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The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP and Professor Menachem Magidor, President, Hebrew University, 28 November 2008

Boardroom Briefing

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Liberal Party and Professor Menachem Magidor, President, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, addressed a private boardroom lunch for 80 CEO's of the Chamber's Sponsor and Gold Club companies in Sydney on the topic of 'Innovation - the key to our success!' This event was kindly supported by Allens Arthur Robinson and The Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund.

Malcolm Turnbull, who recently took over the reins of the federal Liberal Party is possibly the Rudd Government’s biggest threat to securing a second term in office. Malcolm shared his views on how Australia’s prosperity, economic strength and its ability to compete in the global economy, all depend on valuing innovation, harnessing its potential and putting it to work for the benefit of all Australians.

Professor Menachem Magidor, the President of one of Israel’s leading universities, discussed how Israel, a country of only 7 million people with no natural resources, has established its entire economy on human capital and innovation. Israel’s culture of innovation has positioned it as a world leader in R&D in hi-tech, bio-tech, medical devices, pharmaceutical and clean-tech.

The Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund celebrates its 30th Year of supporting scientific innovation and research at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem by presenting its 2008 Prize for Discovery in Medical Research – a prize which recognises discoveries made by young scientists, and the potential of their work to alleviate disease. The 2008 award, sponsored by The Schwartz Foundation, was presented by Malcolm Turnbull MP to Dr Catherine Leamey, for identification of a gene essential to binocular vision. The Prize is just one of many Fund initiatives supporting innovation and collaboration between the two Universities.

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