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, sent a message of congratulations to both honorees.

Special mention and thanks are given to Fox News Network anchor, Harris Faulkner, who kept the evening moving along with much wit and grace, as well as Multi-award winning musician – Keith Urban – who closed out the evening with a show stopping performance and had guests up on their feet and dancing in no time.

Thanks to the generosity and support of all our sponsors and donors, over $1.8 million was raised from the evening, which bolsters the Association and its Graduate Education Fund. On behalf of the over 40 current and Graduate Scholar alumni who attended the dinner, we would like to again acknowledge and thank the night’s Honorees and Benefactors - Lockheed Martin Corporation, 21st Century Fox, News Corporation, Fox News and J.P. Morgan as well as Platinum sponsors: Morgan Stanley, Peter Lowy, Mastercard, Johnson & Johnson, Allen & Company LLP, Robert Kraft, Walt Disney and Andrew Liveris for their generosity.  

75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea Commemorative Dinner


On Thursday, May 4, 2017 the American Australian Association in conjunction with the Australian Embassy and Northrop Grumman Corporation, hosted a Commemorative Dinner in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. The dinner also served as the backdrop to the first official meeting between the President of the United States and Prime Minister of Australia.

Though both the President and Prime Minister were both in attendance, the guests of honour and biggest stars of the night were the eight American and Australia veterans who fought heroically at the Battle of the Coral Sea and in the Pacific Theater during WWII.  The Association was extremely proud to honour the service of Derek Holyoake, Bill White and Gordon Johnson (HMAS Hobart); Norm Tame and RADM Andrew Robertson (HMAS Australia); and Wendell Thrasher, John Hancock, and Roger Spooner (USS Yorktown CV-5). The gratitude and deep respect for these brave war heroes and their fallen comrades was evident from the evening’s speakers and their every mention was met with rousing applause from the audience.

The retired aircraft carrier Intrepid, now a Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City provided the perfect setting to commemorate the 75th anniversary to the day, of the first ever naval engagement where opposing sides remained entirely out of visual range, but which demonstrated how critical naval aviation would be in the future of warfare. 

A notable who’s who from both America and Australia attended and included Rupert Murdoch AC, Frank Lowy AC, Wes Bush, Andrew Liveris AO, Anthony Pratt, Gina Rinehart, Leigh Clifford AO, Greg Norman AO, John Travolta, Mike Wirth, Robert Thomson, Geoffrey Bible and Denis Hickey among many others.

The evening’s program featured speeches from the President and Prime Minister who celebrated the 100-year partnership between the two great nations; as well as a video with each of the veterans, and a chronicle of the Battle and its importance in turning the tide of the Pacific campaign.   

Thanks to the generous support of the evening’s single largest donor Anthony Pratt and major sponsors Lindsay Fox, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Chevron, Qantas Airways, Geoff Bible, Boeing, Dow Chemical Company, Lendlease Westfield, JP Morgan, News Corp and Lockheed Martin among many others, the dinner successfully launched the Association’s new American – Australian Veterans’ Scholarship Fund.

To help close out the night, guests were treated to special renditions commemorating the evening from Australian country music stars Amber Lawrence and Beccy Cole, and American Idol winner Kellie Pickler.  

Media Release | Australian Government Funding Announcement

23 July 2018

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The funding allocated in this year’s federal budget and administered by the American Australian Association Ltd. will assist the United States Studies Centre at The University of Sydney and the Perth USAsia Centre at The University of Western Australia in continuing to deepen Australia’s understanding of the United States and the Indo-Pacific through research, teaching and public engagement.

Australia faces many critical issues with respect to the Indo-Pacific. Australia's relationship with the United States – and decisions made by the US government and businesses – will be pivotal, shaping not just Australia's future, but the future of relations with important neighbours across the Indo-Pacific, and globally.

The value of policy research and analysis from learned voices and experts in foreign policy, international trade and investment, and American politics in this context cannot be understated. The Centres will continue to offer frank and fearless assessment of the challenges and opportunities ahead as the Australia-US relationship evolves, whilst highlighting the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific region to both nations. They will also continue to invest in their renowned research in foreign policy, defence, innovation, trade, investment, politics and culture.

