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Deakin University is hosting a conference to explore the role of the Australian Head of State, both now and into the future
The conference will be held at the Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne, on February 4th, 2012.
The main aims of the conference are to:
The Keynote Speaker is The Honourable Kate Ellis MP.
In addition to the Keynote Address there will be four sessions concluding with a combined Question and Answer session comprising notable Australians, reflecting an interesting mix of views relating to the conference sessions.
These sessions are:
What is the present role of a Head of State?
1. Our current System of government
2. Comparing the roles of Heads of State around the world
3. Defining who we are and translating our identity to the Head of State's role
4. Spreading the conversation: The value and use of Social Media and internet based media to connect with Rural and Younger Australians
Abstracts for the conference are now being sought. Deakin University is inviting prospective submitters to initially forward an abstract or abstracts for each session of interest, clearly setting out the idea and intent of the full paper that would be prepared.
Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full paper(s) for publication, with an opportunity to present the papers at the conference. The organising committee reserves the right to accept or not accept responses.
All accepted papers will appear in a publication produced from the conference, and include reflections arising from the Q&A session.
The Australian Republic Movement (Victoria) further intends circulating the conference publication within government and community circles, to promote understanding and interest in what we want for our future Head of State.
Abstract proposals should be sent by email to Deakin's Centre for Citizenship Development and Human Rights (CCDHR), at firstname.lastname@example.org before 31 December 2011.
Papers should adopt normal academic writing conventions:
For further details about the conference contact :
Simon Bateman, ARM Victorian Convenor at email@example.com or 0430 283 949
Damien Kingsbury, Deakin University, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9244 6410
CCDHR, Deakin University, at email@example.com