november, 2018

22nov6:30 pm10:00 pmCharteris Dinner and Oration 20186:30 pm - 10:00 pm Event Organized By: AIIA NSW

Event Details

Thursday 22 November 2018

18:30 – 22:00


The President and Council of the Australian Institute of International Affairs in New South Wales have pleasure in inviting you to the Charteris Dinner and Oration, which will mark the 94th anniversary of the Institute. On Thursday 22 November 2018.

Join us for a convivial evening with old and new friends and members of the international community in Sydney, and continue our tradition of acknowledging the contribution of Professor A. H. Charteris, professor of Jurisprudence and International Law Sydney University and founder of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Our speaker will be David Irvine AO. His topic will be:

Re-shaping our Strategic Perceptions

The cold war is over, but the subsequent uni-polar world lasted for little more than decade.  Against the background of nearly fifty years as an Australian diplomat and senior official, David Irvine will discuss how new powers, new technology and new politics are forcing us constantly to revise our strategic perceptions and responses. Further complexities arise from the need to maintain civil liberties against a range of security threats made more difficult to mitigate by the complexities of the cyber world.

David Irvine has had a long and exceptionally distinguished career in Australian diplomacy. In the Department of Foreign Affairs he served in senior policy positions in Canberra and was Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea (1996–1999) and Australian Ambassador to China (2000–2003).

He was Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) from 2003 to 2009 and Director-General of Security and head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) from 2009 to 2014.

He is now Visiting Fellow at the National Security College within the Australian National University and at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Chair of the Board of the Australian Cyber Security Research Institute and Chair of the Foreign Investment Review Board.

He has written two books about Indonesia, where he was Minister in the Australian Embassy from 1988 to1992: a 1990 English translation of Bisma: Warrior Priest of the Mahabharata by Satyagraha Hurip,and Leather Gods & Wooden Heroes: Java’s Classical Wayang (1996) about Indonesian shadow puppets.

Venue:  The Stateroom, Hilton Hotel, 488 George Street, Sydney CBD

Date Thursday 22 November  2018

Time: 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm

Tickets: $140.00 for AIIA NSW members and their guests, diplomatic/consular corps and students;  $160.00 for non-members

Tables of eight organised by a member: $1,050.00; Tables of ten organised by a member: $1,300.00 – please contact Jenny at  direct for table bookings.

Payment can be made through paypal on this website, by credit card (please call Jenny on 0431 619 242) or by electronic transfer:  bank WESTPAC;  BSB: 032 197;  A/C 327 782  (please type your name as the reference when completing your transfer and email us to confirm).

Dress:  smart (suit or jacket and tie for men)


(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Hilton Sydney