On Friday, 17 April 2015, the 2nd Annual ANZAC Great Debate was held in HCMC.

The Topic

New Zealand should become a state of Australia!

Plots and sub plots

There were plots and sub plots aplenty. Not only was it Australia Vs New Zealand, it was CBRE Vs Savills. Intra firm rivalry was on full display when a partner at Frasers Law Company took on its esteemed Managing Partner! And then we had the horribly torn and conflicted adjudicator who is the Kiwi running RMIT, the Australian University. Just as well the MC is a Brit…

The Teams (comprising key personnel from some of AusCham’s biggest sponsors and member companies)

The case FOR:

  • Australia – Justin Gisz (Frasers Law Company), Greg Ohan (CBRE) and Hugh Southall (TBWA Vietnam).

The case AGAINST

  • New Zealand – Warrick Cleine (KPMG), Mark Fraser (Frasers Law Company) and Simon Dickie (Savills)

The Adjudicator

  • Professor Gael McDonald (RMIT University Vietnam)\

The MC

  • Jamie Rossall (Crown Relocations)

The Verdict

Victory to the Kiwis (for the second year). New Zealand should NOT become a state of Australia.

The Charity

Proceeds from the night totalled VND 23.8million (approx. USD1,100) which will be donated to the Loreto Program.


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