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Due to the changing COVID-19 situation we have decided to postpone this event.


Please join the Lowy Institute for a conversation with two rising stars of Australian politics, Peter Khalil MP and Dave Sharma MP. The conversation will be moderated by the Institute’s director of research, Alex Oliver.
Peter Khalil is the Labor Member for Wills, elected to Parliament in 2016 and re-elected at the 2019 election. Prior to his parliamentary career, Mr Khalil was a Victorian Multicultural Commissioner. He was foreign policy adviser to the prime minister in 2007-08, served in Iraq with the Department of Defence and has worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Mr Khalil has bachelor’s degrees in arts and law from Melbourne University and a master’s degree in international law from Australian National University.

Dave Sharma was elected to Parliament as the Liberal Member for Wentworth at the 2019 federal election. He was formerly a career diplomat, serving in Papua New Guinea and Washington DC before being appointed Australia’s Ambassador to Israel in 2013. He has been an adviser to Australia’s foreign minister and was head of the International Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2010 to 2012. He graduated in law with first class honours from the University of Cambridge.


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