Chancellor on Australian security

Wednesday, 10 April 2013


ACU Chancellor General Peter Cosgrove AC, MC delivered the second Sir Paul Hasluck Lecture on Thursday.

“Shall our kids have bullets or beans – Australia’s future security” is the title of the 2013 Lecture, given at ACU’s Melbourne campus on Thursday 11 April 2013.

The Sir Paul Hasluck Foundation was established in 2012 to honour Sir Paul’s contribution to Australian public and intellectual life and to promote and inform conservative thought and debate of key issues facing Australia.

The Foundation seeks to celebrate the central insight of Sir Paul’s life: that learning and ideas matter.

An annual lecture series rotates around the Australian states, with each lecture featuring a renowned speaker addressing a significant contemporary issue drawing on Sir Paul’s interests and principles.

General Cosgrove has been Chancellor of ACU since 2010. His distinguished service over 40 years in the Australian Army included seven years as Chief of the Australian Defence.

General Cosgrove was awarded the Military Cross for his service in Vietnam and was appointed a Companion of the Military Division of the Order of Australia for his leadership of the 9000-strong multinational INTERFET force sent to restore order in East Timor between 1999 and 2000. The following year he was named Australian of the Year and in 2009 ACU gave him an honorary doctorate, the highest award of the University.

Read a transcript of the lecture