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Christmas Season 2016
Each Christmas season is a welcome time to enjoy meeting up with friends and stakeholders and giving them our best wishes before another year draws to a close. As always, we were pleased attend many events, including the Lord Mayor`s Board Reception, the Brisbane City Council`s Corporate Reception, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reception. The Japanese Consulate also hosted a reception in honour of the Emperor`s Birthday which happened to fall in the Christmas period as well.
AMBCQ Film Screening and Drinks
27th November 2016
AMBCQ members had a lovely time at our AMBCQ Drinks and Film Screening of the movie ‘I am not Madame Bovary’ (Wo bu shi Pan Jin Lian) by director Feng Xiaogang, as part of the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, the premier film festival and awards in Asia, which is permanently based in our home city of Brisbane. AMBCQ guests enjoyed a selection of Australian, Japanese and European beverages and European and Japanese finger food at the Palace Cinemas, at The Barracks.
Asia Pacific Screen Awards
24th November 2016
Brisbane is the permanent home of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Asia and the Pacific’s version of the Oscars. This year’s entries included films from Korea, the Philippines, Australia, India, Georgia, Russia, Turkey and many other countries. We were invited to attend the Awards and the marvellous gala dinner, with more than 800 other guests.
Premier's Indian Business Reception
8th November 2016
It is always a pleasure to attend the Premier's Indian Reception in October or November, coinciding with Diwali/ Deepavali. This year the focus was on the Indian Business Community, and we were very pleased to have our AMBCQ contingent in attendance. It was great to meet up with many friends and hear from the Premier and the Trade Minister about opportunities for Queensland businesses.
Malaysia and Hong Kong Visit
Senior Vice President Wai Kiong Chan represented the AMBCQ at the Australia Asia Business Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Australia Asia Business Conference brought together Australian Chamber of Commerce and Business Councils from across Asia and was a great platform for networking and exchange of ideas. Kiong also hosted a reunion of AMBCQ members in Malaysia, a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with many of our valued members. He also took the opportunity to meet up with many contacts including political representatives, diplomats, analysts, commentators, journalists and others.
7th October 2016
What a privilege it was to be invited guests of the German Consulate at Brisbane’s Oktoberfest, one of the top ten Oktoberfests in the world. The Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk had the duty of tapping the first keg and pouring the first beer. There was great music by a Bavarian oompah band flown in from Germany, and plenty of stalls, and amusement rides etc., and lots of music, dancing, eating and drinking.
AMBCQ Australia Malaysia Ball 2016
6 August 2016
Our annual AMBCQ Australia Malaysia Ball is our peak annual event where we get together to thank supporters and to celebrate our own traditions including our formal rites and rituals in addition to traditional universal customs and attire. Speeches at this year’s event were given by AMBCQ President Shona Leppanen-Gibson, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Duncan Pegg State MP, Deputy High Commissioner Zamani, and Andrew Laming Federal MP. We also were enterainted by the wonderful Mr Rhydian Lewis, who offered us Teresa Teng’s Mandarin Chinese classic ‘The Moon Represents My Heart’ (月亮代表我的心), as well as songs by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dean Martin, and even Asian superstar Jay Chou.
Marking the Historic Brexit Vote
25 June 2016
Earlier this year, we hosted a forum with the provocative topic "The Bright Side of Brexit" which examined the opportunities and possible futures the British referendum on membership of the EU entailed. It was a bit of surprise that the result of Brexit was known so quickly with the Leave the EU vote proving the winner much earlier than anticipated. So in honour of this historic event, we hosted a rather last minute event at the Pav Bar at the Stamford to commemorate the vote.
Lunch with the Health Minister
It was a privilege to host a boardroom lunch with guest of honour the Queensland Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services the Hon. Cameron Dick MP. Numbers were restricted to allow guests to interact with each other. Attendees included numerous leaders in the health and medical industry including deans and heads of school of university faculties, heads of medical research facilities, founders of pathology laboratories, heads of various institutes and medical and health industry business leaders and senior professionals, and several of our key members and supporters including the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea and Croquet
29 May 2016
What a splendid afternoon we all had, when we jumped down the rabbit hole and indulged in an Alice in Wonderland themed lavish afternoon tea with champagne and classic cocktails as well as a game of croquet at the McIlwraith Croquet Club (with full professional coaching – one coach per four players). It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with other members and supporters in a fun, family-friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
St George's Day Dinner and Business Forum: The Bright Side of Brexit
23 April 2016
We’ve had some great events over the years, and our very first St George’s Day event ranks as one of the best. The right occasion, a great and entertaining speaker, delicious food, wonderful company and beautiful surrounds – all the ingredients for a fantastic night. Thanks to Senator the Hon James McGrath, Senator for Queensland in the Australian Senate and Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, for joining us to talk on the topic of “Brexit” – the impending vote regarding the exit of Britain from the European Union.