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SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG IN-CONVERSATION WITH TORY SHEPHERD
JUST A THOUGHT SERIES

THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER,
6PM TO 7.15PM

Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, UniSA City West Campus MAP
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

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COVID-19 has reshaped our lives, our country, the global economy and the world. How much and for how long is unclear. The crisis could unravel the rules-based system we have known since World War II.

Policymakers cannot afford to be passive. Cooperation is key to human success. So far, mistrustful nations have not been able to unite with a common purpose. Instead the COVID-19 pandemic has seen us shrinking back into our countries, our states, and our homes.

Does this swift shift mean an end to globalisation, or is it just a pause? Will self-sufficiency strengthen the state, but with an unintended rise in nationalism, with overtones of racism?

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator The Hon Penny Wong is one of the most insightful and considered voices in Australia's international relations. In conversation with Tory Shepherd, she will discuss Australian foreign policy in the COVID-era. She will explore how we can promote and protect our national interests, as well as the importance of supporting regional partnerships.

Just A Thought, is an exclusive In-Conversation series presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre with Tory Shepherd. Hear captivating interviews with inspiring contemporary thinkers and change-makers who are shaping Australia’s future. Speakers will share their thoughts on addressing our most pressing issues and discuss how we can have a positive impact on our society.

This event will be presented LIVE in the University of South Australia's Allan Scott Auditorium to a limited audience. For this reason, REGISTRATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL All registered attendees will be required to sign-in and confirm contact details, as a requirement of our COVID-safe plan. Please stay at home if you are unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms - see SA Health website for more information. We thank you in advance for your thoughtful and responsible cooperation.

Special Offer: Australian Foreign Affairs: Spy vs Spy 

Spy vs Spy examines how Australian agencies can defend against attempts to steal secrets and disrupt the workings of government and society. In this publication Penny Wong argues for a foreign policy shift to confront a fast- changing Asia-Pacific.  Purchase Spy vs Spy for the special price of $19.90 here.

SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG
SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE,
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Senator The Hon Penny Wong is a Senator for South Australia, the Senate leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

The first Asian-born member of an Australian Cabinet, Wong is also the first female openly-LGBTI Australian federal parliamentarian and federal government cabinet minister, and the first woman to serve as Leader of the Government in the Senate and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

Entering the Australian Senate in 2001, she has served as Shadow Minster for Employment and Workforce Participation (2005), Shadow Minister for Corporate Governance and Responsibility (2005), Minster for Climate Change and Water (2007), Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water (2010), Minister for Finance and Deregulation (2010), and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate (2013).

Prior to her career in parliament, Wong worked at the CFMEU, in the National Executive of the National Union of Students and a lawyer and political advisor. She graduated from the University of Adelaide with Bachelor degrees in Arts and Laws.

More Information

website
Penny Wong says coronavirus catastrophe fuelling 'a macho strain of nationalism'
7.30 Report: Penny Wong discusses the Australia-China relationship
Twitter: @SenatorWong
Autobiography: Penny Wong Passion and Principle

TORY SHEPHERD
JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR

Tory Shepherd

Tory Shepherd is a columnist at The Advertiser, a freelance writer, and the author of On Freedom.

After finishing Honours in Anthropology and a Masters in Communication, she ended up as a ‘mature-age’ cadet at the paper 15 years ago. She is a Walkley Award judge and a Churchill Fellow.

AdelaideNow News Archive: Tory Shepherd
Twitter: @ToryShepherd
Facebook: Tory Shepherd

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