DAY TWO: Audio from yesterday available online

Welcome back everyone!

Another glorious sunny start to Day Two of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute’s 3rd Annual PNG Symposium in Geelong.

Once again, we’re delighted to have Radio Australia here with us and thank them for their contribution.

When and where to tune in TODAY:

  • 5:00pm: Women in leadership plenary: 'In Dame Carol's footsteps: what does the future hold for women leaders in PNG?'

101.9FM (Australia)
101.9FM (Port Moresby. Local time 4:00pm)
102.1FM (Lae)

Missed a session yesterday?

Never fear! Pacific Beat and a team of Radio Australia’s Pacific journalists have been covering the event:

  • Richard Marles talks about his former role and Australia’s relationship with PNG. He gives special mention (and praise!) to our symposium.
  • For full audio from Radio Australia’s Tok Pisin service - in Tok Pisin click here

How to join in the discussion:

DAY ONE: Radio Australia live coverage

Welcome everyone!

The day is off to a great start in sunny Geelong this morning!

Alfred Deakin Research Institute and Radio Australia will be teaming up to bring you comprehensive coverage of this year’s PNG Symposium.

Why tune in? 

This year, we have a whopping total of 75 presenters, 50% of which are Papua New Guinean (that doesn’t mean 75 presentations – a lot of these are group discussions/panels!).

With a live broadcast on Pacific Beat, hosted by Heather Jarvis and Caroline Tiriman and a team of Radio Australia’s Pacific journalists covering the event, as well as a dedicated PNG stream from Pacific Adventist University student radio, we’re ensuring that our message can be heard all across the Pacific!

Here’s when and where to tune in TODAY:

11:05am – 1:00pm: Live from the Symposium

  • 101.9FM (Australia)
  • 101.9FM (Port Moresby. Local time 10am)
  • 102.1FM (Lae)


3:30pm – 5:00pm: Women in leadership plenary

This session will be recorded by RA and be made available shortly after the symposium finishes


To listen online or for instructions on how to tune in via shortwave or radio partners, click here.


To engage in the discussion via Twitter – and maybe even land yourself some air-time! – Tweet to @RAPacific or @ADRI_Australia using the hashtag #PNG2013

Download the program / visit the symposium website

Symposium Update from HQ

Jon Ritchie checks in…


Dispatch 1: 1 March 2013 – 34 days out.


Less than five weeks to go before we begin our third annual PNG symposium, this year with the focus on ‘Leadership for the Next Generation’.

We are at that stage where, from the outside it looks like nothing much has happened.

But believe me, underneath that placid and smooth surface there is a whole lot of activity, taking up the time of two of us on a more-or-less full time basis, as well as occupying quite a few other Alfred Deakin Research Institute staff members and others too.

Some of this activity I can’t write about, just yet – details are still to be confirmed, and we can’t go public before some Very Important People let us know about what they’re doing.

But there has been a lot of other activity, which I can share with you.  Beginning now:

  • The number of presentations is still sitting around fifty discrete items, which cover just the most varied and impressive gamut of takes on the theme of Leadership – something you would expect from PNG with all its diversity.  Some presenters have found themselves double-booked, and have had to withdraw, while others – after asking specially to be allowed in – have joined us, adding to the breadth of presentations on offer.
  • We are busily seeking funding assistance for as many presenters from PNG who are otherwise not able to attend as we can.  Applications are in, with various funding bodies, but we fear that even with the most generous support we won’t be able to offer financial support for everyone who has requested it.  A great pity, but a challenge for next time we do this.
  • For those who won’t be able to make it to Geelong, we are setting up ways to take part anyway, through our website, Facebook and Twitter.  We are even hoping that radio will feature in this – still the best way to reach the most people in PNG.

  • There will be opportunities to purchase books and other publications from the University of PNG’s Bookshop and Press, which is taking a leading role in helping Papua New Guineans to get their work published.
  • We are getting to an advanced stage in the planning of the program – still not able to go fully public yet – but this won’t be far away, we hope.

  • The symposium dinner will be on the evening of Thursday the 4th of April.  It will be an informal, PNG style event, with a whole assortment of yummy food and we hope some beverages that will make our PNG guests feel right at home (no buai though, sorry!).  The dinner will be held on the top floor of the Sally Walker building, a converted wool store right on the waterfront at Geelong, with glorious views looking out over Corio Bay.
  • We’ve lined up some terrific keynote speakers, including from PNG Ben Thomas, Vice-Chancellor of the Pacific Adventist University – Ben and PAU are both leaders in leadership research, so to speak, and Sam Koim, the fearless leader of Task Force Sweep, the key agency investigating and cracking down on corrupt practices; and from Australia, recognizing PNG’s key role as a regional leader in defence and security, we have Senator David Feeney, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence.

  • Speaking of Parliamentary Secretaries, Richard Marles, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, has been his usual tower of support for us – we have so much benefited from his ensuring that relations between Papua New Guineans and Australians are as strong and healthy as they can be.  The Symposium wouldn’t have been what it is without his support, and the help from his office and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, both in Australia and at the High Commission in Port Moresby.

That’s enough, for now.  I will be in Port Moresby from Tuesday the 5th to Friday the 8th of March, to see some of the speakers we’ve lined up and to talk about what’s been happening with some of our key partners in PNG – to let them know that, contrary to its smooth and untroubled exterior, the Alfred Deakin Research Institute is a very busy place indeed, and getting busier every day that passes.

Jon Ritchie

Symposium Planner No. 1