USI of the ACT White Paper (WP15) series

  • 01 Jul 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
  • Harmonie German Club Narrabundah

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The Kokoda Future Strategic Leaders' Program and USI of the ACT

USI of ACT will conduct a series of evening panels designed to engage our members and the wider public in debate on the forthcoming White Paper on Defence (WP15). There are three major events planned and designed in a way that will maximise our engagement with the National Security community in the ACT and region. We are meeting once at our traditional venue at the Australian Defence College, once in a community setting, and once again at a venue convenient to academia.

Our Panels have attracted high-profile members of academia, the media, and the Defence community to act as panellists and moderators. These are not-to-be missed events on the National Security agenda. We intend to document the outcomes of our meetings and expect to provide these to Government as part of it planned public engagement process.
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SECOND EVENT - PANEL

PANEL ONE - JULY

Panel – Australia’s National Security Policy Settings

Panellist - Natalie Sambhi
Natalie Sambhi is an Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Editor of ASPI’s blog, The Strategist. Natalie’s current research focuses on Indonesia and Southeast Asian security. Before joining ASPI, Natalie worked at Department of Defence as a capability analyst and at FAHCSIA.

Panellist - Scott Ferguson
Scott is a post-graduate student at the Strategic Defence Study Centre and a member of the Kokoda Foundation's Future Strategic Leader's Program, established by the Kokoda Foundation to develop the professional skills of the next generation of Australia’s national security leaders.

Panellist - Gai Brodtmann
Gai Brodtmann is the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, and the Federal Member for Canberra. Prior to that, she was a federal public servant, primarily with Foreign Affairs and Trade and Attorney-General. Gai has represented Australia in India and has worked on a range of international and domestic issues, from Indigenous youth development and climate change to defence capability, tax and foreign policy.

Panellist - David Fawcett
David Fawcett has served as a Liberal Party Senator for South Australia since July 2011. Prior to his election, David was the Director and Principal Consultant of Fawcett Consulting Pty Ltd, providing professional services to the Defence and Aerospace sectors. Prior to Parliament, David served for over 22 years in the ADF as an Army officer, completing service as the CO of the RAAF's Aircraft Research and Development Unit.

Panellist - John Blaxland
Dr John Blaxland is a Senior Fellow at ANU's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and writes about military history, intelligence and security and Asia-Pacific affairs. He is a former Chief Staff Officer for Joint Intelligence Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command and was Australia’s Defence Attaché to Thailand and Burma from 2008-2010.

Correspondent - Nic Stuart
Nic Stuart is a columnist with the Canberra Times. He previously lectured and tutored in Journalism at the University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology. He has also written three books; Kevin Rudd - an unauthorised political biography, What Goes Up - the 2007 election, and Rudd's Way, 2007 - 2010.

Moderator –TBC)



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