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PAST EVENTS

Highlights

The AMBCQ has been presenting amazing events and forums and hosting incredible guests since 2006. The events we have created are too numerous to recount, but here are some highlights.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS

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CHRISTMAS BALL IN QUEENSLAND PARLIAMENT

Our first Christmas Ball in Queensland Parliament, it was a evening rich with colour, festivities, delicious food, wonderful performances and stimulating conversation.

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LIFE SCIENCES AND MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY ROUNDTABLE IN BRISBANE

In collaboration with MIDA, the AMBCQ hosted a roundtable for professionals in the life sciences and medical technology industry.

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LES MIS

Supporting Griffith University's Queensland Conservatorium, the AMBCQ attended the production of Les Misérables, followed by a champagne picnic overlooking the Brisbane River.

2018 HIGHLIGHTS

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HOSTING THE QLD TRADE COMMISSIONERS TO ASEAN AND INDONESIA

We hosted two of Queensland's Trade Commissioners - Tom Calder, ASEAN, and Ben Giles, Indonesia - during their visit to Brisbane, discussing regional issues in trade and investment.

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GE14 CELEBRATION DINNER

Celebrating the change in Government after almost 63 years of continuous rule in Malaysia. We held a lunch for hundreds of guests, and hosted a dinner with the Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

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COMMONWEALTH DAY

The AMBCQ hosted the Commonwealth Day Dinner at Queensland Parliament and brought together people from across the Commonwealth and beyond to celebrate Commonwealth Day, in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games happening on the Gold Coast in 2018.

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

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FINLAND 100

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Finnish independence, we hosted the Finnish Ambassador and the Finnish Honorary Consul.

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10TH ANNIVERSARY BALL

The AMBCQ reached the milestone of our 10th year, and to celebrate we held a special 10th Anniversary Annual Ball.

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QUEEN'S SAPPHIRE JUBILEE DINNER

The AMBCQ hosted a dinner to celebrate the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee - 65 years of reign. Deputy Mayor of Brisbane Cr Adrian Schrinner joined us and spoke about the Queen's life of service, the Commonwealth, and the pitfalls of confirmation bias.

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TRUMP INAUGURATION DINNER

In the historic MacArthur Museum, the AMBCQ hosted a dinner to discuss President Donald Trump's foreign policy goals and the implications for the Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

2016 HIGHLIGHTS

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HEALTH MINISTER LUNCHEON

We hosted the Queensland Health Minister the Hon. Cameron Dick MP with a group of health experts and specialists.

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MAD HATTER'S TEA PARTY AND CROQUET

At the historic Lady McIlwraith Croquet Club, we hosted an Alice in Wonderland themed garden party with croquet lessons for all.

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HOSTING THE GERMAN AMBASSADOR

Along with the Nordic Forum and the International Circle, we hosted the His Excellency the German Ambassador as well as the outgoing Honorary Consul for Germany and the incoming Hon Consul for Germany.

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ST GEORGE'S DAY AND BREXIT FORUM

On the eve of the Brexit vote, Senator James McGrath, former advisor to both David Cameron and Boris Johnson, joined us to discuss Brexit - and every one of his predictions for the vote came true.

2015 HIGHLIGHTS

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SOUTH ASIA FORUM

Discussing trade and investment opportunities in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), and leveraging the Malaysia diaspora. Guest panelists included Professor Arun Sharma, QUT Dep VC, and Kim Richards, architectus.

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VJ DAY

On the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day, we held a commemoration at Anzac Square, followed by a dinner in the historic MacArthur Museum.

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VE DAY - CASABLANCA DINNER

To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe, we held a celebratory dinner with a Casablanca theme, including a belly dancer.

2014 HIGHLIGHTS

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CHRISTMAS EVENT WITH MASTERCHEF ADAM LIAW

In collaboration with MaTrade, the AMBCQ hosted Masterchef Adam Liaw for a special Christmas Dinner promoting Malaysian food and ingredients.

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DINNER WITH AUSTRADE COMMISSIONER

We hosted Austrade Trade Commissioner to Malaysia Joel Backwell on his visit to Brisbane.

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AUSTRALIA DAY BBQ

We held a special BBQ at Mt Coot-tha to celebrate Australia Day with members and supporters.