The Centres’ independent scholarship remains a vital resource for government, media and the public. They stand ready to provide further insight in the years ahead.  

We thank the Australian Commonwealth government for its vote of confidence in our mission.

John Olsen, AO
Chairman, American Australian Association Limited

Professor Simon Jackman
CEO, United States Studies Centre

Professor L. Gordon Flake
CEO, Perth USAsia Centre

AAA & USSC 10th Anniversary & Benefit Dinner


The 2016 AAA & USSC 10th Anniversary and Benefit Dinner in Sydney on 9 June was a tremendous success.  Over 500 attendees including NSW Governor H.E. General David Hurley, Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull, NSW Premier Mike Baird, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop,  Cabinet Minister Arthur Sinodinos, US Ambassador John Berry, Former Ambassador Kim Beazley, NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism, Major Events & Sport Stuart Ayres, Japanese Ambassador Sumio Kasaka, US Consul General Hugo Llorens, News Corp Australia Executive Chairman Michael Miller, Herald & Weekly Times Chairman Penny Fowler, Macquarie Group Chairman Peter Warne, Boral Chairman Brian Clark, ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft, JP Morgan Australia CEO Rob Priestley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch CEO Kevin Skelton, AGL Energy CEO Andrew Vesey, Northrop Grumman CEO Ian Irving, ABC CEO Michelle Guthrie, Dow Australia Regional President Tony Frencham, ANZ NSW & ACT Chairman Warwick Smith, Gandel Group Chairman John Gandel, NyunggaBlack MD Warren Mundine, Foxtel Chairman Robert Nason, Commonwealth Bank Executive GM, Gregg Johnston,  Former President of the Business Council of Australia Tony Shepherd, PwC Managing Partner Joseph Carrozzi, Financial Services Council CEO Sally Loane, Former Macquarie Group Chairman Kevin McCann and Accor Plus CEO Dino Mezzatesta gathered to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of The Honourable John Howard OM AC, Former Prime Minister of Australia; and, Mike Kane, CEO & Managing Director of Boral.

The Benefit Dinner raised funds to support the Education Fund, which fosters post-doctoral research between Australia and the United States. To date, more than 250 Fellows have received awards totalling over US$6 million to pursue studies in critical fields from medical research to sustainability at top institutions such as MIT, Harvard and Princeton.

The American Australian Association and United States Studies Centre extends a sincere thank you to the 2016 honourees, sponsors (listed below) and special guests.


News Corp Australia I  Boral  I  United States Studies Centre  I  Dow Chemical Australia  I  PwC  I  Visy  I  Qantas  I  Macquarie Group  I  Perth USAsia Centre  I  JP Morgan  I  The University of Sydney  I  Westfield Corporation  I  Folkestone Limited  I  Optus  I  Coca-Cola Amatil  I  Bank of America  I  Herbert Smith Freehills  I  Gandel Group  I  Orica  I  Allen  I  Lexington Partners  I  Cosby & Textor

AAA & Allens Lunch with special guest ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft


On Friday 23 October 2015 the American Australian Association together with Allens hosted a small private lunch with special guest, ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft. It was an opportunity to speak about the Association and its stewardship of the United States Studies Centre and US Asia Centre in Perth.

Guests at the lunch included:  ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft, AAA Deputy Chairman & CEO Hon John Olsen AO, Allens Senior Advisor Zeke Solomon AM, Macquarie Chairman Kevin McCann AM, IBM Managing Director Kerry Purcell, Ernst & Young CEO Tony Johnson, Folkestone Deputy Chairman Mark Baillie, K&W Mallesons Managing Partner Sue Kench, Kosec Kodari Securities CEO Michael Kodari, Folkestone Managing Director Greg Paramor AO, Allens Partner Kate Towey, Pottinger CEO Nigel Lake, Allens Partner Mark Stubbings, Costco Managing Director Patrick Noone, Allens Partner Tom Story, Baker & McKenzie Partner Sean Duffy, and Allens Partner Paul Nicols.

