On Tuesday April 11, we returned to the Kirribilli Club for another in the highly successful series of ‘Breakfast with our Leaders’ events. On this occasion, our guest was the Hon. Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation and 147 people attended.

The Minister presented an overview of some of the major issues his portfolio is presently confronting. They seem to include all the most difficult political problems in the domestic arena: housing affordability in Sydney and Melbourne, job creation away from urban centres, infrastructure to support rapid population growth to mention just three. Not only are these issues extremely complex in themselves, they also involve all levels of government making the challenges of reaching consensus on the best way forward even more difficult. The answers to guests’ questions regarding the feasibility of differential pay scales across regions and social disruption caused by building new infrastructure demonstrated the Minister’s skill in avoiding controversy, as far as that is possible in his role.

After the meeting, several guests expressed their interest in Rotary’s End Polio Now program and our Club’s newest project, ‘Living Fences’ for East Indonesia. We are now working to see how this interest can be realised to the benefit of these and our other most worthy causes.