• 29 August 2019, 6:00pm to 29 August 2019, 7:30pm
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Join us on Thursday 29 August  for the Sir Zelman Cowen Centenary Oration,  delivered by the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Federal Member for Kooyong, Treasurer of Australia and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, on 'The Age of Disruption'. 

This year's Oration is part of a series of events commemorating the centenary of the birth of Sir Zelman Cowen, the distinguished Australian scholar, statesman, and a university leader in Australia and internationally.

Sir Zelman dedicated himself to engaging the Australian public in the critical issues of his time.

Minister Frydenberg, who had a close relationship with Sir Zelman and regards him as a mentor, continues Sir Zelman’s commitment to meaningful public dialogue in this Oration.

In his speech, Minister Frydenberg will address the critical issue of how digital disruption is changing the nature of Australia’s society and economy, and how it is forcing governments to re-think their approaches and responses to these new winds of change.  

The oration builds on earlier presentations for us by:

About the presenter

Josh Frydenberg was elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010 as the Member for Kooyong. He is the seventh person since Federation to hold this seat.

In August 2018, he was appointed Treasurer of Australia and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, having previously served as Minister for the Environment and Energy, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Assistant Treasurer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister since the 2013 election.

As a primary school student Josh attended Bialik College in Hawthorn and then completed his secondary schooling at Mt Scopus College in Burwood.

Josh has Law and Economics degrees both with Honours from Monash University and completed his articles of clerkship at Mallesons Stephen Jacques.

He went on to graduate with a Masters in International Relations from Oxford University which he attended on a Commonwealth Scholarship and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Josh was a Senior Adviser to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Prime Minister John Howard and was a Director of Global Banking at Deutsche Bank AG.

Josh is a keen tennis player having represented Australia at the World University Games in England in 1991 and the United States in 1993.

He currently sits on the Board of the Kids Tennis Foundation which provides coaching to disadvantaged kids.

Event details

  • Date & time: 6pm - 7.30pm, 29 August 2019
  • Location: Victoria University, City Conference Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Registrations close Thursday 22 August 2019.

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