An election for six new Senators for Western Australia will be held in Australia on Saturday 5 April 2014. Early voting for this election will commence overseas from Monday 24 March 2014.
To check if you are enrolled to vote in Western Australia or to enrol or update your enrolment details, please visit http://www.aec.gov.au/wa-senate/. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AWST Friday 7 March 2014.
Postal vote applications can be lodged online at http://www.aec.gov.au/Voting/Ways_to_vote/overseas.htm. The deadline for applying for a postal vote is Wednesday 2 April 2014. However, you should consider the time it will take for mail to reach your overseas mailing address. You should complete your ballot paper on or before election day and post back to the AEC returning officer in your division by Tuesday 22 April 2014.
Overseas Voting Centres
The Australian Embassy Dublin will provide in-person voting facilities at the following times:
From 10am to 2pm – Monday 24 March to Friday 28 March 2014; and
From 10am to 2pm – Monday 31 March to Friday 4 April 2014.
Please see the Australian Embassy Dublin website for further details.
Australia Day Ball 2014
115 people celebrated Australia Day in style recently at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin. The evening began with a drinks reception and the enthralling music from Appassionata String Quartet. Attendees were treated to a great Australian themed three course meal and a glass or two of Aussie wine. Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Dr Ruth Adler spoke on the Australian of the year, Adam Goodes and we were entertained by the comedy stories and antics from Damo Clark.
We were appreciative of our sponsors for the evening CurrencyFair and Harvey Norman. CurrencyFair gave a brief insight into how easy it is to transfer money overseas and they do it better than the banks!
Of course no Australia Day Ball would be without the fantastic band, The Camembert Quartet who had the dance floor full with many Aussie tunes including everyone’s favourite, You’re the Voice!
Thanks to our fantastic photographer on the night Sean Brosnan and his assistants from Pixillume Photography. Photos from the event can be viewed and purchased at the following link.
A final big thank you to the IAA committee who put in a lot of work to ensure guests felt like they were back in Oz for the evening! We will see you all at the ball next year!
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is on from the 13th to the 23rd February with a number of Australian Films showing! Details of the festival can be found on the link: http://www.jdiff.com/
Australia Day Ball Support
We hope you enjoyed the calendars, pens and postcards from the ball and that most of you were able to send the postcards off to family and friends overseas! A big thank you to John Hinde and An Post for supporting us with these fantastic gifts for guests and support from Michael Campbell.
Wanted Down Under!
Irish band or talented musical individual already in Australia to perform at a seaside festival Mid Jan 2015 for one night in front of 4000 to 5000 people for 45 mins along side two major Australian artists & other bands. Free Accommodation available at complex and will be paid a generous fee for the performance. Further details contact .Christina 0861790882
Have you heard?
The IAA unfortunately don’t hear about all the Australian events in Ireland, so if you hear of a band, a guest speaker, cultural activity or any other Aussie event then let us know and we can publicise it for you!
Upcoming IAA Events – Save the date!
Friday 25th April 2014 – Anzac Day Service at Grangegorman Cemetery
Friday 9th May 2014 – IAA AGM
Sunday 13th July 2014 – Christmas in July
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Networking evening
Saturday 31st January 2015 – IAA Australia Day Ball 2015
From the Australian Embassy:
Services for Australians in Ireland and other information on Australia can be found here:
Business in Australia
Australian ministerial-led business delegation registration
The Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, has launched an online register for Australian businesses to indicate their interest in participating in ministerial-led business delegations.
Overseas visits by government ministers can help advance Australia’s trade and economic interests and promote the international competitiveness of Australian businesses. Allowing Australian business leaders and education institutions to accompany ministers provides an effective way to introduce them to new markets and open doors to new business opportunities.
The establishment of a register for ministerial-led business missions highlights the Australian Government’s commitment to strengthening economic diplomacy by expanding Australia’s trade, investment and education ties. A coordinated approach between government and industry sends a strong message to our trading partners that Australia is open for business.
The register will enable companies and business associations to indicate their interest both in specific regions and also industry sectors.
Voting in Australian elections overseas
Many Australians who live abroad are prevented from voting in Australian elections.
This is because they are no longer on the electoral roll, and Commonwealth legislation currently prevents them from enrolling from abroad if they left Australia to live abroad more than three years ago. The SCG (Southern Cross Group) estimates that there are probably upwards of half a million disenfranchised adult Australian citizens abroad.
The SCG has been working on this problem for nearly 15 years. As a result of the SCG efforts, the previous two-year window for enrolling once you move overseas was lengthened to three years in 2004.
The fix is simple: Just 18 words to be deleted from one Act of Parliament.
Established in 2003, The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) has fast become Ireland’s premier feature film festival and takes place in Ireland’s capital city over the course of eleven days and nights each February.
JDIFF continues its commitment to celebrating film as an art form by presenting over 120 films from the four corners of the globe to the Irish Audience. The festival is a citywide event that takes place in all of the Dublin City Centre Cinemas including Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The majority of films shown at the film festival are Irish premieres, and for some of the films shown, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland.
