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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

U3A Saturday Talk 3 June – AUKUS and Nuclear Powered Submarines

U3A Batemans Bay is pleased to invite interested members of the community to attend our

next Saturday Talk whenAllan Behm, Director of the International and Security Policy

program at the Australia Institute in Canberra, will be speaking to U3A on these subjects at

10.00 am on Saturday 3 June in the Auditorium of the Soldiers Club at Batemans Bay.

A polished public speaker, Allan is one of Australia’s leading commentators on strategic

policy issues in both the electronic and print media. He has represented Australia overseas

in the diplomatic service, worked in senior positions in the Department of Defence and the

Attorney-General’s Department, and after leaving the Public Service became Chief of Staff

to the Minister for Industry and Climate Change, later serving as Senior Adviser to Senator

Penny Wong.

Building on a career spent mainly in the defence and national security domain, Allan has a

significant publishing record in academic and professional journals and is the author of two

highly regarded books. The first of these, titled No, Minister is an insider’s account of what

goes on in the corridors of Parliament House and was published in 2015. The second, titled

No Enemies, No Friends, was published in 2022 and shortlisted for the Political Book of the

Year Award.

Allan’s talk will outline the main practical, operational and strategic issues involved for

Australia in what the Government has declared to be the largest and most significant

development ever made in Australia’s defence policy and planning. By addressing such

controversial matters, his talk is guaranteed to be informative, illuminating and challenging.

U3A Batemans Bay has been providing educational programs for seniors for the last 25

years. More information about the organisation can be found on our website

If you wish to attend this talk please contact Ross Thomas on

Allan Behm

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