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The Association offers a wide range of events on current issues including Economic Updates, Finance and Investment, Sustainability, Corporate and Social Responsibility, Public Policy, and the Annual Spring Lecture series with notable speakers.
Upcoming Corporate Programs

Welcome Lunch for Hon. Nick Minchin
Australian Consul General, New York
Thursday, 23 October, 2014 - 12 noon to 2pm
J.P. Morgan Chase 
270 Park Avenue, New York NY
Members $50 | Non Members $65
Tickets available here >>


Past Corporate Programs

Foreign Policy Focus 'A Larger Australia' with Dr. Michael Fullilove, Executive Director, The Lowy Institute for International Policy
Thursday, 8 May 2014
BNP Paribas, 787 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor, New York
In this thought provoking speech, Dr. Fullilove calls for a 'larger Australia' to meet the myriad of international challenges that the country faces.
Dr. Fullilove - "We are facing unprecedented changes that will test us as a people. To pass this test, we need to muscle up.  We need to be a larger country, with a larger tool chest, a larger debate and a larger foreign policy". 
Sponsored by: BNP Paribas Investment Partners N.A.
Connecting Countries - American Australian Association & Telstra Global Lunch
Harvard Club of New York
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
The American Australian Association and Telstra Global – a leading global supplier of managed network services and the international data, voice and satellite services – hosted a lunch event in New York, in partnership with The Economist, on new pan-Asia research into doing business in the region.

The study, which includes interviews with more than 4,100 executives and managers with national or multinational company experience working in Asia, revealed that U.S. businesses are not only performing well within Asia but in fact outranking their international peers within high-growth regions.

Effective Communication & Public Speaking  - Breakfast Discussion
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
Australian Consulate General - Monash Room
Guest Speakers: Sally Grant, Toastmasters International & Karol Ward, Licensed Psychotherapist, Author, Speaker & Confidence Expert
An instructive and interactive breakfast discussion
What is public speaking?
What makes an effective communicator?
Where are you at?
Tips and Tricks
"The need for good speakers and communicators in today's world is more valuable then ever. Now is the time for inspiration, clear guidance and sound strategies. Those who can deliver that kind of message will be sought after to speak in many areas of business". Karol Ward, LCSW
Finance & Investment Series - Panel Discussion & Networking Reception
'Making Cents - Aussie Dollar Outlook'

20 November 2013
Ernst & Young LLP, New York

Amber Rabinov, Senior Economist, ANZ Bank
John Stoltzfus,  Chief Market Strategist, Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc
Mike Newton, Portfolio Manager, Nomura
Moderator: Cameron Whiteley, Head of FX Investor Sales for hte Americas.Panelists:
Sponsored by: ANZ Bank

Lunch and Inaugural Address - The Hon. Joe Hockey MP, Treasurer, Commonwealth of Australia
J.P. Morgan Chase
15 October 2013

Mr. Hockey gave his first key note address as Treasurer to a packed American Australian Association business lunch hosted by J.P. Morgan in New York on October 15. 2013.

At the outset, and in a speech of the same name, the Treasurer said 'Australia is open for business, open for investment and is going for growth' and detailed an action plan on how the Abbott Coalition government intends to foster business and consumer confidence.

Sponsored by: J.P. Morgan

Lunch with the Hon. Michael O'Brien MLA
Treasurer of Victoria, Australia
2 October 2013
The Harvard Club of New York

Immigration & Tax Seminar with BAL Corporate Immigration
21 May 2013
Australian Consulate General, New York
Tim Denney, BAL Corporate Immigration - Immigration Options for Australia
Liane Cooney, BAL Corporate Immigration - Immigration Options for the USA
Arthur R. Kerr II, Vacovec Mayotte & Singer LLP - U.S. Tax Matters for Australian & NZ Expatriates

United Nations Commission on the Status for Women - 2013 Debrief & Australian Perspective
12 March 2013  - 8:30am to 10am
Enstoa Inc, Boardroom, 655 3rd Avenue, Suite 7
New York NY
UN Women National Committee Australia representatives Beth Shaw and youth delegate Anna Johnson spoke at a breakfast discussion and provided a global overview of current issues affecting women; as well as issues impacting Australian women.

