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Update - June 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melanie Chiew
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Ambassador John Berry announced as next president 

American Australian Association President, Frances Cassidy has announced her intention to step down toward the end of 2016.

Association Chairman Jennifer Nason said of Frances Cassidy's 15 years at the helm, "Frances has been instrumental in shaping the Association’s achievements in education, government and in the American-Australian business and social communities, as well as solidifying the Association’s position as the leading private organization supporting American-Australian relations. We wish her all the best in the future”.

‎After an exhaustive global search, U.S. Ambassador John Berry has been selected to take over from Frances on the conclusion of his appointment under the Obama administration as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia. On the selection of Amb. Berry by the Board, Ms. Nason further noted, "John is a visionary leader who is renowned for his exceptional management, change implementation, fundraising and representational skills. He is a true friend of Australia and his appointment will bring new momentum and standing to the Association”. Read more.                                                                     

The Honorable John Berry
United States Ambassador to Australia


The Premier of Victoria, The Hon Daniel Andrews, MP, visited New York at the end of last month as part of an official visit to the United States. 

On May 31, he made a lunchtime address to members of New York's financial community about his Government's infrastructure agenda. With numerous American Australian Association members in attendance, the Premier outlined how the Victorian Government is investing in productivity-enhancing infrastructure to enable the state to take full advantage of its growth potential. Read more.


The American Australian Association’s Education Committee is currently reviewing the Australia to USA applications and will announce the 2016 Education Fellows by early July. From the 100 applications received this year, we will appoint 10 Fellows.

AusArt Fellowship

The Association has awarded Mr. Mark Hilton the AusArt Fellowship. Mark will be an artist in residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program’s two year Ground Floor Program in New York.


On June 30th the Salvation Army will host its inaugural SleepOut Los Angeles event at the historic Rose Bowl. Leaders from the LA community will sleep rough to raise funds and awareness for homelessness in LA County. Please consider participating, donating, and spreading the word.


SleepOut LA is managed by Apricot Consulting, a global company that was founded in Melbourne, AustraliaApricot provides services in Organisational Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Leadership Development.

For more information please visit 


Meat District Co. aims to re-awaken the senses & bring a new kind of dining to the streets of Los Angeles. Located in the heart of Old Pasadena on North Raymond, Meat District Co. collaborated with design rm DS17 to create an enticing blend of old-school and contemporary style in an open yet rustic space, evoking a comfortable and inviting atmosphere where guests are encouraged to eat, relax and “let the addiction begin”.


The American Australian Association's Qantas Airways Summer Cruise Raffle tickets are now available online for purchase. Enter for your chance to win the Grand Prize of two (2) round-trip economy flights from JFK to Australia and runner-up prizes from Five Leaves, Dashing Hounds/Dashing Dames, SKARONG and The Lucky Bee. BUY TICKETS.

Proceeds support the American Australian Association and its Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, assisting aspiring artists in Australia and America.

Click here for more on tickets and prize conditions.


26 Jun: AWNY Picnic in the Park, New York - more information
14 Jul: AAA Westpac Summer Cruise, New York - buy tickets
10 Aug: Rooftop Summer Social, New York - save the date

7-28 Jun: Australian Theatre Company presents Ruben Guthrie, Los Angeles - buy tickets
15 Jun: 11th Annual Australian Budget Review Seminar, New York - more information
16 Jun: 11th Annual Australian Budget Review Seminar, Washington DC - more information
16 Jun: Matt Corby at Terminal 5, New York - buy tickets
27 Jun: MDA's A Taste Down Under, New York - more information
30 Jun: SleepOut Los Angeles - more information


AAA Westpac Summer Cruise
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Members $15 | Non-Members $25 
Buy tickets now


Muscular Dystrophy Association's 
A Taste of Down Under

Monday, 27 June 2016 at Tribeca Rooftop. 
Save $50 with AAA discounted tickets here.


  Lunch with the Victorian Premier,
Hon Daniel Andrews

31 May, Citi Center, New York
See photos

  AAA & AWNY 9/11 Memorial & Museum Private Guided Tour
7 June, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, New York
See photos 


United States to remain most powerful economic force above China, John Howard saysABC News
Turnbull praises US-Aust relationshipSky News
Malcolm Turnbull issues rallying cry for 'irreplaceable anchor' of US in AsiaThe Sydney Morning Herald
Australia's AMP Capital JV to acquire U.S. parking system for $370 millionReuters
Australian retail giant Cotton On gears up for big California expansionLos Angeles Times
Peter Carey accepted into US literary elite but Australian author remains an outsiderABC News
Wine Australia expands US teamThe Shout
As U.S. Banks Exit Commodities, an Australian Rival Takes OverThe Wall Street Journal
Some Of MoMA's Best Works Are Coming To AustraliaThe Huffington Post Australia
Former Australian PM: Pacific region too militarised, a casual incident can cause a warRT
Australians comfortable with rise of China as a new superpowerThe Australian Financial Review
'We the people': What mandatory voting would mean for the United StatesThe Interpreter
US vice-president considers trip to open Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer CentreThe Herald Sun
Bulging Pension Funds Lure U.S. Asset Managers to AustraliaThe Wall Street Journal
Review: Taking the Long Way Home in ‘Last Cab to Darwin’The New York Times


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