THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008
FORMAL EVENING PROGRAM
Australia: The New Hub Between East and West
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C.
We invite you to come meet Mr. David Stuart from the Embassy of Australia. He will bring us up to present
time about his continent’s important new global roles. If asked, most people KNOW three things about
Australia, aside from koalas and kangeroos and birds they can name. People will say Australia is vast, remote,
and a “lucky country”, blessed with natural resources that support its economy.
Today Australia is Exerting Leadership in Global Issues
Mr. Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister, won his office last December 2007, in a landslide victory by the Labor
Party, reflecting Parliament’s support of the following initiatives.
Mr. Rudd Proposes Making Australia the Most Asia-literate Country in the Collective West
The initiative includes establishing a strong alliance between the U.S. and Asian nations. Mr. Rudd describes
it as an “Asia-Pacific Community”. Observers such as The Economist point to Mr. Rudd’s sophistication in
his Asian diplomacy, including his ability to speak fluent Mandarin and his knowledge of the region’s history
as supporting his goals.
Australia’s Government Has Committed to New Proposals for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and
Mr. Rudd is setting up an international commission — led by Australia — to be in force by 2009. Many
believe the current forums in the region are no longer suited to the new challenges being faced. These include
the rise of China and India as both economic and nuclear powers.
Mr. Rudd is Called the “Climate Change” Prime Minister
Australia seeks to counter its position as one of the world’s highest per person emitters of greenhouse gases.
This is due to its reliance on coal, according to The Economist. The government promises to cut emissions
by 60% of 2000 levels by 2050. He is encountering controversy. Green groups accuse his government of
making concerssions to the coal industry because of the use permits on carbon emissions.
New Social Measures for Aboriginese Communities
Mr. Rudd formally apologized in February for past injustices, reportedly opening the way for expansion of
social programs introduced by his predecessor. Goals include further health and education and reducing
violence. Informed people believe aborginese futures will be ensured from developing their economies with
support from the private sector and government assistance.
Looking for Foreign Labor
Australia is in its 17th year of uninterrupted economic growth. Unlike the U.S. and some other countries,
where immigration is declining, Australia latest annual program for permanent migration has increased
available places for skilled labor by 30 per cent (total skilled labor places are 133,000 of the total migration
program of 190,000) is seeking some 300,00 foreign workers to address the skills shortage that accompanies
its economic successes.
Join us in welcoming Mr. Stuart and becoming better acquainted with Australia. You will have the opportunity to extend questions and comments to him immediately following his formal presentation.
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3180 West Market Street - Fairlawn
(Across from Summit Mall — Ghent Road Exit from I-77)
6:00 p.m. Registration/Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion
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Reception - Dinner - Formal Program
- Individual Registrations
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