Big Picture | Election Watch 2019

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has to go to the polls in May 2019, launching Australia’s first federal election campaign in over three years. As one of the world’s few democracies with compulsory voting, not to mention democracy sausages, Australian politics can seem perplexing to those not following the twists and turns on a daily basis. 

Join our experts as we discuss the big announcements of the election campaign, what a victory by either party could mean for business and their predictions for election day.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Mike Rann, Chief Executive Officer, Rann Strategy Group
  • Latika Bourke, International Reporter, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age

More speakers to be announced!


Aus-UK Chamber Members – Free
Guests & Non-Members – £15

The Hon Mike Rann AC CNZM, Chief Executive Officer, Rann Strategy Group, UK and Italy

The Honourable Mike Rann was the Premier of South Australia and Minister for Economic Development from 2002 to 2011.  He also served as National President of the Australian Labor Party. 

In 2012, he was appointed Australian High Commissioner to the UK and a Governor of the Commonwealth Secretariat. In 2014, he was appointed Ambassador to Italy, San Marino, Albania, Libya and as the Permanent Representative to the UN’s World Food Program and Food and Agricultural Organisation.  

Now based in London and Italy, Mr Rann is Chairman of the UK charity Power of Nutrition, and a member of the UK, US and Global boards of The Climate Group which operates in 45 countries. He is a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute of King’s College London. 

Mr Rann is the Co-Chair of the UK-Italy business bilateral “Conversazioni” and was the Co-Chair of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum.  

Latika Bourke, International Reporter, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age

Latika Bourke is a reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She has been based in London for the past three years covering a variety of topics, including of course – Brexit, the rest of British politics. She takes a keen interest in the burgeoning debate around China in the UK as well as highlighting the role and talent of Australians in the UK, whether they be in the arts, business or finance sectors.

Latika previously spent seven years in the Canberra press gallery reporting on federal politics and has previously worked for the ABC and Radio 2UE.


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