• OPH in the pink.

    OPH in the pink.

  • Jack Walker, Will Evans and Sandy Kay-Davis

    Jack Walker, Will Evans and Sandy Kay-Davis

  • Lisa Keen

    Lisa Keen

  • Brian Tyson, Feyi Akindoyeni and Michael Van Maanlen

    Brian Tyson, Feyi Akindoyeni and Michael Van Maanlen

  • Uma Patel, Jack Taylor, Henry Belot and Matthew Doran

    Uma Patel, Jack Taylor, Henry Belot and Matthew Doran

  • Christine Grima and Geoff Crowe

    Christine Grima and Geoff Crowe

  • Sali Miftari and Simon Woolmer

    Sali Miftari and Simon Woolmer

  • Liza Davis and Kristy Domitrovic

    Liza Davis and Kristy Domitrovic

  • Di Thomas, Peter Tucker and Jill Smith

    Di Thomas, Peter Tucker and Jill Smith

  • Colin Dunsford, David Rich, Bethwyn Serow and Timothy Sexton

    Colin Dunsford, David Rich, Bethwyn Serow and Timothy Sexton

  • David Pratt and Kater Lidberger

    David Pratt and Kater Lidberger

  • Andrew Alexander, Suzanne Pitson and Paul Higgins

    Andrew Alexander, Suzanne Pitson and Paul Higgins

  • Fiona Simson and Anthony Flannery

    Fiona Simson and Anthony Flannery

  • Tim McPhail, Jen Zemsk, Dan Lloyd and Steve Lewis

    Tim McPhail, Jen Zemsk, Dan Lloyd and Steve Lewis

  • Mark Metherall and Michael Moore

    Mark Metherall and Michael Moore

  • Bec Cody and Michael Patterson

    Bec Cody and Michael Patterson

Newgate: Back to Canberra Cocktail Party

15 February 2017

Newgate

In what once was the Member’s Dining Room of Old Parliament House Newgate Australia held their annual ‘Back to Canberra ‘ soiree for their clients, bringing together an eclectic mix of people to mix and mingle, network and catch before the start of the new Parliamentary year. It’s a lovely space, imbued with the history and hysterics of the origins of the Australian parliament and Canberra as the capital, but these days it’s ideal as a function centre and home to the Museum of Australian Democracy with the unfortunate acronym of MOAD that sounds like an endangered species.

Newgate Australia is a growing company with branches around Australia, it offers their clients expertise in areas of dealing with the ever growing complexities of the mire that is government- state and federal -  using knowledge garnered at the coal face and in the intriguing world of lobbying, establishing contacts and finding solutions “navigating the interface of business, politics, markets and media”. Everyone with any experience or longevity in Canberra knows it’s not what but who you know that makes it easier to connect and many a contact over the back fence is as handy as those in the corridors of power.

So to the background sounds of Lisa Keen at her piano and the klink of glasses the young guns of the Press Gallery mixed with their own, the clients from the opera and orchestras from around the country and the company men from Suisse rubbed shoulders with staffers from the hill and the new kids on the block at the little government that is the Legislative Assembly in Canberra. The smokers took to the verandahs under the pink glow that lit up the back of the old house, and pondered the New Year ahead, while all that is calm about Canberra through the summer months faded with the sunset. A perfect prelude to the year  ahead.