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AAA & Bank of America Merrill Lynch Lunch with special guest Michael Thawley AO


On Friday 26 June 2015 the American Australian Association together with Bank of America Merrill Lynch hosted a small private lunch with special guest Michael Thawley AO. It was an opportunity to speak about the Association and its stewardship of the United States Studies Centre and US Asia Centre in Perth.

Guests at the lunch included:  The Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Michael Thawley AO, AAA Deputy Chairman & CEO Hon John Olsen AO, Bank of America Merrill Lynch CEO Kevin Skelton, US Consul General Hugo Llorens, Former NSW Premier Hon Nick Greiner AC, News Corp Australia CEO Julian Clarke, Macquarie Group CEO Nicholas Moore,  Boeing Australia President Maureen Dougherty, McKinsey & Co Managing Partner John Lydon, Genworth CEO Ellie Comerford, Folkestone Managing Director Greg Paramor AO, K&W Mallesons Managing Partner Sue Kench,  Bradken CEO Brian Hodges, Company Director Richard Warburton AO LVO, Seven Network Commercial Director Bruce McWilliam, SAS Managing Director David Bowie, Kosec Kodari Securities CEO Michael Kodari, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Managing Director, Co-Head Transport, Infrastructure Power & Utilities Richard Alcock, Hotels Association Australia President Peter Hurley, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Managing Director, Head of Origination David Wood.

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American Australian Association Inc announces new Chairman


New York, NY. - 30 April 2015- At a Board of Directors meeting held in New York on Tuesday, 28 April Jennifer A. Nason was selected to succeed Malcolm Binks AO as the next Chairman of the American Australian Association Inc. Mr. Binks will formally retire as Chairman on or before the Association’s Annual General Meeting on 8 June 2015.

One of the most senior women on Wall Street, Jennifer Nason - Managing Director and Global Chairman of Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. - will be the first Australian, as well as the first woman elected to this position. Ms. Nason has the full support of the Association’s lead patrons and corporate sponsors who have applauded her selection as the right person to move the Association forward at this time. Ms. Nason, a long standing Board member of the Association said she was “honored to receive this prestigious appointment and looks forward to working with American and Australian business and political leaders to further the long standing relationship between both countries".

Ms. Nason a graduate of the University of Melbourne and dual Australian and American citizen has lived and worked in the United States for more than 25 years. Ms. Nason has maintained ongoing business connections with Australia and for the past year has served as an international adviser on a ten person panel on the Australian Federal Government’s Financial System Inquiry (FSI 2014) review.

Ms. Nason has four grown children and lives in New York.


AAA 2014 Benefit Dinner

Honouring Chevron Australia Managing Director Roy Krzywosinski and also acknowledging Rio Tinto Iron Ore Chief Executive Andrew Harding

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The 2014 AAA Benefit Dinner in Perth on 30 April was a tremendous success.  Over 450 attendees including WA Governor H.E. Malcolm McCusker, WA Premier Colin Barnett, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop,  US Ambassador John Berry, Singapore High Commissioner Michael Teo Eng Cheng, Minister of Defence David Johnston, Minister for Mines & Petroleum Bill Marmion, WA Opposition Leader Mark McGowan, WA Treasurer Michael Nahan, Australian Consul General Designate to New York Nick Minchin, Lord Mayor of Perth Lisa M. Scaffidi, Mayor of Houston Annise Parker, Former WA Premier Richard Court, US Consul General Cynthia Griffin, News Corp Australia CEO Julian Clarke, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, Seven Group CEO Don Voelte, Woodside CEO Peter Coleman, Clough CEO Kevin Gallagher, BHP Petroleum General Manager Todd Lee, ConocoPhillips President Todd Creeger, KBR Group President David Zimmerman, Apache Energy Managing Director Faron Thibodeaux, Hitachi Managing Director Hitoshi Ishihara, Heytsbury CEO Paul Holmes à Court, PwC Managing Partner Justin Carroll, Roy Hill CEO Barry Fitzgerald, Merrill Lynch Director Chris Bingemann, American Chamber of Commerce CEO Niels Marquardt, Clifford Chance Managing Director  Michael Lishman, Chamber of Commerce & Industry CEO Diedre Wilmott, Perron Group Deputy Chairman Ian Armstrong, UWA Chancellor Michael Chaney, Macquarie Group WA Chairman Mark Barnaba, and Westpac WA Chairman John Langoulant gathered to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Roy Krzywosinski, Managing Director of Chevron Australia; and, Andrew Harding, Chief Executive Iron Ore at Rio Tinto.

