Aussie’s beach passion by Robert Drewe

SOMETIMES A WRITER HITS THE BEACH WITH A SPLASH. Robert Drewe, the Melbourne-born Western Australian writer launched an historical read on the Aussie beach scene in Canberra earlier this month. It’s published just in time for the Christmas rush. It’s a great book packed with ideas of sun, sand and surf on coastal Australia.  The …

Goldfields and the Mining Forum

MINING FORUM SET IN THE GOLDFIELDS OF W.A.  Geoscientists I’ve interviewed for Geoscience Australia’s (GA) History of Australian geoscience oral history program talked about their beginnings in geology.* Some geologists I’ve interviewed started their careers in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (W.A.). Some attended the Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) (http://wasm.curtin.edu.au/) which is now part of Curtin University. Some ‘geos’ talked sentimentally about the impact which …

Heritage Learning Experiences in Canberra

A UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA RESEARCHER KEEPS HERITAGE ON THE MAP. It’s not every day that heritage curators meet their audience, but in mid-July this year several university researchers braved Canberra’s winter weather to do so. They presented their research findings at a heritage symposium for industry, government, university and not-for-profit delegates. The ACT and Region Annual …

Australian artist and a poet recognised with Five Bells

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST JOHN OLSEN LAUNCHES BOOK ON FIVE BELLS Acclaimed artist, John Olsen, AO OBE, launched his new book My Salute to Five Bells in Canberra on 19 July 2015. He was in conversation with Dr Deborah Hart of the National Gallery of Australia as part of the launch. John Olsen painted a mural for …

Strategic partnering working for New Zealand & China – Part Two

WITH A LITTLE NETWORKING – THE CONVERSATION REALLY WORKED. The new report New Zealand’s China Policy: Building a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was officially launched in Canberra on 14 July 2015. This strategic partnering for New Zealand and China was conducted at the Australian Centre for China in the World (CIW), Fellows Lane at the Australian National University in Canberra. …

Strategic partnership working for New Zealand & China – Part One

NEW ZEALAND & CHINA HAVE A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP – WITH AUSTRALIA’S SUPPORT. The new report launched by the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) of the University of Technology, Sydney says China looms large in New Zealanders’ awareness of international influences on their wellbeing. Professor Bob Carr of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), and Mr Tony Browne, Executive Chairman of the …

Radio 2XX FM nominated Education Representative

UNIVERSITY HOUSE AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU) NOMINATED DR FIONA ROTHCHILDS AS EDUCATION REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF RADIO STATION 2XX FM IN CANBERRA IN 2014. Dr Rothchilds held the position of Education Representative with Radio Station 2XX FM for eight months while working as a Fellow at University House, ANU, Canberra. The letter was provided to her by the Board …

An industrial election for the Media Alliance in 2015

MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS ALLIANCE (MEAA) ELECTION NOTICE The Fair Work Commission has made arrangements (Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009) with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for elections to be conducted in 2015 for various office positions. All positions are honorary.  The full details are listed here: http://www.aec.gov.au/About_AEC/AEC_Services/Industrial_Elections/files/meaa-election-notice.pdf A.C.T. BRANCH REQUIREMENTS Branch President (1)  …

Public sector development Queensland-style in Canberra

NEVER UNDER-ESTIMATE THE ECONOMICS OF POLITICS. The Australian Public Service Commission has appointed the Business School of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to deliver the Public Sector Management Program (PSMP) across Australia until 2019. The Public Sector Management Program aims to build business of government in partnership with the governments of Australia. The course is …

Definitive meanings of health-related words

USING HEALTH-RELATED WORDS CORRECTLY IS IMPORTANT. An article in The Conversation (07 January 2015, 10.11pm AEDT) prompts writers and readers and experts to use health-related words correctly. This is an important part of public health education. “Explainer: what’s the difference between an outbreak and an epidemic?” is authored by Arinjay Banerjee.   He’s a Ph.D. candidate in …