DISCUSSION & RECEPTION - When Opportunity Knocks: Australian Executive Employment Trends
with Jason Johnson
7 March 2013
Australian Consulate General, New York 
6:30pm - Discussion / Q&A
7:30pm - Reception
Australian wine and beer
Snack hors d’oeuvres including pies and sausage rolls

Luncheon Address Australia's Changing Economy with The Hon. Bill Shorten MP, Minister for Employment & Workplace Relations; Minister for Financial Services & Superannuation
18 July 2012
The Harvard Club, New York
On Wednesday July 18th, 2012 the American Australian Association presented a Luncheon Address 'Australia's Changing Economy' by the The Hon. Bill Shorten, Minister for Employment & Workplace Relations; Minister for Financial Services & Superannuation. 

American Australian Association Chairman, Malcolm Binks AO welcomed Minister Shorten and guests to the lunch which was sponsored by Chevron Corporation and held at The Harvard Club of New York City.  More >>

That's Life: An Evening with Derryn Hinch
12 June 2012
Australian Consulate General, New York
On June 12th, the American Australian Association had the pleasure of welcoming Derryn Hinch to New York.  Over 80 people gathered to hear from one of Australia's most controversial and well-known media figures. Hinch spoke candidly to the audience about his long career in the media spotlight as well as his personal battle with cancer - which resulted in a life-saving liver transplant in June 2011.  View photos >>
Photo by Trevor Collens / 

Lunch with Senator the Hon. Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs
10 April 2012
JP Morgan Corporate Headquarters, New York
On April 10th, 2012 the American Australian Association 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.  

The Middle East: A View from Behind the Frontline
Michael Ware, Former Correspondent, CNN & Time Magazine
21 March 2012
Sidley Austin LLP, New York
Listen to Michael Ware's emotional discussion on his time as a war correspondent for CNN and Time Magazine, living and working in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2003 to 2008. 
Download video presenation here>>

The Rise of Asia: Challenges for Australia and America
Dr. Michael Wesley, Executive Director, The Lowy Institute for International Policy
9 March 2012
Commonwealth Bank of Australia, New York
Dr. Michael Wesley addressed Association Board and Business Council Members at a Boardroom lunch hosted by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

President Obama's Visit and United States-Australia-China Relations
Dr. Michael Fullilove, Director Global Affairs, The Lowy Institute
6 February 2012
Ernst & Young Corporate Headquarters, New York
On Feb 6th Dr Michael Fullilove, Global Programs Director at the Lowy Institute, addressed American Australian Association members at Ernst & Young on the United States - Australia Alliance & the Rise of China. Jack Bartel, Griffith University Honors student reports...  More  >>

Securitization in the U.S. and Australia: Where are we Now?
19 January 2012
Mayer Brown LLP Offices, New York
The American Australian Association & G'Day USA hosted a panel discussion on lessons to be learned from the Australian experience.
Hon. David Bradbury MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Australian Government
James Austin, Chief Financial Officer, First Mac Ltd
John Barry, Head of Securitization, Australasia, National Australia Bank
Laurie Goodman, Sr. Managing Director, Amherst Securities Group
David Moffitt, Partner, Mead Park Management
Moderator: Jason Kravitt, Senior Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
Sponsored by: First Mac & Genworth
Supporting Sponsors: Mayer Brown and News Corporation

Discussion and Reception - The Brown Agenda: Toxic Waste and the Environment
Richard Fuller, Founder and President, The Blacksmith Institute
13 September 2011
Australian Consulate General, New York
Richard Fuller discusses the impact of toxic pollution in the developing world on the health of the world's people and  learn what we can do to overcome and prevent from occurring in the future.

