This week in Events

This week in Events, WA Business News previews some of the events that are on in Perth in April.


Breakfast with Hugh Mackay


On Tuesday April 20 the Institute for Research into International Competitiveness is conducting the first Business Economics Forum of 2004, at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel.

The forum will feature a presentation of the Economic Outlook for Western Australia and Australia by Institute for Research into International Competitiveness director Professor Peter Kenyon.

Following this presentation social commentator and researcher Hugh Mackay will deliver a keynote address on the topic, Has the Invisible Hand Disappeared? Morality for Modern Decision Makers.

During his presentation Mr Mackay will focus on moral decision making in business and government and address questions such as, is what is legal right? How do we balance self interest with the interests of others in our society? And is Adam Smith’s famous invisible hand devoid of benevolence in modern capitalism?

Registration for the forum is free for WA Business Economics Forum members, $55 for non-members and $44 for Alumni members. Registration can be made with the Institute for Research into International Competitiveness by phoning 9266 3041.


Power & Gas Forum


On Tuesday April 20 to Thursday April 22 IIR Conferences is running the 2004 WA Power and Gas Forum, at the Duxton Hotel.

Billed as the quintessential event for the WA power and gas industry, the forum has been designed to foster the positive growth of industry and deliver a comprehensive insight into the key issues surrounding power and gas in WA.

Topics that will be addressed during the forum include an update of WA government policy and legislation; implementing electricity market reform; attracting investment in power infrastructure for WA; improving security of supply in WA’s energy market; and understanding the future for renewable energy in WA.

Keynote speakers at the forum include Minister for State Development the Honourable Clive Brown; WA Office of Energy Electricity Reform Implementation Unit executive director Steve Edwell; Office of Gas Access Regulation executive director Peter Kolf; and WA Sustainable Energy Association chairman Matthew Rosser.

Registration for the forum can be made with IIR Conferences for $2524.50 per person, for further information or to register contact Peter Spanos on (02) 9923 5078 or email 


Emotional Intelligence Workshop


The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia is running a workshop titled Understanding and Developing Emotional Intelligence, on Wednesday April 21 at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Function Centre.

This interactive and engaging one-day workshop will provide participants with a practical understanding of emotional intelligence and why it is important and has been designed to help participants assess their own emotional intelligence and develop realistic methods for improving it.

The workshop will be presented by Michael DiLallo who has over 20 years of experience in human resources, with much of this experience coming from working with senior managers at both a strategic and operational level within large multinational companies.

Registration for the workshop can be made with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia for $385 for members or $577.50 for non-members. For further information or to register phone 9365 7500 or log on to


New Business in Korea Seminar


Austrade is holding a seminar titled, Korea on the Axis of Asia: As China Leads the Way, New Business Models Emerge in Korea, on Wednesday April 21, at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel.

The seminar has been designed to brief participants on South Korea's dynamic strategy to position itself as a Northeast Asian business hub, which has given rise to new investment, and consequently opportunities for Australian businesses in South Korea.

In addition to presenting a range of opportunities stemming from current projects already underway, the keynote speakers will unlock the complexities of the supply pipeline, and demonstrate financial packaging solutions.

Keynote speakers for the seminar include, Austrade senior trade commissioner Elizabeth Masamune; Republic of Korea Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Sang-Hoon Cho; Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency, executive vice-president, Dong-Sik Jeong; and Macquarie Group of Companies, country head, John Walker.

Registration for the seminar can be made with Austrade for $75 which includes a light lunch. For further information or to register log on to or email

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