Monday Club Lunch with guest speaker Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Director Australian War Memorial
2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War in the Pacific - reflections and remembrance of those who have served
Date: Monday 22 February
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm
Venue: Union Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney
Price: $30.00, includes sandwich lunch & coffee
Dress: Business Attire
Dr Brendan Nelson commenced as Director of the Australian War Memorial in December 2012. Prior to this, he was the Australian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and NATO (2009–12). Apart from overseeing a major transformation in Australia’s relationships with the European Union and NATO, Dr Nelson forged deep links with the communities of Flanders, where almost 13,000 Australians lost their lives during the First World War. He regularly made the trip from Brussels to the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial at Ieper, where the names of 6,190 Australians who died in the First World War and have no known grave are listed.
His mission as director of the War Memorial is to make the memorial's history alive -
bringing to life the stories of everyday Australian men and women who served and have served our country.
Born at Coburg, Victoria, in 1958, Dr Nelson studied at Flinders University, South Australia, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. In 1993 he was elected as National President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), and campaigned on a wide range of social policy issues, including Aboriginal health and immunisation, and led the campaign against tobacco advertising and sponsorship of sport.
In 1996 Dr Nelson was elected to the Federal Parliament of Australia. In 2006 he became Minister for Defence when troops were deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands. He oversaw major new investments in Defence and a multibillion dollar recruitment and retention package. In November 2007 Dr Nelson was elected leader of the Liberal Party of Australia, serving as Leader of the Opposition until September 2008. The following year he retired from federal politics before taking up his ambassadorial appointment.
On Australia Day Dr Nelson became an officer (AO) in the general division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, the community, the advancement of Australia's international relations and to major cultural institutions.
We hope you can join us for an engaging discussion.