Notice of PNGAA’s 71st Annual General Meeting and Luncheon —30 April 2022

Venue: Hornsby RSL, 4 High Street, Hornsby, (Sydney) NSW. Enter parking via Ashley Lane
Time: 11.30am
Cost: $45.00 Direct payment to PNGAA with email to under ‘AGM Luncheon Details’ below.
RSVP: including payment, by: 21 April 2022
A luncheon has been arranged starting at approximately 1.00 pm.
PNGAA is delighted that Dr Andrea Connor, Acting Manager Policy and Research, Whitlam Institute, has accepted an invitation to speak following the AGM. Dr Connor was the Director of the recent research paper on Papua New Guinea entitled “PNG Voices: Perspectives on Australia and the World”.
Please see further information about the guest speaker, payment and transport/parking under ‘AGM Luncheon Details’, below the following agenda.
1. Members present and apologies
2. Confirmation of Minutes of the 70th AGM, 1 May 2021—available on the PNGAA website at PNGAA-AGM-1-May-2021_-002.pdf
(Full information on 2021 AGM available to members at
3. Business arising from the Minutes
4. President’s Report
5. Treasurer’s Report and receipt and adoption of the Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2021
6. General discussion
The Objectives for which the Association is primarily established are:
a) to strengthen the civil relationship between the peoples of Australia and Papua New Guinea;
b) to foster and encourage contact and friendship with Papua New Guineans and promote friendly association among members;
c) to foster and maintain an interest in contemporary and historical events in Papua New Guinea;
d) to provide appropriate financial, material or intellectual assistance to projects of benefit to Papua New Guinea as an Association individually or in conjunction with other agencies;
e) to publish journals, magazines, newsletters, websites, books and other media to inform and educate people about Papua New Guinea and to provide a means of communication among members of the Association and others;
f) to encourage the preservation of documents, historical and cultural material related to Papua New Guinea; including the production and recording of oral and written histories; and
g) to safeguard and foster the retirement conditions of superannuated members of the former services in Papua New Guinea.
In pursuance of these Objectives, the Association:
a) will not be involved in, nor engage in, partisan politics; however, this does not prohibit the Association from engaging with members of parliament or public servants in pursuit of its objects; and
b) may raise funds for its approved projects.

Following the AGM there will be plenty of time for mingling (observing social distancing as required). PNGAA require that attendees are double vaccinated.

PNGAA is delighted that Dr Andrea Connor has accepted an invitation to speak following the AGM. Dr Connor was the Director of the recent research paper on Papua New Guinea entitled “PNG Voices: Perspectives on Australia and the World”.

Dr Connor will speak about the Whitlam Institute and Whitlam legacy in PNG before handing over to Dr Hannah Sarvasy who coordinated the research from Australia and assembled a team of researchers in PNG to conduct the research.

The aim of the research project was to provide Australian policy makers with enhanced knowledge about how the peoples of PNG perceive themselves, their communities, their country and their relationship with Australia, for the benefit of our long term bilaterial relations offering perspectives that are often not heard on socio-economic, political, diplomatic and development assistance matters, and hopefully enhance the Australian policy maker’s understanding of PNG citizen’s opinions, plus offer insight into how they see Australia’s future role in the region.

Through many interviews, focus groups and surveys with a wide range of PNG citizens, from remote communities to those living in urban areas, the research will amplify the voices of PNG citizens and Dr Connor’s presentation should be very interesting to us all.

We hope that as many members as possible will attend and invite others who may also be interested.

Members, their families and friends are all welcome—but please let us know if you wish to come to the luncheon by either:
• completing the booking form and payment details on the ‘Treasurer’s Corner’ form included at the end of the March 2022 PNG Kundu and returning it by Thursday, 14 April 2022; or
• by direct credit to the bank account of the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia:
BSB: 062-009 / Account No. 0090 7724. Ensure you include your surname, member number (if known) and the code ‘AGM’ in the transaction description —and follow it up with a confirming email to as the full transaction details do not always show up on our bank statement.
The cost of $45.00 per person does not include liquor or soft drinks although these will be available for purchase.
Bookings and pre-payment are essential and need to be made by Thursday, 14 April. Please note that Good Friday is 15 April 2022. Cancellations advised by Thursday, 14 April 2022 will secure a full refund. This is the date we need to inform the venue of final numbers; after this date the Association must pay for those unable to attend.
All PNGAA functions may be affected by changes to COVID-19 restrictions applying in NSW.
There is free on-site parking available to those driving—entrance via Ashley Lane at the rear of the Club. The train station is nearby; public transport information Ph: 13 15 00.

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