‘In Defence of Youth’: Joe Hockey to speak at UNE

Published 22 July 2011

hockeyThe Hon. Joe Hockey MP, Shadow Treasurer in the Australian Parliament and Federal Member for North Sydney, will give a public lecture at the University of New England’s Earle Page College on Wednesday 27 July.

The public lecture, at 8.30 pm in the Earle Page College Dining Hall, will be the 28th in the College’s Annual Politics Lecture series. Titled “In Defence of Youth”, it will follow a formal dinner for College members and invited guests at which Mr Hockey will be guest of honour.

Each year, the College invites a prominent political figure to speak at its Annual Politics Lecture. Previous speakers have included Philip Ruddock, Julia Gillard, Bob Brown and Tony Abbott. “The Annual Politics Lecture is a very special event for Earle Page College, UNE, and the city of Armidale,” said Andrea Gledhill, Head of Earle Page College. “Over the past 28 years the lectures have provided an opportunity for thousands of people to hear and meet the nation’s leaders.”

Joe Hockey (pictured here) was first elected to the Australian Parliament in 1996 and, after his re-election in 1998, was made Minister for Financial Services and Regulation – one of the youngest Ministers in the history of the Commonwealth.  He has since held a number of Ministerial portfolios, including Small Business and Tourism, Human Services, and Employment and Workplace Relations.

Since the 2007 Federal Election, he has held a number of shadow portfolios.

Mr Hockey attended the University of Sydney, where he completed degrees in Arts and Law. Before entering politics he was a banking and finance lawyer with a major Australian law firm, and was also Director of Policy to the Premier of NSW.

Sir Earle Christmas Grafton Page, after whom the College and lecture series are named, was chairman of the advisory council for The University of New England College from 1938 until 1954, and then the University’s first Chancellor from 1954 to 1960. He was also Prime Minister for a brief period in 1939.

People seeking more information about the event, or wishing to register their intention to attend, may contact the Earle Page College office on 6773 5300, or e-mail epc@une.edu.au.