Senator Barnaby Joyce returns to UNE for the 2013 DH Drummond Memorial Lecture

Published 02 May 2013

E5DSenator Barnaby Joyce may feel a certain sense of déjà vu on May 9 when he visits University of New England (UNE) as guest speaker at the 22nd DH Drummond Memorial Lecture.

It has been 23 years since Senator Joyce graduated from the University of New England with a commerce degree. Three of his brothers graduated from UNE as did his wife Natalie. UNE was the impetus for his accountancy career and later his foray into politics. Currently the Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water, Senator Joyce is also the Nationals’ Candidate for New England.

The importance of Australian universities within a regional and national context will be discussed by Senator Joyce in his lecture: The Australian reality of the Australian University.

Senator Joyce said of his role as guest speaker, “I am truly honoured to have been given this opportunity. As a UNE graduate and having a strong background and affinity with Regional Australia, I look forward to speaking about the positive impact regional universities and education have on students and the future development of our nation.”

“Regional universities are an extremely important part of our nation. They provide research, economic, cultural and social opportunities which otherwise would not be available in towns such as Armidale.” Senator Joyce said.

“We are really delighted that Senator Joyce has agreed to be our Guest Speaker at this year’s Memorial Lecture,” said Edwina Ridgway, the Principal of Drummond and Smith College. “This is a very important annual event for the College and we will value the views that Senator Joyce will share with us”.

Anyone wishing to attend this event is welcome to do so but must have reserved a seat. Please call 6773 6700.  The Lecture will begin at 6pm and will be held in the Duval College Dining Hall.