Finance & Investment Series - Panel Discussion & Networking Reception
'Is the $ Aussie Dollar a Bubble?'
12 July 2011
Australian Consulate General, New York
Richard Franulovich, Chief Currency Strategist, Westpac Institutional Bank
Dan Dorrow, Head of Research, Faros Trading
Francois Du Pasquier, Managing Director, Head of Foreign Exchange & Commodities, Citi Private Bank N.A.
Moderator: Emma Moody, Markets Editor, The Wall Street Journal
Sponsored by: Telstra International

Finance & Investment Lunch with The Hon Andrew Stoner MP
Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade & Investment, Minister for Regional Services and Infrastructure, NSW Government
30 June 2010
The Deputy Premier addressed U.S. financial services leaders at a private luncheon in New York.

Discussion & Reception: Your Bite of the Big Apple - Navigating your way in Buying, Selling & Renting NYC Real Estate
23 June 2010
Australian Consulate General, New York
A Panel Discussion & Networking Reception full of information about purchasing, selling, financing and renting an apartment or home in New York City.


Discussion and Reception - Global & Mobile: Options for Americans & Australians in Both Countries
17 May 2011
Australian Consulate General, New York

Tim Denney, Stirling Henry Global Migration - Immigration Options for Australia (download presentation)
Liane Cooney, BAL Corporate Immigration - Immigration Options for the USA (download presentation)
Peter Harper, CST Tax - Taxation Implications

Annual Spring Lecture Lunch: America Australia Asia and the World Economy
Glenn Stevens, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
13 April 2011
Citigroup Building
Read a transcript of the Governor's speech: 'America, Australia Asia and the World Economy'
Sponsored by: Citigroup

Welcome Reception with Kurt Fearnley
Ernst & Young Corporate Headquarters
Nov 2010
An inspiring and motivational presentation from 4 time NYC ING Marathon champion, Australian gold medalist paralympic champion and marathon man of wheel chair sports.
Sponsored by: Ernst & Young
Annual Lecture Series: Directions in Australian - American Relations
Ambassador of Australia to the U.S., The Hon Kim Beazley, AC
27 October 2010
The Corporate Office of J.P. Morgan Chase
The Association hosted Australia's new Ambassador to the United States, the Hon Kim Beazley at the 2010 Annual Lecture Lunch. 
Sponsored by: Chevron Corporation & J.P. Morgan


tockmarkets: Which Way is Up?
Finance and Investment Series Panel Discussion & Networking Reception
28 July 2010
Australian Consulate General
Panel Speakers:
Carter Braxton Worth, Chief Market Technician, Oppenheimer
Zachary Karabell, President, Riverview Twice Research
Asit Sen, Managing Director, Senior Analyst, Madison Williams
Moderator: Anthony Hughes, New York Correspondent, Australian Financial Review
Sponsored by: BNY Mellon

Lunch and Discussion - Nuclear: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Dr. Geoff Shaw, Representative of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency
26 May 2010
Australian Mission to the United Nations
Dr. Shaw discussed the role of the IAEA, non-proliferation and disarmament, recent developments in US and Australian Nuclear policy as well as current issues: Iran, North Korea and peaceful use of nuclear technology.

Discussion and Reception - Recent Trends in American and Australian Immigration
10 May 2010
Australian Consulate General
Tim Denney (Stirling Henry Global Migration) and Jane Orgel (Jane Orgel P.C.) spoke at this free immigration seminar to discuss recent trends in Australian and American immigration as well as visa, green card and citizenship information.

Mates? Obama - Rudd and the Alliance
Dr. Michael Fullilove, Director - Global Issues Program, The Lowy Institute for International Policy and Non-Resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institute

14 April 2010
The Offices of Debevoise and Plimpton LLP

There is more to the Australia - U.S. relationship than simply a military alliance.  Typically it reflects the personalities and priorities of the two incumbent heads of government - on this occasion a Labor Prime Minister and Democrat President...  Dr. Fullilove analyzed the developing relationship between the two leaders and the future of the alliance.

