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Akio Makigawa  

Book Launch - Akio Makigawa

9 September, Melbourne

Asialink is proud to present the launch of 'Akio Makigawa' published by Carlier Makigawa. The book, launched by Ms Louise Myer, is Akio Makigawa's beautiful legacy.

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Louise from Transforming Health in Asia event  

Transforming Health in Asia

25 August, Melbourne

This interactive forum looked at the healthcare challenges in Asia and the opportunities it presents for Australia’s innovation and technology. The forum brought together leaders in health from business, government, research, policy makers and the region.

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State of the Nation: China  

State of the Nation: China

14 August, Melbourne

At The State of the Nation: China events our expert Panels provided the latest insights and predictions.

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Hon Dominic Perrottet MP  

Next Gen Series: How entrepreneurship is deciding India's future

22 July, Sydney

The NSW Minister for Finance and Services, The Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, spoke at Asialink's Next Gen Event attended by some of India’s best and brightest young entrepreneurs and professionals visiting Sydney for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summit.

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HE Frances Adamson  

Business Lunch with HE Ms Frances Adamson,
Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China

26 June, Sydney, 3 July, Melbourne

Australia’s Ambassador to China, Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson, delivered a keynote speech on the relationship between Australia and China, including giving her perspectives following the recent visits to Beijing by the Prime Minister and Australian Premiers.

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State of the Nation: Indonesia

5 June, Canberra, 6 June, Melbourne, 10 June, Brisbane, 11 June, Sydney

Suryo Sulisto, arguably Indonesia’s most influential businessman, was joined by a panel of experts who shared their views on a rapidly developing Indonesia and how Australia could engage with Indonesia after its new government takes charge later this year. This event was also held in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.

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State of the Nation: India

3 June, Sydney, 5 June, Melbourne

An in-depth view of what the elections mean for the Australia-India relationship, and for business, with expert panellists Professor Amitabh Mattoo, Director, Australia India Institute; Ruchir Punjabi, Founder & Chair, Langoor and Chair, Australia India Youth Dialogue; and, Rohini Kappadath, Director, Cross-Border Business, Pitcher Partners. This event was also in Sydney.

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andrew stoner  

The Hon Andrew Stoner MP, Deputy Premier of New South Wales on NSW's Asia strategy

22 May, Sydney

The Deputy Premier of NSW, Andrew Stoner, told an Asialink Business lunch it was important to build relationships with national, regional and municipal governments in key Asian markets.

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Next Gen: Grant Dooley - A diverse career of Australia-China engagement

29 April, Melbourne

As part of the Next Gen event series, Grant Dooley, Co-Head of Hastings Funds Management's Asia Group, was in conversation with Peter Cai, China Editor, Business Spectator, to offer insights for the next generation of business leaders on the challenges of building relationships across cultures.

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Japan conversations  

Conversations Japan

10-12 April, Hiroshima, Japan

The 8th Asialink Conversations were held in Hiroshima, Japan, on 10-12 April in partnership with the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS).

Keynote speakers were the Japanese Foreign Minister, Mr Fumio Kishida, and the Australian Foreign Minister, Hon Julie Bishop MP.

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powering asia's growth  

Powering Asia's growth - discovering the opportunities, understanding the risks

1 April Sydney, 3 April Melbourne

Panellists Chin Chew, Partner, Singapore and Head, Asia-Pacific Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Practice, Baker & McKenzie, Mark Coughlin, Partner, Australian and Asian Energy and Utilities Leader, PwC and Justin McNab, Head of Utilities and Infrastructure Asia, ANZ discussed the investment opportunities for corporate Australia in the power, renewables and broader energy infrastructure sector across Asia – particularly in Southeast Asia.

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Next Gen: People, Processes and Power  

Next Gen: People, Processes and Power

26 March, Melbourne

Panelist Mr Antony Dapiran, Partner, Davis, Polk and Wardwell in Hong Kong and Mr Morry Morgan, Founder of ClarkMorgan Corporate Training, offered their expert insights on businesses caught in difficult situations.

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HR in China  

Public Lecture with Professor Shuming Zhao

24 March, Melbourne

Asialink, Confucius Institute and The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Business and Economics offered a public lecture on HR practices and developments in China By Professor Shuming Zhao, Honorary Dean, School of Business, Nanjing University.

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Harnessing Asia's economic boom for Australia's benefit

11 March, Melbourne

This business briefing featured keynote by Mr Phillip Green OAM, Australia's High Commissioner in Singapore and a panel discussion with Mr. Christopher Rees, Senior Trade Commissioner, Singapore, Austrade and Mr Guy Scott, President, AustCham Singapore on how Australia can take better advantage of Singapore’s emergence as a major centre for global wealth and regional business.

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Zoe Book launch  

Launch of 'Storyteller' by Zoe Daniel

4 March, Melbourne

Zoe Daniel is the ABC's former South East Asia Correspondent. Her new book, Storyteller, is a frank and brave memoir, as much about the events that capture our attention as it is about a personal story of the universal juggle of work, ambition and family amid the unpredictability of life and the predictability of the 24/7 media cycle.