The Benefit Dinner raised funds to support the Education Fund, which fosters post-doctoral research between Australia and the United States. To date, more than 190 Fellows have received awards totalling over US$4 million to pursue studies in critical fields from medical research to sustainability at top institutions such as MIT, Harvard and Princeton.

The Dinner also profiled the newly established Perth USAsia Centre at the University of Western Australia, a globally significant academic institution and leading think-tank on the Australia-Asia-US political, cultural, business and economic relationship, the Centre is an initiative of the American Australian Association, in collaboration with the University of Western Australia, with funding from the Federal and State Government.

The American Australian Association extends a sincere thank you to the 2014 honourees, sponsors (listed below) and special guests.


News Corp Australia
Rio Tinto
WA Government
Murdoch University

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Macquarie Group
BHP Billiton
Seven Group Holdings
The Dow Chemical Company
Perth USAsia Centre

Folkestone Limited
Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR)
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McKinsey & Company
The University of Western Australia
City of Perth

Roy Hill Holdings

AAA & Citi Lunch with special guest Mr Rupert Murdoch AC

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On Wednesday 23 October 2013 the American Australian Association together with Citi hosted a small private lunch with special guest Rupert Murdoch AC. It was an opportunity to speak about the Association and its stewardship of the United States Studies Centre and US Asia Centre in Perth.

Guests at the lunch included:  News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, AAA Deputy Chairman & CEO Hon John Olsen, Citi Chief Country Officer Stephen Roberts, Former PM Hon John Howard, News Corp Australia CEO Julian Clarke, Macquarie Group CEO Nicholas Moore,  Lend Lease CEO Steve McCann,  Major General Peter Cosgrove, Genworth CEO Ellie Comerford, Federal Assistant Treasurer Hon Arthur Sinodinos, ANZ Chairman Hon Warwick Smith, Poittinger Joint CEO Cassandra Kelly, Business Advisory Council Chairman Maurice Newman, Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti, Competitive Foods Chairman Jack Cowin, Former Sydney Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull, Baker & McKenzie Partner Sean Duffy, GE Aviation General Manager Max York, Folkestone Managing Director Greg Paramor and Norton Rose Fulbright Managing Partner Wayne Spanner.

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NSW Parliament awards AAA a Certificate of Commendation

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On Friday 25 October 2013 the American Australian Association Ltd. were special guests at NSW Parliament House and were awarded a Certificate of Commendation for its work, particularly its Education Fellowships.

The award was presented by NSW Parliamentary Secretary The Hon Marie Ficarra MLC
to AAA Deputy Chair & CEO Hon John Olsen AO and two representative  fellowship recipients Deanna D’Alessandro and Nicholas Blair.


Farewell Reception for U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey L. Bleich


The American Australian Association and United States Studies Centre held a farewell reception for the Honourable Jeffrey L. Bleich, U.S. Ambassador to Australia on 7 August in Sydney.

Guests included former PM Bob Hawke, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, Business Council of Australia President Tony Shepherd, ABC Chairman James Spigelman, Boeing Australia President Ian Thomas, CHAMP Private Equity Founding Partner Joseph Skrzynski, GE Aviation General Manager Max York, Costco Managing Director Patrick Noone and Tourism Australia CEO Andrew McEvoy.  In addition we were also delighted to welcome  leading Australian business people, CEOs and academics to the event.

Ambassador Bleich's impressive and successful tenure has made a considerable difference to Australian and American relations, and we have especially valued his relationship with and commitment to the AAA. We wish him and his family well as they return to America, as well as continued success in his remarkable and distinguished career. 

