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Thu 8 Oct 2015, 7:00pm–11:00pm

Where: The Australian Club, 110 William Street, Melbourne, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Member: $130.00
  • Non Member: $175.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: sinead_ferris

Former Governor-General and legal expert Sir Zelman Cowen dedicated his life to engaging the Australian public in international affairs. The Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria's annual Sir Zelman Cowen Oration features an eminent speaker discussing a current issue that affects how Australia engages with the world, to honour this life-long commitment.

The 2015 Sir Zelman Cowen Oration and Gala Dinner will be presented by Mr Ahmed Fahour.

I’ll Ride With You: Social inclusion and resilience in an era of violent extremism

The fall-out from recent international conflicts and domestic incidents has prompted questions within Australian media, cultural and political spheres. How do these incidents challenge perceptions of Australian identity? Is Australia resilient enough to resolve these tensions and build on our enviable reputation as an inclusive, multicultural society?

Mr Ahmed Fahour has established a reputation for successfully leading major corporations through periods of disruptive change. He is currently the MD & CEO of Australia Post and he was formerly the Australian CEO of NAB. Mr Fahour has also been involved in numerous multicultural initiatives, including his current role as Patron of the Islamic Museum of Australia. He is a passionate advocate for diversity, social inclusion and the benefits of Australian multiculturalism.

Appreciation: The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP

Josh Frydenberg is the Federal Member for Kooyong and the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia. Previously he held a number of influential positions, including Assistant Treasurer, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, senior advisor to then Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Prime Minister John Howard; and, in his business career, Director of Global Banking at Deutsche Bank.

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