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2nd International Defence and Security Dialogue
Australia’s Immediate Neighbourhood:
The Strategic Outlook and its Defence and Security Implications

 
Programme and Transcripts

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0800 – 0850 REGISTRATION
SESSION 1: THE STRATEGIC OUTLOOK – REGIONAL OVERVIEW
Chair: Group Captain Doug Roser (Ret’d)
President, Royal United Services Institute of New South Wales
0850 – 0900 Welcome and Introduction to the Dialogue
Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, AC, CVO
Governor of New South Wales and Patron of the Royal United Services Institute
0900 – 0955 Keynote Address and 2013 Blamey Oration*
The Strategic Outlook for Melanesia

Professor Richard Herr, OAM,
Honorary Director, Centre for International and Regional Affairs, University of Fiji

 
0955 – 1000 Presentation of 2013 Blamey Medallion to the Blamey Orator
Brigadier David Leece, PSM, RFD, ED (Ret’d) on behalf of Major General David McLachlan, AO (Ret’d)
Chairman, The Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Memorial Fund
*The Blamey Oration
The Blamey Oration perpetuates the memory of Field Marshal Sir Thomas Albert Blamey, GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED, Australia’s highest ranking serviceman, who was commander-in-chief concurrently of the Australian Military Forces and the Allied Land Forces, South-West Pacific Area, from 1942 to 1945 when Australia’s security was directly threatened by Japan.
1000 – 1030 MORNING TEA
SESSION 2: THE STRATEGIC OUTLOOK – INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES
Chair: Brigadier David Leece, PSM, RFD, ED (Ret’d)
Vice-President, Royal United Services Institute of New South Wales
1030 - 1100 The Strategic Outlook: Timor-Leste
Message from Dr José Ramos-Horta, GCL
Address by Professor Damien Kingsbury

Director, Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights, Deakin University

 
1100 - 1130 The Strategic Outlook: Papua New Guinea
Dr Ronald May,
Emeritus Fellow, State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Programme, Australian National University

 
1130 - 1200 The Strategic Outlook: Fiji
Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka, CF, OBE, OStJ (Ret’d)
Former Prime Minister of Fiji and Chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs

 
1200 - 1230 The Strategic Outlook: New Zealand
Mr John McKinnon
Former Secretary of Defence, New Zealand
1230 – 1330 LUNCH
SESSION 3: IMPLICATIONS FOR AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN, DEFENCE AND SECURITY POLICIES
Chair: Air Vice-Marshal Bruce Short, AM, RFD (Ret’d)
Vice-President, Royal United Services Institute of New South Wales
1330 - 1400 Foreign Policy Implications
Ms Jenny Hayward-Jones
Director, Melanesia Programme, Lowy Institute for International Policy

 
1400 - 1430 Defence Policy and Force Structure Implications
Mr Michael Shoebridge
First Assistant Secretary Strategic Policy, Department of Defence, Australia
1430 - 1500 Security, Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance Policy Implications
Dr Alan Ryan
Executive Director, Australian Civil-Military Centre

 
1500 – 1530 AFTERNOON TEA
SESSION 4: PANEL DISCUSION
Moderator: Air Vice Marshal Bob Treloar, AO, RAAFAR
Immediate Past-President, Royal United Service Institute of New South Wales
1530 – 1640 Panel Discussion and Audience Participation
Panellists:
Professor Richard Herr, OAM, University of Fiji
Professor Damien Kingsbury, Deakin University
Dr Ronald May, Australian National University
Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka, CF, OBE, OStJ (Ret’d), Fiji
Mr John McKinnon, New Zealand
Ms Jenny Hayward-Jones, Lowy Institute for International Policy
Mr Michael Shoebridge, Department of Defence, Australia
Dr Alan Ryan, Australian Civil-Military Centre
1640 – 1655 Summation of Dialogue
Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN
Commander, Australian Fleet, and Vice-Patron of the Royal United Services Institute

 
1655 – 1700 Concluding Remarks
Group Captain Doug Roser (Ret’d)
President, Royal United Services Institute of New South Wales
 


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