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In Praise of American and Australian Global Citizens

From The Australian Newspaper - June 11 2013

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Last week we celebrated the 65th anniversary of the American Australian Association, an organisation with a simple mission: to advance the US's and Australia's shared values. It gives grants to our best and brightest young people to study at each other's universities, and it has established centres for them to advance our nations' efforts at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and the USAsia Centre at the Univeristy of Western Australia.

Most impressive of all, the AAA's members and supporters are volunteers who give their time, their money, their talent and their mentorship to the next generation for free. They expect nothing in return -- only the chance to contribute to a greater cause.
There is a word for this. It is called "citizenship."

Citizenship is more than a status -- it is a state of mind and way of moving through this world. Sometimes it is those who are not citizens who recognise this best, and help reveal it to others. The most moving ceremonies that I attended at the White House were those in which the president swore in a new set of American citizens -- men and women who had come from all across the world, and had struggled and sacrificed to become one with America. Indeed, the people who have invested the most in advancing the US and Australia often are not the children of Americans or Australians. The US President is the son of a Kenyan. Both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader were born in Britain.

What binds these leaders is not heredity or mere geography or the accident of their birth -- it is a set of ideals handed down to them. Their parents came to our nations -- and they now devote themselves to serving our nations -- because they believe in the ideals for which we stand.

Americans and Australians believe in a nation where every person has the right to choose their leaders, and where leaders serve the people. We believe that every citizen's vote counts equally -- that no vote is more important or carries greater weight than another. We seek a land where each person can say what they believe, worship as they choose or choose not to worship, and use whatever gifts they possess to be fulfilled in their life. We believe in free and fair trade and the freedom to travel. And most of all, we believe in one another -- in the power of people. Indeed, we believe that these are choices to which every person on this planet is entitled. Citizens of the US and Australia devote themselves to securing these rights for ourselves and for the people of every nation.

That is the core of the American Australian Association. It is an organisation that honours these essential ties that bind us. This year the AAA honoured two extraordinary people who embody those values, as civic leaders and as global statesmen. Andrew Liveris, a child of Greek parents, was raised in Darwin and is chief executive of Dow and a key adviser to the US President. Dick Warburton, a son of Australia, heads several US-based global boards and served as chief executive of Dupont in Australia.
Their success does not belong to one nation and their ideals transcend borders. Their citizenship is reflected in their careers. As US senator Adlai Stevenson once said, patriotism and citizenship are not "short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime".

Through their efforts, and the efforts of all AAA members, they are helping produce the next generation of global citizens: the AAA Education Fellows. These fellows have been performing cutting-edge research on cancer, climate change, extending human life, improving health and protecting our planet. Wherever they work they reflect the view that our daily efforts must be devoted to something greater -- to make the world better, more beautiful and more closely connected. As president John Adams said: "Remember that the end for study is to be a good person and a useful citizen."

On its 65th anniversary, I wish to thank the AAA for producing our most valuable of all resources -- good people and useful citizens.
Jeff Bleich is US ambassador to Australia.

AAA, US Studies Centre and The University of Western Australia launch the Perth USAsia Centre


After AAA's successful establishment of the US Studies Centre (USSC) in Sydney 5 years ago, AAA sought and obtained Federal and State (WA) Government support to establish a campus in Perth.

Perth USAsia Centre is a $10 million initiative between AAA, the US Studies Centre and The University of Western Australia with major funding from the Australian and Western Australian Governments and US corporations.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tonight took part in launching the Perth USAsia Centre, a new West Australian-based institution aimed at strengthening the ties between the United States, Australia and the Asian region.

Read the full media release and watch the video

Former AAA Fellow, Eric May receives a 2012 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science


Eric May, Chevron Chair in Gas Process Engineering at the University of Western Australia and former American Australian Fellow (2002) is receiving one of this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

Eric receives the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year for his work towards making liquid natural gas a cleaner resource.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are presented by the Prime Minister and Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research at the Prize Dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament House on Wednesday 31 October.

Congratulations Eric!

To view the media release click here.

US to Australia Fellowship Applications close 9 Nov 2012


The American Australian Association is currently accepting applications for its US to Australia Fellowship Program.


