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  • Monday, August 26, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Sydney Trades Hall

    Roundtable: Paid Parental Leave with Ásdís Aðalbjörg Arnalds, Academic from the University of Iceland

    Ben Oquist (The Australia Institute), Ásdís Arnalds (University of Iceland), Professor Andrew Scott (Deakin University)(Deakin
    The Australia Institute Nordic Policy Centre, together with the Centre for Future Work invite you to an important roundtable on paid parental leave, with an Icelandic example of how to get it right.

    This roundtable will feature visiting guest speaker from the University of Iceland, Ásdís Aðalbjörg Arnalds to discuss ‘the proven benefits of more extensive Paid Parental Leave including for improving fathers’ roles in children’s lives

    Ms Arnalds is a visiting academic from the Social Science Research Institute at the University of Iceland. She is a thought leader on Iceland’s equal rights to paid parental leave and will share new research on how Iceland’s laws have created a more equal division of care between parents and improved fathers’ longer-term involvement in their children’s lives. The discussion will explore the relevance to Australia and would benefit greatly from your participation.

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Embassy of Finland in Yarralumla, Australia

    Roundtable: Vocational Education with Professor Pasi Sahlberg, Finland’s world-leading expert on education policy


    The Embassy of Finland in Canberra & The Nordic Policy Centre at the Australia Institute present a roundtable discussion on building an equitable vocational pathway in Australian higher education, learning from Finland’s successes.


    + Professor Pasi Sahlberg, Finland’s world-leading expert on education policy; and
    + Ms Jeannie Rea, Immediate Past President of Australia’s National Tertiary Education Union, Chair of Criminal Justice and International Community Development program, Victoria University

  • Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Embassy of Denmark in Canberra, Australia

    Roundtable: Nordic countries the EU and implications for Australia, with Dr Lykke Friis, former Danish Minister for the Environment, Energy & Gender Equality

    The Royal Danish Embassy & the Nordic Policy Centre at The Australia Institute request the presence of your company at a round table discussion: 'Priorities and challenges for the Nordic countries and EU, and the implications for Australia'.

    With special guest, Dr Lykke Friis, Berlin correspondent for the national Danish daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende, former Danish Minister for the Environment, Energy and Equality and former Prorector of the University of Copenhagen.

    Dr Lykke Friis will discuss efforts to entrench action against climate change, and issues facing the European Union beyond Brexit including the precariousness of the Italian economy.  along with outlining the multi-partisan approach in Denmark to advancing gender equality and in support of maintaining freely accessible higher education.

  • Wednesday, March 07, 2018 at 10:30 AM
    Embassy of Denmark in Canberra, Australia

    Launch of The Australia Institute Nordic Policy Centre

    The launch of The Nordic Policy Centre will bring together policy experts, public commentators and diplomats to discuss the lessons Australian can learn from Nordic policy approaches. We will launch our first research publication on lessons for Australia on revenue-raising options that lead to better public services, learning from Nordic nations.

    Speakers include:

    + Tom Norring, Ambassador of Denmark
    Lars Backstrom, Ambassador of Finland
    Beate Gabrielson, Deputy Head of Mission, Royal Norwegian Embassy
    Andrew Scott, Professor of Politics and Policy at Deakin University
    Ben Oquist, Executive Director of The Australia Institute

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