FutureNet Sydney Politics in the Pub (Networking Event)

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Date: Thursday, 21 June 2018 to Thursday, 21 June 2018
Address: SYDNEY, NSW Australia
Place: Sydney CBD, provided to confirmed attendees
Total Price: $65.00

            If you are experiencing difficulty registering online, please email nsw@consultaustralia.com.au


Politics in the Pub is an annual flagship event for the Consult Australia FutureNet Committee, during which prominent speakers discuss with young built-environment professionals the current political climate, the recent/upcoming state budget and the impact of both of these things in the industry.


This year we are looking to focus on how good ideas become good policy, how to catalyse change, and the factors that influence our political landscape.  


The evening will be run as a Q&A to give young professionals a chance to pick the brains of those in-the-know.


Hosted by Michael Hing – Comedian, Triple J host and SBS ‘The Feed’ presenter – this event is sure to unfold into an interesting, topical and entertaining Night.


So join us on Thursday June 21 and take part in the discussions on some of the built environments hot policy and political topics such as WestConnex; the National Energy Guarantee; Women in STEM; Innovation in Infrastructure; Light Rail and the changing face of the NSW government.




Michael Hing – Comedian, Triple J host and SBS ‘The Feed’ presenter


Michael Hing is a comedian who specialises in appearing in media his parents have no interest in, including: triple j, The Feed on SBS Viceland, and various digital shows about video games and esports. He has performed sold out stand up shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as two very disappointing seasons in Adelaide, a market he is still looking to crack. His videos on Facebook have logged over 3 million views, as well as at least 3 official complaints to his employees. His parents worry about him. One time he got to Division 2 in FIFA.




Nicola Grayson, Director – Policy & Government Relations at Consult Australia


Nicola is a government relations specialist, and has represented industry associations to governments in the UK, the European Union, and Australia. Nicola has worked across a range of sectors including general insurance, consumer finance, alcohol, and education, in addition to consulting engineering. With an Honours Degree in Law from the UK, she specialises in liability and contracting issues on behalf of Consult Australia. Nicola previously worked for Consult Australia from 2004 to 2010 (the development of AS4122-2010 being her last major project). After 5 years back in the UK, she re-joined Consult Australia in 2017.



Blair Palese, Co-founder & CEO of 350.org Australia


Blair Palese is co-founder and CEO of 350.org Australia, building a global movement to address the global climate crisis. She has worked as Communications Director for Greenpeace International and as head of PR for The Body Shop, both in the UK. Prior to that, Blair was Communications Director for Greenpeace USA and worked for a range of media including ABC and The Monthly magazine. In Australia, she has worked for the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, Greenpeace, the Climate Institute and consulted to a wide range of environment and social not-for-profits. She was editor-in-chief of Greenpages magazine and has consulted to the NSW Government’s BASIX and Sustainable Energy Development Authority programs as well as to the Green Building Council.


Jane Standish, Director of Policy for the New South Wales Minister for Finance, Se Services and Property, the Hon. Victor Dominello MP.

Jane Standish is Director of Policy for the New South Wales   Jane Standish is Director of Policy for the New South Wales Minister for Finance, Services and Property, the Hon. Victor Dominello MP. Her policy responsibilities involve managing the state’s $3 billion property portfolio, and advising the Minister to serve his role as the Co-Chair of the Social Innovation Council, a strategic partnership between the NSW Government and NGOs to drive innovation and improve outcomes in human services. Jane has worked as a policy advisor for Minister Dominello in the NSW Government for over 6 years in the areas of Multicutural Affairs, Better Regulation and Innovation.


Dr Dallas Rogers, Program Director of the Master of Urbanism with School of Architecture Design & Planning at USyd.


Dr Dallas Rogers is the Program Director of the Master of Urbanism within the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at The University of Sydney. His research looks at: housing poverty and wealth in global cities; Asia-Australia transnational housing practices; and the urban intersections of democracy and public and private sector infrastructure provision. He is the creator and host of the popular City Road Podcast, a podcast about cities and urban

life: https://cityroadpod.org



Why Should You Attend?

- You will gain key insights into the political issues impacting the built environment

- You will have a chance to pick the brains of those in-the-know about how good ideas become good policy and factors that influence our political landscape

-  You will have an opportunity to network with your peers in a fun and informal setting


Who Should Attend?

FutureNet Sydney networking events are aimed at emerging professionals working within the natural or built environment space. This fun and informal event will be relevant to anyone working in the built and natural environment or anyone with a keen interest in the political landscape or how to influence policy.



Event Details

Thursday 21 June 2018

6:00pm to 8:30pm

Sydney CBD, provided to confirmed attendees

Cost: $65  (includes GST, drinks and canapes provided)


Event sponsorship are also still available, please contact us to find out more.




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