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Meet the Politicians at Parliament House (Spaces Limited)

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Date:Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Venue:Parliament House, Canberra  

Association and NFP executives will spend the day at Parliament House networking and learning from key people within the Australian Parliament.

Member Registrations: $660 including GST
NFP Non-Member Registrations: $880 including GST 
(Places are limited)


7:00am           Guests Arrive at Main Public Entrance

 Escorted to Senate Alcove

7:30am           Politicians Breakfast

7:45am           Hon. Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security, Liberal Party

8:30am           Clare O’Neil MP, Shadow Minister for Justice, Labor Party

9:00am           Media Panel - The How To’s?

The media can be a significant factor in aiding an association’s advocacy campaign. This panel will discuss the following:

  • How to best use the media to your advantage
  • How to appropriately approach the media
  • What forms of media will have the biggest affect
  • The federal press gallery and how associations can interact with its members

James Grubel, Strategic Communications Manager, Australian National University                

9:45am           Press Gallery Tour

10:20am        Morning Tea

10:45am         Advocacy Consultancy Presentation

Jane will discuss the advocacy processes she has successfully used, providing a case study of her successful campaign to secure funding for Australian Business events with the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux.

Jane Madden, Partner, Brickfielder Government Engagement

11:30am        Luke Howarth MP, Member for Petrie, Liberal Party of Australia

12:00pm        Susan Templeman MP, Member for Macquarie, Australian Labor Party

12:30pm        Networking Lunch

1:30pm        Advocacy Practitioners Panel 

Advocacy is a key role within associations that can be approached through several methods, including in-house advocacy teams and by using consultants. This experienced panel will discuss:

  • How they have produced successful advocacy campaigns
  • How they have built relationships within parliament
  • Their top tips to advocacy

Kylie Walker, CEO, Science & Technology Australia 
Stephanie Blower, CEO, Australasian Sleep Association
Greg Turnbull, Communications Advisor, The Pharmacy Guild Australia

2:20pm          Reflections and Lessons Learnt

3:05pm          Afternoon Tea 

3:30pm          Question Time

4:00pm          Event Ends


Craig LaundyHon. Angus Taylor MP Minister for Law Enforcement & Cybersecurity, Federal Member for Hume

Angus entered politics in 2013 when he was elected as the Liberal Federal Member for Hume in NSW. He was appointed Minister for Law Enforcement & Cybersecurity in December 2017.

Angus was appointed to parliamentary committees on employment, trade and investment, and public accounts. He was also chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties. Angus was promoted to Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister with special responsibility for Cities and Digital Transformation in February 2016. He was reappointed to the frontbench after the 2016 Federal election.

Gai BrodtmannClare O'Neil MP - Shadow Minister for Justice, Federal Member for Hotham

Clare O’Neil was elected to the Parliament as the Federal Member for Hotham in 2013, and was re-elected in 2016. In July 2016, Clare was appointed to the Shadow Ministry as the Shadow Minister for Justice.  Clare is also a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement.

Immediately before entering Parliament, Clare worked in business as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. There, she worked with CEOs of Australian companies, helping them solve their most difficult problems.

Nick XenophonJane Madden, Partner, Brickfielder Government Engagement 

Jane is a very experienced senior executive with an outstanding international track record of leading teams to address complex challenges, requiring careful stakeholder management.  She has held numerous executive roles within the Australian public sector and diplomatic service.

Before co-founding BrickfielderGE, she was a Deputy Secretary in the Australian Government at Australia's trade and investment agency, Austrade. She has worked extensively overseas, including as Australian Ambassador to UNESCO and Deputy Ambassador to France and Counsellor in Japan.

Julie OwensKylie Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Science & Technology Australia

Kylie Walker is CEO of Science & Technology Australia, Chair of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, and co-Chair of the National Research and Innovation Alliance. She is also a board member of the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service, and a visiting Fellow at the Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.

She has worked as a senior communications and advocacy leader in the STEM sector for more than 10 years, and specialises in connecting scientists and technologists with governments, businesses, media and the Australian public.

Julie OwensCatherine McGrath,Co-founder & Director, Catherine McGrath Media (MC)

Catherine is a Canberra based political specialist and long time, highly respected national and international journalist.

Catherine is an in-demand conference MC and strategic communications consultant. She hosts conferences and events around the country.

Catherine is the founder and director of Catherine McGrath Media providing media and presentation training for CEOs/senior executives in some of the country’s largest companies, organisations and public-sector agencies.

Nick XenophonJames Grubel, Strategic Communications Manager, Australian National University                

James joined the ANU after a long career as a journalist who specialised in politics, international relations and developments in the South Pacific.

Before joining ANU, James covered political and economic developments in Australia and around the South Pacific for the Reuters global news agency, and previously for the Australian news agency AAP, here he was bureau chief and chief political correspondent.He started covering politics when Bob Hawke was in power, and has reported on six prime ministers during his time in Canberra. He maintains a keen interest in Australian history, music and world affairs

Julie OwensGreg Turnbull, Communications Advisor, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia 

Greg's impressive career includes working as Senior Media Adviser to Kim Beazley, Leader of the Opposition (1996-2001) and Senior Media Adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating (1992-96). He was also a political reporter for ABC-TV Brisbane’s The 7.30 Report (1989-1992) and Media Operations Manager for Expo 88 in Brisbane. 

Greg also worked in print media, as a journalist and political reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald, and for ABC Radio and Television News in Canberra (1981-85) and Brisbane.  He has a Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing) from the University of Canberra.

Julie OwensStephanie Blower, Executive Officer, Australasian Sleep Association

Stephanie commenced working with Not for Profit organisations in 1978, she has worked with upwards of 30 Associations of various sizes, and with different focus, since that time. 

Joining the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) in 1999, Stephanie has helped to drive the membership from 200 to a current membership of 900 since that time. She managed the Sleep DownUnder Annual Scientific Meetings, growing this from a small meeting with 2 streams and 300 attendees to an attendance of 700 and 5 concurrent streams, to meet the needs of the growing and diversified membership.

The ASA works closely with the Sleep Health Foundation (SHF), particularly in the field of advocacy and they are currently working on a joint approach to Government to raise awareness of the cost of inadequate sleep to the community, and to seek ways to rectify this through education and models of care.        

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To access a very special accommodation rate for this event at the Crowne Plaza Canberra telephone 1300 662 218 during Canberra business hours or at any time on +61 2 6274 5500 and reference the group code "AFN" to gain access to the contracted rate of $230 for room only or "AFB" to gain access to the contracted rate of $245 inclusive of breakfast for two.

Please be advised that the rates are available from now until Tuesday, 15 May 2018 unless sold out prior. Guests must provide valid credit card information to secure the booking. Payment is collected at the property during check-in. Please inform all interested attendees that a 14 day cancellation policy applies. This means that any cancellation, reduction of room nights or no-shows will be charged in full if done within 14 days from arrival.

Program Amendments

Although every effort will be made to keep presentations as represented, Associations Forum Pty Ltd reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the program including cancelling the event where required.

Payment Terms

Invoices have a payment term of 14 days from the date of issue. All invoices must be settled prior to the event. Registrations received within 14 days of the commencement of the event need to be settled immediately and prior to the event. Failure to make payment as required may result in cancellation of registration.

Refunds and Cancellations Policy

A full refund will be provided for all cancellations received in writing two weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be given for any cancellations within two weeks of the event or for non-attendance on the day. Delegate substitutions may be made at any time. If a replacement is not a member, the non-member fee will apply and the difference must be paid immediately and prior to the event.


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