The program offers fellowships of up to AU$30,000 to American researchers or students wishing to undertake advanced research or study in Australia. Through these Educational Fellowships, the Association encourages intellectual collaboration and innovation, building on the strong social and economic partnerships between Australia and the United States.



The USSC provide an analysis of the last of the Presidential debates.


And with the Lynn University stoush over, that's it for the debates. USSC's Jonathan Bradely provides some thoughts on the third and final presidential meet-up.

2012 US Presidential Election: The Electoral Map

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The NY Times published a really interesting assessment of "how states may vote, based on polling, previous election results and the political geography in each state"

To view the Electoral Map click here

Incoming CEO to the USSC considers possible outcomes for newly appointed leaders in both the US and China

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Bates Gill examines the challenges for the China-US relationship as 2013 will see two newly mandated administrations establishing at the same time.

Read the full article here.

Bob Carr states he did not criticise the US


During talks with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr made an apparant reference to the lack of leadership in Washington and President Obama's management of the US economy.

Carr states he was misrepresented and did not intend on critisising the US.

Read the full strory.


The Hon Andrew Stoner MP appointed Jason Seed to NSW Business Office in California

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Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner today announced the appointment of NSW's senior business representative in the United States to spearhead the Government's efforts to secure a slice of the technology boom in San Francisco's Silicon Valley.

Mr Stoner said Jason Seed will take up the position of Director, Trade and Investment in the NSW Government Business Office in Redwood City, California next month. "Mr Seed brings considerable business experience in the USA and Australia, and strong business networks to his role in our new business office in Redwood City," Mr Stoner said.

For the full media release, click here

Obama shows lead in foreign policy

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US President Barack Obama is entering the presidential race with a strong lead in foreign policy and national security issues, says foreign policy advisor and scholar Bruce Jentleson, who gave a presentation at the United States Studies Centre last week.

Jentleson is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University and has held a range of political appointments including as senior advisor to the US State Department Policy Planning Director during the Obama administration and senior foreign policy advisor in the State Department during the Clinton administration. “President Obama right now has a strong advantage in foreign policy national security issues. That’s been rare for Democratic candidates since the Vietnam period,” Jentleson says in a video interview he did at the United States Studies Centre.

Professor Jentleson says the contrast is stark between Obama’s foreign policy and that of his opponent, presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Romney’s policy is stuck in the past, he says, while Obama’s looks to the 21st century.

For the full story and video interview, please visit the USSC website.

Keating looks at economic shift to the Pacific

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The United States Studies Centre is hosting a forum on 28 May 2012 in which former Prime Minister Paul Keating will reflect on Australia’s most important international relationship.

From helping found the APEC leaders meeting and the World Trade Organization, to contributing to humanitarian interventions and peacekeeping in Africa, the Keating government worked closely with the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Keating will appear at the forum, Reflections on the Shift of Economic Gravity from the Atlantic to the Pacific, in conversation with The Australian newspaper’s Paul Kelly.

For more information and registration, visit the USSC website

Event of the Year

2012 AAA Gala Dinner

Jacques Nasser AO and Lindsay Fox AC were honoured at the AAA Benefit Dinner on 8 February 2012 in Melbourne.

Lunch with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon. Bob Carr


On April 10th, 2012 the American Australian Association Inc. hosted a welcome lunch for Australia's new Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon. Bob Carr in New York.

The luncheon was sponsored by JP Morgan Chase and held at their corporate headquarters on Park Avenue.

American Australian Associations Commemorates - 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea


On Monday 7 May 2012, the American Australian Association along with the NSW Governor - Prof Marie Bashir, US Consul General - Mr Niels Marquardt, the NSW Premier - the Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP and arm forces representatives, came together at Martin Place to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

The Battle of the Coral Sea was fought from 4-8 May 1942.  It was a major naval battle off the north-east coast of Australia between the Imperial Japanese Navy, and Allied Naval and Air Forces from Australia and the United States of America. It was the largest naval battle that has ever been fought off Australia's shores.