Investor Lunch with the Premier of Western Australia, The Hon. Colin Barnett MLA
9 April 2010
Sponsored by News Corporation
The American Australian Association hosted an investor luncheon on Friday, 9 April 2010 for the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon Colin Barnett. The high level executive lunch was sponsored by News Corporation and attended by CEO and Chairman Rupert Murdoch AC.  Robert Thomson, Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal introduced the Premier to invited guests.
4 March 2010
Le Cirque
Over 50 people attended the evening, which included a discussion and Q&A with Australian Executive Chefs Craig Hopson, from Le Cirque and Shaun Hergatt, from SHO Shaun Hergatt Restaurant. The discussion moderator is Divya Gugnani from ‘Behind the Burner’
18 February 2010
The Offices of Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Jill Lester, President and CEO, The Hunger Project addressed an audience of corporate business leaders on February 18th on the issue Global Hunger and a Role for Business Leaders.  The lunch was sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
2 December 2009
The Offices of Bowne
The Association invited its members and guests to an Evening Reception with Australian Rugby Union Captain who represented Australia from 1984 to 1995.

Finance & Investment Series Panel Discussion
20 October 2009

The Business Council presented the next installment in the Finance & Investment series.  Panelists will address the topic 'Wall Street and Main Street  - Where Are We Right Now?’. 
Panelists: Citi, Fortress Invesetment Group, Mount Kellett Capital Management, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Moderator: The Wall Street Journal

Networking Reception with MP Delegation
5 October 2009
The Pratt Residence, Sherry Netherland Hotel

A delegation of visiting Australian Members of Parliament from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia gathered for a Networking Reception on October 5.  From the penthouse of the Pratt Residence in the Sherry Netherland Hotel, enjoyed fine views of 5th Avenue and Central Park while mingling with the delegates, including Senator John Hogg, President of the Senate and Delegation leader.


Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia
23 September 2009

In association with the Foreign Policy Association, AAA Members and Guests attended the World Leadership Forum Luncheon honoring Kevin Rudd and full day of a programs.
Gary Quinlan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, New York
September 17, 2009 
The Association hosted a Welcome Lunch with Gary Quinlan, the new Australian Ambassador to the UN for Members and Guests.

Corporate Migration Seminar
Tim Denney, General Manager, Stirling Henry Global Migration

Michael J. Wildes, Partner, Wildes & Weinberg P.C.
3 September 2009 
This seminar and consultation focused on US and Australian visas, greencards, residence and citizenship.

Download seminar notes here.

Robert Thomson, Editor-in-Chief, Dow Jones & Company and Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal, New York
2 June 2009

The 2009 Spring Lecture by Robert Thomson was on the subject of  "Old News, New News, No News???" for Members and Guests at J.P. Morgan's corporate headquarters.

Welcome Lunch: Phillip H. Scanlan AM, Australia's Consul General for New York

The Association invited Members and Guests to a Welcome Lunch with Phil Scanlan, the new Consul General for Australia.

Corporate Sponsors: Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Goldman Sachs JBWere and Westpac Institutional Bank

Author Series: Terry Hawkins, Australia's #1 Female Speaker
April 29, 2009

The Association hosted a dynamic evening presentation and reception with Terry Hawkins, Australia's  sought after female speaker.

Luncheon with The Hon Senator Penny Wong
The Association was delighted to host Australia's Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator The Honorable Penny Wong, for a Luncheon and discussion on Australia's Climate Change Initiatives: Creating a Low Pollution Economy
Co-Sponsored by: Alcoa and Westpac Institutional Bank

Finance & Investment Series
A Panel Discussion and Reception: After the Crisis - United States, China and Australia - What are the Prospects for the Future?

Public Policy
Mike Smith, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate presented on - Global Terrorism Today: How Serious Is It and What Can Be Done to Prevent It? An Insider's View from the UN.
The Association launched a new series of programs focused on Environmental Sustainability Initiatives.

"Lord Howe Island - One of the World's Best Environmental Management Schemes" with Ian Hutton OAM, Island Naturalist 

Guest Speaker Series
The Association is honored to present high level visiting Australian and New Zealand government representatives and the CEOs of Australia's largest companies as guest speakers.
The finance and Investment series has focused on current issues including: Infrastructure Financing, Economic Outlook, and The Credit Crisis.
Previously sponsored by: Mayer Brown and Nixon Peabody.

This series focuses on Women in Business to bring together and share business experiences of successful Australian and New Zealand women living and working in New York.  Forums have included, "Diversity and Leadership, Missteps and Leaps Foward."

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