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Bringing military thinking to modern issues

Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery delivered the second in Victoria University’s series of public lectures from past and present Australian Governors General. His lecture was an insightful look at modern problems from a military perspective.

His address "National problem-solving – using the military planning process",  was delivered through the perspective of his distinguished former roles. General Jeffery served as Australia’s 24th Governor-General from 2003 to 2008, and he served as a senior Australian Army officer during both the Malayan Emergency and the Vietnam War.

He explained how the military planning process, including its emphasis on clarity of aim and purpose, provided a possible model for extrapolation into non-military problem-solving, in particular on an impending global food and water crisis.

Background to the VU Governors General series

Victoria University’s Governors General series kicked off in September as a tribute to the intellectual contributions and influence of the late Sir Zelman Cowen, Australia’s 19th Governor General. Sir Zelman is also the namesake of VU’s well respected legal research institute, the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre.

Former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, an adjunct professor in VU’s College of Law and Justice and chair of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre hosted the event. The lecture drew more than 150 leaders from government, education, and the law to VU’s City Queen Campus in the heart of Melbourne’s legal district.

Read General Jeffery’s full address.

The next in the Governors General series of public lectures will feature The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, followed by the current Governor General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove. They will be held in 2015 at dates to be confirmed.

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