05 Oct Zooming into Canberra
AJN Staff – The Australian Jewish News – Monday 05 October 2020
THE Australasian Union of Jewish Students’ (AUJS’) 22nd annual political training seminar (PTS) held last month once again featured an all-star line-up of politicians, lobbyists and insiders.
With the conference moved from Parliament House to Zoom, student leaders were able to hear from a variety of speakers from across Australia.
“This was the first year the conference was held online and it was a resounding success,” AUJS public affairs coordinator Daniel Elberg, who organised the seminar, said.
“The calibre of speakers Jewish students were able to question and engage with was unparalleled.”
Presenters from the government included Mathias Cormann, Simon Birmingham, Tim Wilson, James Paterson, Dave Sharma, Andrew Hastie and Jane Hume.
Additionally, Prime Minster Scott Morrison’s principal private secretary Yaron Finkelstein, former Malcolm Turnbull staffer Sally Cray and former government adviser Alex Polson addressed the participants.
Labor was represented by Richard Marles, Jim Chalmers, Tanya Plibersek, Penny Wong, Mark Dreyfus and Josh Burns, while federal Greens leader Adam Bandt also spoke.
Topics included the Middle East conflict, changes to higher education funding, Australia’s role in the Indo-Pacific, and much more.
“We look forward to hosting the speakers next year in Canberra, and were proud to continue to offer this opportunity to Jewish students from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth,” Elberg added.
More than 40 young Jewish student leaders partook in the conference, which was held on September 7 and 9.
Meanwhile, AUJS NSW held its AGM on Sunday, September 13, at which Nadia Coburn and Lir Adani were elected president and vice-president, respectively.