Media Release
Tuesday May 7, 2019

At 6.30pm on Wednesday May 15, a forum, Adelaide and Australian Aid’ will be held in Napier Theatre 102 at the University of Adelaide. It is free to attend and all are welcome.

Hosted by RESULTS International Australia, Campaign for Australian Aid and VGen-World Vision, the event will focus on Adelaide’s influence on federal decisions regarding international aid and development.

It’s anticipated that candidates from the Adelaide electorate will be asked questions concerning foreign aid, development, increasing Australia’s leadership in the region for ending poverty, and eradicating infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, HIV and malaria.

The event will also provide a chance for Adelaide’s local residents to engage with the candidates in the lead-up to the Federal Election on Saturday May 18.

Candidates confirmed as attending the forum:
Barbara Pocock (Greens)
Steve Georganas (Labor)

Barbara Pocock was previously the Director of the Centre for Labour Research at Adelaide University, where she researched work, employment and industrial relations. Her ideas on work life balance were sought after by Australian industry, politicians and academia.

Steve Georganas has worked on a factory assembly line, as an underwriter, a policy adviser and a taxi driver. He is currently working as an organiser advocating for workers’ rights in the airline and local government sectors.

Invited to attend: 
Antonio Rea (United Australia Party)
Shaun Osborn (Liberal Party)

Speakers at the forum:
Rahima Wahidi – Arriving in Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan at age nine, Rahima has since become a lawyer. She delivers presentations to various community groups explaining how Australian law works.

Thomas Brown– Co-Founder of the Jakarta Development Network and the West Java chapter for the Australia Indonesia Youth Association, Thomas has worked on multiple start-ups. He is the Indonesian Director of Same Skies, which provides education and other services to refugee children.

Edward Cavanough – Manager of Policy at the McKell Institute, and a previous Australian Foreign Policy Fellow at Young Australians in International Affairs, Edward has a range of interests including international trade and relations.

Members of the public interested in attending this free event can register on Eventbrite. While registering, they can also submit a question to ask the candidates.

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For further information about the event:
Anita Chaplin
RESULTS Adelaide Volunteer (Group Co-ordinator)
Tel: 0421 045 010

For further information about Australian federal policy on aid and development:
Amelia Christie
CEO at RESULTS International Australia
Tel: (02) 9134 9983