2013 HIGHLIGHTS

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HOSTING FOREIGN MINISTER SENATOR THE HON. BOB CARR AND PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR FINANCE, THE HON. BERNIE RIPOLL MP

We hosted Foreign Minister Senator the Hon. Bob Carr and Parliamentary Secretary for Finance, the Hon. Bernie Ripoll MP. The event included an insightful discussion panel regarding international relations and the rise of China.

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50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF MALAYSIA

As Malaysia celebrated 50 years of nationhood, we brought people together back to 1963 with the music and a James Bond theme.

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HOSTING THE INDONESIAN AMBASSADOR

A group of AMBCQ and International Circle members and supporters gathered to host the Indonesian Ambassador and his wife on the occasion of their visit to Brisbane.

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HOSTING THE FINNISH AMBASSADOR

In collaboration with the Nordic Forum and the International Circle, the AMBCQ helped to host the Finnish Ambassador as he visited Queensland to support the Scandinavian communities.

2012 HIGHLIGHTS

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LUNCH WITH AGRICULTURE CONSUL FOR MALAYSIA, RUDY KHAIRUDDIN

The Malaysian Consul for Agriculture visited Queensland to discuss his portfolio with the AMBCQ.

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HOSTING H.E. MILES KUPA, AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER TO MALAYSIA

On his mid-term return to Australia, H.E. Miles Kupa visited Brisbane to discuss Australia and Malaysia bilateral relations.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS BALL

Supported by Paradigm Infinitum, the AMBCQ collaborated to create the International Business Ball to coincide with Chinese New Year. A special international business discussion panel including commentators Gary Hardgrave and Graham Young featured.

2011 HIGHLIGHTS

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AMBCQ EVENT IN KL

Collaborating with Griffith University, the AMBCQ co-hosted an event in Kuala Lumpur to promote international education.

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HOSTING TERESA KOK MP, SELANGOR STATE MINISTER FOR TRADE

During her visit to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the AMBCQ hosted The Hon. Teresa Kok MP, Selangor State Minister for Trade.

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DRAGON BOAT

The AMBCQ was part of the organising committee for the inaugural Dragon Boat Festival at Forest Lake. We fielded a team and went on to compete in several regattas over the following years.

2010 HIGHLIGHTS

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ROUNDTABLE WITH MALAYSIAN TRADE MINISTER

In collaboration with MIDA, the AMBCQ co-hosted and co-chaired a business roundtable targeting healthcare, renewable energy and transportation industries.

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ANNUAL BALL

During our annual Ball, the AMBCQ honoured mentor Dr Peter Yeoh OAM (since deceased) and his wife Alice Yeoh for their contribution to business and the community.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS BALL

In collaboration with Paradigm Infinitum, the AMBCQ supported this event with guests including Clive Palmer and other business leaders to raise funds for a paralysed firefighter.

2009 HIGHLIGHTS

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MERDEKA DAY DINNER AND DRINKS

Hosting a nasi padang meal and drinks for members and supporters, on Malaya's Day of independence.

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ANNUAL BALL FEATURING MALAYSIA'S TOP JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA IDENTITIES

Our guests for our annual Ball were Stephen Gan, founder of Malaysiakini, R. Nadeswaran, Malaysia's top investigative journalist, Datuk Sri Azman Ujang, Head of Bernama (Malaysia's national news service), and Mohd. Zulkifli, Head of Alt Media and TV presenter.

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FIRE AND FLOOD FUNDRAISER

The AMBCQ held a fundraiser to support victims of the Victorian bushfires and the North Queensland floods. Opposition Leader the Hon. Lawrence Springborg MP was a special guest speaker, and over 400 people came together to raise almost $20,000.

2008 HIGHLIGHTS

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CHRISTMAS EVENT

Celebrating Christmas with members and supporters.

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ANNUAL BALL

Our second annual Ball featured guests including the Hon. John Mickel MP, who has held many portfolios including the Trade Ministry and Speaker of State Parliament.

2007 HIGHLIGHTS

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CHRISTMAS EVENT

Celebrating Christmas with members.

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THE FIRST BALL

We held our first Ball in August 2007 and continue to hold an annual Ball each year.

2006

In September 2006, the AMBCQ was founded. It was a revival of a group that had been active during the 1990s but disappeared around 1999/2000. In 2007 the organisation was incorporated and went on to become one of the most active of its kind in Australia.