Generally Speaking

All three Hills based State MPs had the rare honour of attending a private lunch sponsored by former Defence Chief Peter Cosgrove last week (7 December).
 
General Cosgrove invited the Parliamentarians to lunch in his capacity as Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University where they discussed education policy, rugby and the upcoming Centenary of ANZAC.
 
Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott, a former peacekeeper who served under the General, said the luncheon gave the local members an opportunity to brief the former Chief of Defence Force on local preparations for the Centenary of ANZAC.
 
“General Cosgrove was impressed and excited at how much work had already been done,” Mr Elliott said.
 
“He was advised that the local Castle Hill RSL Sub-Branch, and in particularly Colonel Don Tait, had gathered a committee of community leaders to oversee commemorations which would probably serve as a template for other local government areas.”
 
The luncheon was hosted by the Chartwell Society, a small group of Liberal backbenchers convened by Mr Elliott and Mr Perrottet to foster political discussion between Government MPs and prominent leaders. Previous speakers include Prince Richard The Duke of Gloucester, former Prime Minister John Howard AC and business leader James Packer. Next year will see the Chartwell Society meet with Cardinal George Pell and radio host Alan Jones.