Details at http://www.jdiff.com/
Expats who regularly have to deal with incomes and outgoings in various currencies know that foreign exchange is just one of the headaches – not to mention expenses – of living abroad. If you haven’t spent time investigating options for getting the best deal, you’re probably throwing money away. Yet many people simply decide that wading through all the options and trying to work out which one is best for them is simply too hard. Throw in currency brokers offering ‘indicative rates’ and so-called ‘commission-free deals’, which may or may not actually turn out to be good value, and it’s no wonder so many expats don’t bother looking at the alternatives and just stick with their bank. Especially since the rates are all pretty similar anyway. Aren’t they? Before we answer that, let’s take a look at a new currency exchange alternative: CurrencyFair. CurrencyFair is completely different from a traditional bank or currency broker.
It’s a ‘person to person currency exchange’ –an internet meeting place where currency buyers and sellers come together to negotiate their own rates. The theory of it is the same as other internet-mediated sites like e-bay– that by cutting out the middle man, both buyers and sellers win- which is why customers can get better deals with CurrencyFair than elsewhere – because CurrencyFair doesn’t set the rates, its users do. And they’ll only agree when it’s better than what they get somewhere else. CurrencyFair claims its customers will typically beat bank rates by around 3 percent, and pay a transfer fee of €3 instead of €25-30 for an international bank transfer. On an exchange of €1000, that could mean a saving of at least €50. Multiply that by the amount you exchange in a year, and it’s clear that not all rates are the same. And that you can end up paying a lot more than you have to while exchanging currency. CurrencyFair was set up by people who are long-term expats themselves. Brett, the MD of CurrencyFair, is an Australian that has lived in Ireland for the past 14 years, and regularly returns home to Perth. This means that the team actually understands what expats want from a currency exchange service, and is committed to providing it. Reason enough to check out this currency exchange alternative. www.currencyfair.com
The Ireland Australia Association
warmly welcome you to attend
Saturday, January 25th, 2014
The Conrad Hotel, Dublin
18:30 until late
Featuring Australian Comedian Damo Clark ¦ live band – The Camembert Quartet ¦ DJ playing all your favourite Aussie tunes ’til late ¦ traditional raffle ¦ delicious Australian themed three course meal ¦ a selection of Australian wines to accompany dinner ¦ full cash bar available ¦ and other surprises….
Dress to impress in formal attire
We encourage you to pass on the details to anyone who would enjoy celebrating the evening in style.
Tickets can be purchased as either an entire table or as guests on an assembled table.
Tickets available here:
Financial members of the Association can contact Bryce on the email address below to avail of an additional discount on the ticket. If you are currently not a member and wish to pay membership, details can be found on the website: http://www.irelandaustralia.org/membership/
For more details please visit www.irelandaustralia.org or email email@example.com or phone Bryce on 087 137 1395
The IAA will be having Christmas Drinks in the Schoolhouse Bar on Northumberland Road Ballsbridge, D4 on Thursday 12th December from 6.30pm. We hope to see you there for a festive drink or two and some food!
UCD Australian Studies Centre
in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy
THE INAUGURAL AUSTRALIA LECTURE
Shipwrecked in Arcadia: the Contemporary Australian Experience.
Paul Kelly, Editor at Large, The Australian
26th November, 6 for 630pm
Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson St, Dublin
In this Inaugural Australia Lecture, Australia’s most eminent and distinguished political journalist, Paul Kelly, considers what has happened to Australia over the past 30 years in economic, social, immigration and strategic terms. He argues that Australia’s experience is divorced from most of the rest of the West in Europe and America – its resources mean it is highly integrated into Asia and China; it retains a tight alliance with the US; it has had 30 years of growth and missed recession in the 2008-09 global crisis. Yet it is now facing serious problems of complacency and reform exhaustion following the highly disappointing six years of Labor Government. The task of the new Abbott Government is to rekindle reform, re-structure the economy and restore discipline in a deteriorating fiscal environment. The risk for Australia is that it has squandered the prosperity of the past decade with far harsher times coming.
There will be a wine reception before the lecture.
Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large on The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs. Kelly is a regular television commentator on the Sky News program, Australian Agenda and is the author of seven books including The Hawke Ascendancy, The End of Certainty and November 1975. His most recent book, The March of Patriots, offers a re-interpretation of Paul Keating and John Howard in office. In 2014 Kelly will publish a new book on the six years of Labor Government 2007-13. Kelly holds a Doctor of Letters from Melbourne University and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He is a long-standing participant in Australian-American Leadership Dialogue and served for many years on the board of the Australia-Indonesia Institute. Kelly has interviewed a number of world figures including Tony Blair, George W Bush, Jiang Zemin and Lee Kuan Yew. He has been a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a visiting lecturer at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard.
Bookings non essential but inquiries to:
Professor James Curran
Keith Cameron Chair of Australian History
University College Dublin
087 388 2279