New CEO for the United States Studies Centre

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Dr Bates Gill has been announced as the United States Studies Centre's new Chief Executive Officer.

Dr Gill is a distinguished think tank leader with strong policy links in the United States, Asia and Europe. His previous positions include serving as the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and as inaugural Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Dr Gill is expected to take up the appointment in October. Until then, Professor Garrett will continue to serve as CEO of the US Studies Centre in addition to his new duties as Dean of the University of Sydney Business School.

Australia to US Fellowship Applications have now closed.


The American Australian Association awards individual Fellowships for advanced study in the USA of upto US$30,000 each year.  The Fellowships build on existing strong social and economic partnerships and foster intellectual exchange between the USA and Australia. 

Study Level:  Research/Study must be at the graduate or post-graduate level.

US Enrolment:  Acceptance into a US educational institution for full-time study.

Citizenship:  Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

Budget: Budget for the research/study period must be for a maximum of US$30,000.  The Fellowships are intended to support part of the costs of 1 year research/study in the USA.

Enquiries, please contact Jhelum Bagchi 

For further details, please click here

Applications close:  15 April 2012

AusArt Fellowship for the Fine Arts

Up to US$30,000 - applications closed 15 April 2012

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The American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., in conjuction with the American Australian Association, is offering a scholarship for an Australian graduate or post-graduate student of the Fine Arts or Curatorial Studies wishing to further their studies in the USA.

Applications for the AusArt Fellowship close on 15 April 2012.  Guidelines and application form are available here.

For any questions regarding your application and for submission, please contact Jhelum Bagchi.

The United States Studies Centre: Students Make Their Mark on Washington DC


To find out about the University of Sydney Business School, the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and the University of California Washington Center (UCDC), please read the attached article.

If you are interested in learning more about the programme, please click here

APSA Congressional Fellowship Deadline: 28 February


AAA is pleased to offer the American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellowship in 2012. Applications close 28 February!

Program: work on Capitol Hill to gain an understanding of the U.S. legislative process
Duration: 9 months starting November 2012
Open to: political scientists, journalists, federal executives or international scholars
Funds: up to US$40,000

For more application information, click here.

2012 U.S. to Australia Fellows Announced


University of Queensland Fellow: William Hatleberg
Bowdoin College / University of Queensland
Research Interest: Evolutionary Biology

Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow: David Wilson
Barrow Neurological Institute / Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
Research Interest: Neurosurgery

Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow: Rachelle Johnson
Vanderbilt University / St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research
Research Interest: Bone Cell Biology

Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow: Rebecca Sweet
Yale University / Australian National University
Research Interest: Autoimmunity

Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow: Talia Mota
UC Davis / University of Melbourne
Research Interest: HIV Latency

Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow: Ashley Moon
Johns Hopkins University / University of Queensland
Research Interest: Medicine

Tree Planting Service Honours 9/11 Australian Victims


On 4 September, the US Consulate General in Sydney held a tree planting service in honour of the 9/11 Australian victims. 60 representatives from eight of the ten victims' families attended.

The large Hoop Pine and a plaque inscribed with the ten victims' names sits prominently in the Royal Botanic Gardens between the Opera House and Mrs. Macquarie's Chair.


Australia Commemorates 9/11 with Services in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney


Australians commemorated the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with events in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney on Sunday 11 September.

Canberra – US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich led a service on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin. The event was attended by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and other senior government officials. Mr Bleich read a letter from President Barack Obama to Ms Gillard thanking Australia for its “extraordinary” support. Mr Obama said Australia’s support was shown immediately and the enduring support since “has won the lasting affection and gratitude of Americans”.

Melbourne – A commemorative service was held at St Paul’s Cathedral. US Consul General Frank Urbancic Jr attended alongside the Hon. Simon Crean and the Hon. Sophie Mirabella representing the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition respectively. Young musicians from Two Bright Lakes and harpist Imelda Pagliaro provided reflective music.

Sydney – More than 1200 people gathered at an interfaith memorial service at St Mary’s Cathedral including family members of the 10 Australians who died during the attacks. US Consul General Niels Marquardt and representatives from several religious denominations spoke. The American Australian Association provided the musicians for the event which included William Barton playing the didgeridoo and David Campbell singing a moving “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables.

