The Advance 100 Global Australians Summit
With one million Australians overseas at any given time, and many Australians holding influential positions in corporations and institutions around the world, the summit provided Australia with an opportunity to engage this important national asset and formalise the relationship between the country and the leading members of the Australian diaspora.
Monday December 18, 2006 - Prime Minister's Reception
Prime Minister the Hon John Howard MP addresses the Advance 100 Global Australians Summit at Kirribilli House
The concept of Advance is really quite superb. What it does is to challenge in the most emphatic way, that rather silly notion that in some way Australia is diminished by some of the brightest and the best of our country going overseas and making an enormous contribution to the societies and the economies of other parts of the world. And your coming here and the breadth of talent and achievement and success that is represented by the group that’s gathered here is I think something that sends a very strong message to our fellow country men and women that in the globalised world in which we now live forever, it is enormously to Australia’s advantage that we have a talented, energetic, achieving, highly successful diaspora.
That’s an enormous global investment made by this country, it’s an enormous asset because it brings with it an understanding of the countries with which we interact, and it brings with it a sophisticated involvement of Australia in the modern world and it’s also a reminder that Australia, proud though it is to be known around the world by sports men and women, by its entertainers, by people who are part of popular culture, it is also a country that is also a high performer in business, a high performer in science, a high performer in areas of research and this gathering to say to the nation, and particularly to those who occasionally lament the so-called ‘brain drain’ to say to them that this is a country of all the talents in all parts of the world. And that’s something that as Prime Minister I am very proud of and I know that Australians are very proud of it indeed.
Ken it’s great to have you and the other members of the board here. I know how hard you worked when you were in New York as Consul-General doing wonderful things representing our country in that fantastic city, what wonderful things you did to get Advance going and the fruits of that endeavour is here on the lawns of Kirribilli House to get this extraordinary number of people here, although Sydney is not a bad place at this time of the year – Kirribilli House is not a bad place at this time of the year either I have to confess and it is particularly tonight.
Anyway it’s great to have you all here, Janette and I welcome you, we wish you well and I will invite Ken Allen to say a few words. Thank you very much.
Tuesday December 18, 2006 - Summit at the Sydney Opera House
Session 1 - Welcome
Welcome: Ken Allen, Chairman Emeritus, Advance Global Australian Professionals
Introduction of the Treasurer: Brad Orgill Chairman and CEO, UBS
Opening Key Note address: The Hon. Peter Costello MP, Treasurer of Australia
Session 2 - Global Challenges: Australian Responses
Global challenges arise from the war on terrorism, uncertainty about US foreign policy, the rise of and a new consciousness about global warming. This session analyses these challenges and examines the Australian responses.
The Hon. Gareth Evans AO, President, International Crisis Group
HE the Hon. Robert Hill, Australian Permanent Representative to the UN
Alan Gyngell, The Lowy Institute
Moderated by Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian
Introduction: Barry Jones, Invest Australia
Overview of the emerging power of diasporas in world affairs: Michael Fullilove, Program Director, Global Issues, The Lowy Institute.
David Anstice, President Merck Human Health
“Not even the sky is the limit. My journeys in space.”
How does Australia use its one trillion in funds under management, and its large diaspora of talented financial services professionals, to enhance the country’s role as an important centre in global financial markets?
David Murray, Chair of the Future Fund Board of Guardians
Phil Green, Managing Director & Chief Executive, Babcock & Brown
Moderated by Bob Joss, Dean, Giving Back: Philanthropy for a New Age
Read Michael Hintze's address here
Jeremy Philips, Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, News Corporation
Confirmed Attendee List
Welcome Message from The Prime Minister
Welcome Message from Advance
Dec 20, 2006 - Gallery of Great Expats (The Australian)
Dec 19, 2006 - Expats Focus on Asia: Costello (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 19, 2006 - Speak of us well while you're gone, PM tells Expats (The Australian)
Dec 19, 2006 - Aussie Exodus is Brain Gain: Costello (The Age)
Dec 19, 2006 - Evans States his Slant on Australian Foreign Policy (7:30 Report)
Dec 17, 2006 - PM Welcomes Successful Expats (The Australian)
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Ms Jennifer Nason