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Chairman's Welcome  

Asialink Chairman's Welcome

20 February, Melbourne

The event featured the Australia Japan Foundation Annual Address by Professor Takatoshi Ito, Professor of Economics and Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, and the presentation of the 2013 Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Asia Medal to Mr John So JP, former Lord Mayor of Melbourne

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Geoff Raby

Perspectives on China in 2014

14 February, Sydney

Former Australian Ambassador to China, Mr Geoff Raby and Bill Yuan, Director, China Tax Practice, PwC Shanghai, offered their perspectives on how economic reform and the new Shanghai Free Trade Pilot Zone will impact Australian businesses.

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Trust in our Region

Trust in our Region

11 February, Melbourne

In its 14th year globally, the Edelman Trust Barometer gathers data and insights about trust and credibility in business, government, media and NGOs. A panel discussed exploring trust in our region and its impact on Australian businesses expanding into or operating in Asia.

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Tony Abbott  

2013 Asialink Chairman's Dinner: The 'Weary' Dunlop lecture and launch of the PwC Melbourne Institute Asialink Index, keynote by The Honourable Tony Abbott MP

5 December, Melbourne

Mr Abbott delivered the 2013 Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Lecture to more than 320 leaders from business, government, academia and the health and arts sectors at a gala function held at the Park Hyatt Hotel.

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State of the Nation: Indonesia  

Indonesian growth creates opportunities for Australian business

25 June in Melbourne, 27 June in Sydney

Indonesia’s remarkable consumer growth and the potential opportunities for Australian business were central to panel discussions at Asialink’s State of the Nation: Indonesia events in Melbourne and Sydney.

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Launch of Sydney Office

NSW Premier launches Asialink Sydney

14 March 2013, Sydney

Developing the Asia capability of NSW’s workforce could mean the difference between success and failure as the State diversified its direct investment profile across the economy, the NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell, told the launch of Asialink’s Sydney office.

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Penny Wong

Senator Penny Wong: Australia in the Asian Century

7 March 2013, Melbourne

Australia’s geographical location was an advantage but no guarantee of success in the Asian Century, the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator Penny Wong, told an Asialink Business Lunch.

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Peter Varghese

DFAT Secretary Peter Varghese warns of maritime challenge

19 February 2013, Melbourne

The Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese, says Australia and others in the Indo Pacific should give more attention to mechanisms to handle incidents at sea before they become a crisis.

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FM Carr launches Asialink Index

FM Carr launches Asialink Index

26 October 2012, Melbourne

Australia-Asia engagement is improving, but there is still work to be done on the people-to-people level, said Senator the Hon. Bob Carr at the launch of the 2012 PwC Melbourne Institute Asialink Index.

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Malcolm Fraser

Australia - US relations in the Asian Century¿

25 September 2012, Melbourne

Australia must become less reliant on the United States and play a more independent role with a rising China, says former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.¿. ¿

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Malcolm Fraser book launch

When China Rules the World

18 September 2012, Melbourne

Australia is leading the West into a new era of Chinese ascendancy, according to author and China-expert Martin Jacques.

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Elizabeth Masamune

State of the Nation: Japan

18 July 2012, Sydney & 1 August 2012, Melbourne

Austrade’s Elizabeth Masamune says that Japan’s view of Australia has changed considerably in the last five years “and we didn’t even notice.”

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Greg Moriarty

Ambassador Greg Moriarty launches State of the Nation series

17 May 2012, Melbourne

Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty gave an update on contemporary Indonesia as part of the first State of the Nation forum. Education, investment and even Facebook are all discussed in his list of ten things worth knowing about Indonesia.  

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Rudd: Understanding “the minds of Asia” is crucial for Australia

16 April 2012, Melbourne

Australia must devote more resources to understanding the “minds of Asia” and their diverse cultures, said The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Member for Griffith.   

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Brumby, Hartcher, Middleton launch The Sweet Spot

25 March 2012, Melbourne

What is the source of Australia’s long-term prosperity, and is it likely to end soon? Former Premier of Victoria The Hon John Brumby joined author and journalist Peter Hartcher along with the ABC’s Jim Middleton for a lively discussion.   

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Michael Yuen  

What is a city in booming China?

23 February 2012, Melbourne

Former Asialink Arts resident Michael Yuen has lived and worked in China during the one of the most rapid urbanisation shifts in human history. Michael discussed the social impacts of this change at an intimate event at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre.   

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Chairman's Welcome 2012  

2012 Asialink Chairman's Welcome

20 February 2012, Melbourne

Asialink's traditional start to the year is designed to give members and stakeholders a preview of the key issues coming up in Australia-Asia relations. This year, following an introduction from selected program directors, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ms Gillian Bird addressed a packed room at Freehills.

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