Australian Innovators Receive Top Prizes


To facilitate intellectual alliances and collaboration between Australia and the United States, AAA awards 15 Fellowships to leading Australian post-graduate scholars to undertake research and study on environmental sustainability, engineering and medicine at prestigious American institutions.

In addition to last year’s Education Fellowship programme, the Association awarded three new corporate Fellowships through the support of ConocoPhillips, Westfield and Pratt Industries. Since the inception of the Association’s Education Fund in 2002, over $3 million dollars have been awarded in Fellowships to over 100 outstanding Australian and American scholars.

For more information on the Education Fund and Fellows, click here.

AAA Hosts Andrew Stoner Lunch in NYC


On 30 June at the Harvard Club, AAA in conjunction with the New South Wales Government hosted a private Finance & Investment lunch for the Hon Andrew Stoner MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for Regional Services and Infrastructure.

During his luncheon address, Mr Stoner noted that Australia has the 13th largest economy which is in its 18th consecutive year of growth. Australia currently has AUD $1.5 trillion funds under management, is ranked by the World Economic Forum as the number 1 global centre in Asia and has the 7th largest foreign exchange. He also stressed that ‘NSW is the engine room of the Australian economy’ contributing 32% of the nation’s GDP in 2008-09. Sydney, the capital city of NSW contributes 25% of Australian GDP.

For more information on the luncheon and Mr Stoner’s address, click here.

2011 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Scholar Announced

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Andrew Brookes is a lawyer specialising in energy and climate change matters. He has advised a range of government and corporate clients on emissions trading, renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, electricity and gas regulation and energy sector transactions. While practicing as a lawyer, Andrew completed a research Masters in International Politics at the University of Melbourne. His thesis explored the procedural and communicative fairness of the negotiations within the international climate change regime.

Founded in 1953, the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program is the nation's oldest and most prestigious congressional fellowship. For more information about APSA and the Congressional Fellowship, click here.

Glenn Stevens Featured at AAA Annual Spring Lecture Lunch in New York

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Glenn Stevens, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia addressed American and Australian financial services leaders on 13 April at the AAA Annual Spring Lecture Lunch in New York. The Governor’s speech America, Australia, Asia and the World Economy centered on the economic growth of Asia, in particular China and India and the impact the continuing development and integration of these economies would have on Australian and US trading patterns, global markets and future holdings of financial assets.

To read a transcript of the Governor’s speech, click here.

AAA Treasurer Greg Medcraft Appointed ASIC Chairman

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In a media release on 3 May, The Hon Wayne Swan MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, announced the appointment of Greg Medcraft as ASIC Chairman.

Mr Medcraft joined ASIC as a Commissioner in February 2009, taking responsibility for the oversight of investment banking, investment managers, super funds and financial advisers.

Julia Gillard Addresses US Congress

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On 10 March, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered a speech to a Joint Meeting of Congress, only the fourth Australian PM to do so. The prime minister spoke about the ANZUS treaty, signed in 1951 solidifying the alliance between the US and Australia. She personalised her remarks with the story of an Australian fireman who tracked down the sons of a New York fireman who died leading a team into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. One of the dead man's sons, also a fireman, was in the viewing gallery along with his Australian counterpart, who had returned the helmet his father had signed.

Other topics discussed included Afghanistan, the global economy, the G20 and free trade. To watch the PM’s full address, click here.

AAA Hosts Prime Ministerial Dinner in New York

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On 9 March, the AAA hosted a dinner for the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Julia Gillard MP. The dinner marked the occasion of Ms Gillard’s inaugural visit to the United States as Prime Minister of Australia and provided her with the opportunity to address senior American and Australian business and financial leaders, including Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical Company; Jeff Immelt, GE; James Mulva, ConocoPhillips; James Gorman, Morgan Stanley; Melody Meyer, Chevron; Jac Nasser, BHP Billiton and film maker Baz Luhrmann.

For more information on the PM’s visit to New York, click here.


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