The Order of Australia Association
National Conference 2020

Future Proof, How Past Experiences Inform Future Challenges

Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th May 2020

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Optional Pre-conference tours/activity – Thursday 7th

9.00am Tour of Menzies School of Health Research with Professor Alan Cass, CEO

11.00am Tour of National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre with Professor Len Notaras, AM

Conference Opening – Thursday 7th

3.30 Welcome to Country – by senior Larrakia man Mr. Bill Risk

Official Opening – Lord Mayor’s engagement

4.00 Keynote Speaker – Challenges in Northern Australia – Barry Coulter AO

Former Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. He particularly promoted Infrastructure Development including airports, mining and the Darwin Port Corporation. Barry was Minister for the Austral Asia Railway from1986 to 1999, and was responsible for the campaign to construct the Alice Springs to Darwin railway, completed in 2001.

His narrative will be around big-picture development – big pastoral stations, roadways, railway, energy future potential and expectations.

Full Conference Day – Friday -8th

9.00 Dramatised presentation: “The Goyder Story” – Peter Forrest.

Peter has been a Darwin-based freelance researcher, historian, radio broadcaster and heritage consultant since the 1970s. With his wife Sheila, he has published 34 books, and written numerous articles and illustrated lectures. Will include actor/singer Liam Stansfield.

9.45 The Oration is by Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO

Administrator of the Northern Territory since 31 October 2017. Former CEO of Somerville Community Services, a local youth, family and community welfare organisation. National President of National Disability Services from 2012-2015

11.00 Panel of Speakers: “Indigenous Challenges and Achievements.” – Speakers TBC

12.30 Lunch

2.00 Interest topic speakers: “… Northern Australia’s Strategic location”
Dr John Coyne – Head of the North and Australia’s Security, Aust Strategic Policy Institute
and Dr. Tom Lewis OAM, former Intelligence Analyst and ADF officer.

3.00 Afternoon Tea

3.30 Jazz combo with dance.

5.30 Reception at Government House.

Full Conference Day – Saturday 9th

8.00 – 10.15 Optional Market activity with breakfast & Museum visit.

10.30 AGM .

12.00 Members’ Forum.

6.30 Conference Dinner

In keeping with the future vision theme of the conference, the Dinner will include a focus on the multi-ethnic fabric of our community. Nine different cultural groups have been invited to support the Dinner, look at this site.

Menu – tastes of the Territory have been requested.

Foundation scholarship winners will be recognised at the Dinner.

Final Day – Sunday 10th

10.00 Wreath-laying function by the Jetty Restaurant

10.30 Informal Brunch at Jetty Restaurant, to include hand-over to next conference.

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