On the afternoon of Monday 13 November 2023 representatives of all Australia’s Royal Societies met with the Patron of the Royal Societies of Australia, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC(Rtd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley at Government House Canberra. The RSA thanks Their Excellencies for the opportunity to provide them with an update on the activities of Australia’s Royal Societies and how they might work together for the betterment of Australian society.

Royal Society representatives at the meeting were:

  • Mr John Hardie AM FRSN, President, Royal Societies of Australia
  • Professor Jocelyn McPhie, President, Royal Society of Tasmania
  • Dr Susan Pond AM FRSN, President, Royal Society of New South Wales
  • Dr Nelson Quinn, President, Royal Society of Queensland
  • Dr Wayne Harvey, President, Royal Society of South Australia
  • Professor Treena Burgess, General Secretary, Royal Society of Western Australia
  • Mr Rob Gell AM, President, Royal Society of Victoria
  • Mr Mike Flattley, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Society of Victoria
  • Dr Geoff Edwards, Policy Coordinator, Royal Society of Queensland
  • Emeritus Professor Stephen Hill AM FRSN, Hon. Secretary, Royal Societies of Australia
  • Mr Bruce Ramage, Royal Societies of Australia

Following presentations from each Society, and further discussion, the gathering participated in singing a song specially written for the occasion by Mrs Hurley. The CEO of the Royal Society of Victoria, Mr Mike Flattley, was invited to accompany the group at the piano.