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Australia’s relationship with France "can’t be defined by one submarine contract"
Professor Katherine Daniell, 2005 John Monash Scholar is the President of the Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation (AFRAN). She spoke on ABC News Radio this week about the deep Australian and French relationship, which has endured ups and downs in the past. In response to the recent submarine deal with the US and the UK, Katherine (who has also studied and lived in France) noted that Australia would need to work hard to rebuild trust. However, “Australia’s relationship with France can’t be defined by one submarine contract”, she said. Katherine was confident that the Australian and French scientific communities, researchers, and institutions would continue to collaborate across many areas like vaccines, bushfires, artificial intelligence, space science and more.
Register for the REB LAW conference
REB LAW is the brainchild of Zoe Bush (2019 Zelman Cowen John Monash Scholar) and Sarah Schwartz (2019 Roden Cutler NSW John Monash Scholar). They started this project to use their skills as lawyers, to tackle broader social injustice. Collaborating as a team of 5 lawyers, which includes Brooke Greenwood (2020 Roden Cutler NSW John Monash Scholar), they are hosting the REB LAW Conference this September 24-25. Register for the conference today and learn how Australia’s legal profession can be transformed, to better support grassroots movements for systemic change.
Dr David Smerdon’s rise to Grandmaster
Dr David Smerdon was just four-and-a-half when he discovered his father’s chess set. This month, the 2011 John Monash Scholar has been published twice in The Saturday Paper as they cover a recent match between him and chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen. Read part one and part two of these stories for an insight into the world of an elite chess player rising to the position of Grandmaster.
Other countries to adopt Australia’s refugee policy
The UK is considering an overhaul in the way they deal with their immigration system, after frustrations over people arriving from France by boat. ABC Radio has recently interviewed Madeline Gleeson, 2012 John Monash Scholar. She has discussed the emerging frameworks for offshore processing, in a similar style to Australia’s, being adopted elsewhere. Denmark has recently adopted an offshore processing framework, but they are yet to confirm a third-party state. Speculations have been made that Denmark could partner with Rwanda for this.