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Update RUSI NSW August 2020

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the RUSI Library and Anzac Auditorium have been closed to our members since 29 March 2020.

Thank you for your understanding in these very difficult times
Despite these restrictions, RUSI NSW is continuing to operate the office two days a week and to work in the Library. In particular, RUSI NSW has endeavoured to deliver its lunchtime lectures online. Our thanks to these speakers, who have made considerable efforts in providing us with quality presentations, and to John Howells, who as our technical expert, has made all this possible.
The following lectures can be viewed on via our Youtube channel or our website

July 2020 Virtual Lecture
Admiral Chris Barrie AC (Ret’d)
Why Climate Change is an Important Component of National Security

Professor Admiral Chris Barrie AC FAICD FAIM FARPI Ret'd Adjunct Professor, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, speaks online to the Royal United Services Institute of New South Wales. In 2015 he was an author of a Report for the Climate Council on “Climate Change, Security and the ADF”.

  Previously recorded Lectures
Dr Simon Longstaff AO   
Ethics in the Australian Defence Force

Dr Simon Longstaff AO has been working with the Australian Defence Force on ethical issues since the late 1990s. Quite a bit of effort going the area of pre-deployment for soldiers, sailors and airman who are going to be put into places like Afghanistan, Iraq and other places where they will encounter the conditions of asymmetric warfare.   

Professor Tanya Monro  
Chief Defence Scientist 
Defence "Star Shots" Benefiting Defence and the Community

Professor Monro discusses Innovations by the Defence Science and Technology Group such as R&D capability - "More Together" and Science and Technology Research Shots.

Graeme Dobell, Journalist Fellow at the Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)
Paper on "Australia's Pacific policy: Covid-19, China and community" to the RUSI of NSW in lieu of presenting live to the Institute. Read by Microsoft James and illustrated with great images of the South West Pacific, this paper provides superior analysis of Australia's relationship with China and the South West Pacific.

Dr Bates Gill, Macquarie University, speaks on
"Assessing the Ambitious Reforms of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army" 



Sadly, John Hutcheson, Vice President of RUSI NSW, long term member, Member of the Library Committee and stalwart of RUSI NSW passed away suddenly on 18 August 2020.
The funeral arrangements for John are set out below. John’s family requested that we publicise these details to all John’s friends and colleagues in RUSI NSW.

Funeral Service conducted by Reverend Steve Aynsley (1.30 pm): 
Pymble Uniting Church (1 Livingstone Avenue, Pymble NSW 2073)

Military Service conducted by Brigadier Neil Turner AM RFD (Ret'd) from the Hornsby RSL Sub Branch (3 pm):

Ascension Hill Gardens, Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium (Corner Delhi Road & Plassey Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113)

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the church is limited to 32 people attending the funeral service, which will be John’s extended family. The same restrictions do not apply at Macquarie Park (where all are welcome).

Post the military service there will be an afternoon tea at the function centre for those who wish to join John’s family to remember John’s life.

Medals may be worn.

Live stream:
The family has engaged the services of Funeral Video Australia to allow John’s extended network of friends, colleagues and veterans to be able to share the day.
A private page has been set up at that will allow you to share in the celebration of his life.

Tips from Funeral Video Australia to improve Live Stream experience:
Prior to the start of the service, check your internet speed to ensure you have a fast-enough connection for Live Streaming video. The HD video requires a consistent download speed of 5mbps.

If you are experiencing a poor internet connection on Wi-Fi you may like to watch the stream on your phone using the 4G connection. If you continue to experience problems while viewing indoors, then Funeral Video Australia recommends you go outside to a spot with good 4G reception. Please talk to Funeral Video austral staff directly using the WebChat that is available on the page if you are having any problems. Refresh your webpage if you don't see the video close to the starting time. If you are continuing to experience problems, please don't stress, the video will be available to watch on this private page on the same day as the service.

In lieu of flowers, John’s wife has asked that all donations be made to Legacy. 
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