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News from the Consulate - November 2017

News from the Consulate - November 2017


News from the Consulate


Welcome to the November edition of the Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles’ newsletter!

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Episode 6: Matthew Reilly, New York Times Best-Seller
Matthew Reilly wrote and self-published his first novel while a freshman at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, before going on to sell over 7 million books in more than 20 languages. We chatted about Matt's beginnings in the publishing world, his move to Los Angeles, and his latest projects writing for film and TV. You can listen on iTunes or SoundCloud.


Recent Events

October 2017


  • On 11 October we partnered with the UCLA American Indian Studies Center to present a discussion with CEO of The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Craig Ritchie. Speaking to members of the Los Angeles academic, cultural and think tank community, Craig spoke about AIATSIS’ new online interactive exhibition ‘Right Wrongs’, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Australian Referendum. The 1967 referendum made history: Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the constitution to include Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in the census and allow the Commonwealth to create laws for Aboriginals & Torres Strait Islanders. Check out the exhibition for yourself here.

  • In early October Australia's Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment, The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, laid a wreath at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden to pay respects to the victims of the recent shooting. ARIA Award winning Australian band Human Nature, who have a permanent show at The Venetian Las Vegas, also paid tribute with a touching rendition of the US anthem. You can view the ceremony here. Minister Ciobo was in Las Vegas leading a delegation of 23 Australian tourism businesses to IMEX America and meeting with major hotel and entertainment venue developers and operators to highlight the investment opportunities in Australia for tourism infrastructure.

  • On 18 October Australians in Film presented its 6th Annual Australians in Film Awards and Benefit Dinner, hosted by Australian actor and comedian Patrick Brammall. The evening celebrated the dynamic linkages between the US and Australian film industries, and honoured some of Australia’s leading and emerging film talent. You can find out more about the event and this year’s honourees here.

  • Over October 21-22 we partnered with the United States Australian Football League at the 2017 USAFL National Championships in San Diego. Marking the 100 Years of Mateship that have bound Australia and the US since the Battle of Hammel, players and spectators donned Mateship merch to celebrate the strong ties forged through sport. Congratulations to the 53 men and women’s AFL teams who competed in 93 games over the weekend, with the Golden Gate Roos and the San Francisco Iron Maidens taking out the Men and Women’s Championships respectively. Find out more about USAFL here.


  • We hosted the 2017 Cities Leadership Institute Smart Cities delegation of Australian public and private sector leaders on 30 October as part of their visit to the US to exchange ideas with American counterparts on the use of technology to create liveable and sustainable cities and communities. Special guests included the Mayor of Canterbury Bankstown, Clr. Khal Asfour, the Deputy Mayor of the City of Newcastle Declan Clausen, the Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles Miguel Sangalang and LA’s Chief Data Officer Sari Ladin. Find out more about the Cities Leadership Institute here.


  • Our partners at Ausfilm hosted Ausfilm Week from 15-20 October, featuring a series of events connecting the Australian screen industry with film and television executives and studios in Los Angeles. Ausfilm also launched the 2017 issue of its annual publication, this year focussing on some of the most influential Australian women working in film and television. You can check out an online version of the publication here
  • On 5 November the Australian Theatre Company hosted their annual fundraising gala at the Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles. Australian actor Wil Traval hosted the night, which included a performance by Aussie Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and G’Day USA ‘Australia Rocks the Pier 2017’ performer Georgi Kay. Funds raised on the evening benefited ATC programming including the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) International Ambassador's Scholarship Showcase, annual Summer Reading Series, educational programming and main stage productions.  You can find out more about the ATC and their upcoming events here.



Future Events


December 2017

  • We are hosting a ‘100 Years of Mateship’ Australian Global Alumni Reception in Scottsdale, Arizona on 5 December to celebrate our successful Australian and US alumni in Arizona.  We invite any Australian and US alumni of Australian Universities in Arizona and the surrounding states to attend this event, which will be a great opportunity for you to reconnect with fellow alumni. For more information and to RSVP please click here.





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