2021 Vernon Parker Oration and Dinner – Bookings now open


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The Australian Naval Institute is pleased to announce the 2021 Vernon Parker Oration will be delivered by General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC(Mil) CVO MC (Retd).

Bookings are now open for the 2021 ANI Vernon Parker Oration and Annual Dinner.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021, 6.15pm for 7.00pm
National Ballroom,  Hotel Realm
18 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

Sir Peter was Governor-General from 2014-2019 and is a former Chief of the Defence Force.

Born into an Army family, Peter Cosgrove attended Waverley College in Sydney before graduating from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1968. He was deployed in Malaysia and Vietnam, served as Commander of INTERFET in East Timor prior promotion to Chief of Army and later Chief of the Australian Defence Force.  He retired from the ADF in 2005. He served as Governor-General from 2014 until June 2019.  Sir Peter was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty the Queen in August 2019.   

In retirement, he remains involved with defence, health and other charitable organisations.  In January 2020 Sir Peter accepted the voluntary role as chairman of the Business Council of Australia’s Community Rebuilding Initiative in response to the 2019/20 bushfires, leading a group of eminent business and community leaders to work with government and the community in the rebuilding process.

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