This week in Events

WA Business News previews some of the events that are on in Perth in April.


Defamation Seminar


The WA Law Society is running a seminar on defamation law titled Sticks and Stones and Words Can Harm Me, on Wednesday April 28 at their offices at Level 4, 89 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

The seminar has been designed to provide attendees with an understanding of recent cases in the area of defamation and will explore topics such as choice of forum, available defences and current trends for damages.

Keynote speakers include the Honourable Justice Nicholas Hasluck from the Supreme Court of WA; John Chaney SC from Francis Burt Chambers who will speak on the topic of choice of law in defamation via the internet; Edwards Wallace partner Carmel Galati who will discuss developments in fair comment; and Wayne Martin QC from Francis Burt Chambers who will talk about developments in the political discussion of defamation.

Registration for the seminar can be made with the Law Society of WA for $93.50 for members, $187 for non-members, $66 for articled clerks with papers and $38.50 for articled clerks without papers. For further information or to register phone 9322 7877 or log on to


WA Media Club Launch


On Thursday April 29 the WA Media Club, a joint venture between the WA Journalists Association and Atticus Communications, is holding its inaugural function in the Terrace Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from 12pm to 3pm.

The WA Media Club has been established to provide journalists with a forum to meet with key- personnel from all areas of life, to discuss issues relevant to Western Australia and build constructive relationships.

The launch function will feature 7:30 Report host and Gold Walkley Award winning journalist Kerry O’Brien, who is recognised as one Australia’s leading journalists with over 30 years of experience in the media.

Registration for the function can be made with Atticus Communications for $67 for WA Journalist Association members or $77 for non-members. For further information or to register phone 9386 8966.


Family Business Forum


Family Business Australia WA Chapter is conducting a family business forum titled Family Business On the Move – A One Day Learning Journey, on Thursday April 29 at the WA Maritime Museum.

The forum has been designed to provide participants with a unique opportunity to gain valuable information in an environment where they can share experiences and network with other family businesses.

Keynote speakers at the forum include Deloitte account director Stuart Wilson who will speak on why branding is so important for family businesses; Spherion Recruitment Solutions regional director Tony Puglisi who will talk about employment and remuneration issues for family businesses; MG Kailis Group managing director Alex Kailis who will discuss taking the family business to the world; Feinauer Commercial Lawyers principal Dirk Feinauer who will demonstrate how to make mediation work for your family business; and Leeuwin Estate founder Denis Horgan who will talk about handing over the family business an opportunity or obligation for the next generation.

Registration for the forum can be made with Family Business Australia WA Chapter for $187 for members or $220 for non-members. For further information or to register phone 9201 2444 or email


Strategic Planning Seminar


On Thursday April 29 the Centre for Professional Excellence is holding a business seminar on strategic planning, at Fraser’s Restaurant.

The seminar will feature former SAS commander and Australia’s principal special forces strategic planner for the Iraq military campaign Peter Tinley, who will demonstrate how the SAS’s approach to strategic planning at the highest level provides a benchmark for the corporate sector.

Topics that will be covered during the seminar include the importance of scenario based contingency and continuance planning; leadership in dynamic environments; how a resource constrained small to medium enterprise can win in global competition; the application of the military planning model to strategic challenges; and the sustainable point of difference of the SAS.

Registration for the seminar can be made with the Centre for Professional Excellence by phoning 9336 7202.


North West Tourism Conference


On Wednesday April 28 and Thursday April 29 the Derby Visitor Centre is hosting a Visitor Servicing Conference for Australia’s North West Region, at the King Sound Resort Hotel in Derby.

The conference has been designed to provide an opportunity for attendees to workshop issues facing visitor centres in the North West, as well as providing a networking forum between visitor centres in the region and their partners.

Keynote speakers at the conference include Minister for Tourism, the Honourable Bob Kucera; Tourism North West acting chairperson Ian Laurance; Parkin Tourism Services principal Noel Parkin; and WA Visitor Servicing Study project manager Jennifer Duffecy.

Registration for the conference can be made with Tourism North West by phoning Pam Masters on 9191 1426 or emailing


Managing the Workplace Workshop


On Friday April 30 UWA Extension is running a workshop titled Creatively Managing the Workplace with Myers Briggs, at the Campus of the University of Western Australia.

The workshop will use the Myer Briggs Personality Type Indicator and Temperament Models to assist managers to work creatively with their team's differences, strengths and weaknesses.

Topics that will be covered during the workshop include identifying participants personality types; strengths and weaknesses of each type and their impact in the work environment; how personality differences can cause conflict and communication breakdown in the workplace; examine how to take advantage of  a range of personality preferences when problem-solving; and developing ways to pick different types while communicating.

Registration for the workshop can be made with UWA Extension for $275 per person, for further information or to register phone 9380 2433 or log on to

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