Carrillo Gantner, Patron of Asialink and former Chairman, first visited China in February 1977 and went on to become one of the most influential Australian cultural ambassadors in history. This year he delivered the Annual Address for the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture.
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC has called for Australia to address the underrepresentation of Asian-Australians in senior leadership positions, in a wide-ranging Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Asia Lecture in Sydney.
Former Australian Ambassador John McCarthy says Australia now faces the challenge of forging a national consensus on an external security policy that reflects our self-confidence and maturity as a nation.
Each year the Asialink Leaders Program goes to Canberra for an intensive series of discussions with senior leaders in government, academia and the diplomatic corps. Last week they were invited to the Chinese Embassy for dinner, at the invitation of the Ambassador.