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
MELBOURNE, 5 December 2013 – More Australians being able to speak Asian languages, catch cultural meanings and navigate local networks will be central to building unity and harmony in the Asian region, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, told the annual Asialink Chairman’s Dinner in 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.
Following the Prime Minister’s speech, the annual Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Asia Medal was awarded to John So, the former long-serving Lord Mayor of Melbourne. Mr So was the first person to be directly elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and the first Melbourne Lord Mayor of Asian descent.
The 2013 PwC Melbourne Institute Asialink Index—the only comprehensive, long-term measure of Australia’s engagement with Asia – was launched at the dinner. It shows big increases in tourism and migration engagement between Australia and Asia, particularly with China and India. To view the 2013 Index go to: www.asialinkindex.com.au