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U.S.-Australia Relations Amid Political Change is Topic of East-West Center Luncheon
HONOLULU (Sept. 19) – Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Kim Beazley will speak on “Political Change and Alliance Continuity in U.S.-Australia Relations” at an Australian American Leadership Dialogue luncheon address on Wed., Sept. 24., at the East-West Center’s Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall, 1777 East-West Road).

Ten months ago, the Australian Labor Party under Kevin Rudd defeated the decade-long conservative coalition government of John Howard.  This November, the U.S. election will bring in a new American president.  These political transitions bring a new era to U.S.-Australian relations.

The Honorable Kim Beazley is uniquely qualified to address this subject. In addition to serving as Deputy Prime Minister, he has been Defense Minister, Education Minister and Federal Leader of the Australian Labor Party. Among his many post-Parliamentary leadership roles, Beazley is Chancellor-designate of Australian National University, Professorial Fellow of Political Science and International Relations at University of Western Australia, and Chairman of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue Advisory Council.

Cost for the luncheon is $20 for co-sponsor members and $22 for the general public. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon program commencing at noon. To make a reservation, contact (808) 944-7111, or [email protected] The event is sponsored by the East-West Center, the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, the Friends of the East-West Center and the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council. Limited parking is available on the grass area between Imin Center and Lincoln Hall. The cost of parking is $3, payable at the guard kiosk on East-West Road.

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The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.