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The Blamey Oration

The Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Memorial Fund in partnership with the Royal United Services Institute of Australia conduct Blamey Orations around the country. United Services Institute of the ACT (USI-ACT) has strong ties with Defence and has had a long history of support from, and engagement with, Defence as the Institute seeks to promote awareness and discussion of National Security and Defence issues. The Blamey Oration is an annual event held in Canberra and eminent speakers are invited from all over the world to address the USI-ACT membership and guests. These speakers have included GEN Stan McChrystal (US Army), GEN John Allen (USMC), GEN Peter van Uhm (Dutch CDF), David Killcullen and many other notable identities closely associated with our National Security and Defence interests. ​For more information on the Blamey Oration and it's history please follow the below link: the-blamey-oration.html

Image sourced from the Australian War Memorial   https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10676218

 

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2023

Dennis Richardson, AC

The guest speaker the 2023 Blamey Oration was Dennis Richardson AC. Dennis has served for over 48 years in the Public sector, including positions of Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade and also the Secretary of Defence. He talked to the evolving strategic geopolitical security situation - particularly in our region - and highlighted the implications and challenges for our Government in both the economic and security spheres.

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