Tuesday, 17 March 2015
In the morning, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, as Patron, received Major-General Tim Ford AO, Chairman, Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project, an initiative which aims to create a national memorial that will appropriately honour the sacrifice of Australian Peacekeepers in the service of international peace and security, and recognise the courage and professionalism of Australian Peacekeepers in the face of the particular challenges of their operations.
Afterwards, His Excellency, accompanied by Mrs Linda Hurley, attended the Seniors’ Week Concert ‘Flavours of Italy’ at Burwood RSL Club hosted by ‘Co.As.It’, an organisation established to promote the Italian language and culture in New South Wales.
In the afternoon, the Governor received Brigadier Gary Hogan (Ret’d) for discussion in preparation for the forthcoming State Visit of the Prime Minister of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Later, His Excellency, accompanied by Mrs Hurley, was invested as a Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem by the Lord Prior, The Honourable Dr Neil Conn AO GCStJ, at a ceremony at Government House, followed by a Reception.
In the evening, the Governor, accompanied by Mrs Hurley, received His Excellency Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam, accompanied by Madame Tran Thanh Kiem.
Subsequently, His Excellency and Mrs Hurley hosted a State Dinner in honour of the Prime Minister, attended by Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, and Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE; Mr Hugh Borrowman , Australian Ambassador to The Socialist Republic of Vietnam; His Excellency Mr Bui Quang Vinh, Minister of Planning and Investment; Mr Bui Quoc Bao, Assistant of the Prime Minister; His Excellency Mr Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; His Excellency Mr Dinh La Thang, Minister of Transport; Emeritus Professor Kerry Goulston AO, Deputy Chair of the Hoc Mãi Foundation; Ms Le Ho, Capital City Waste Sydney; Mr Hoang Minh Son, Consul-General of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam; Brigadier Gary Hogan AM, Director - Defence and National Security Advisory, KPMG; His Excellency Mr Le Hoai Trung , Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr Jonathan McKeown, Chief Executive, Water Australia; His Excellency Mr Nguyen Bac Son, Minister of Information and Communications; His Excellency Mr Nguyen Van Nen, Minister and Head of the Government Office; His Excellency Mr Pham Vu Luan, Minister of Education and Training; Ms Mary Reemst, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie Group; His Excellency Mr Thanh Nghi Luong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; Mr Robert Trzebski, Chief Operating Officer, Austmine Limited; and His Excellency Mr Vu Huy Hoang, Minister of Industry and Trade.