Lunch with Tony Abbott…what was on the menu?

April 15, 2013 by  
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Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has addressed a luncheon with Jewish leaders in Sydney.

Yair Miller, Danny Lamm, Tony Abbott, Peter Wertheim and Vic Alhadeff

Yair Miller, Danny Lamm, Tony Abbott, Peter Wertheim and Vic Alhadeff     photo: Giselle Haber

The event was hosted last Friday by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.

J-Wire has been told that matters discussed were not for publication. NSWJBD CEO Vic Alhadeff said: “Our Luncheon Clubs are held within Chatham House rules.”

The Chatham House Rule is a core principle that governs the confidentiality of the source of information received at a meeting. The rule originated in June 1927 at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House. Since its refinement in 2002, the rule states:

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

The rule allows people to speak as individuals and to express views that may not be those of their organisations, and therefore, encourages free discussion. Speakers are free to voice their own opinions, without concern for their personal reputation or their official duties and affiliations. The Chatham House Rule resolves a boundary problem faced by many communities of practice, in that it permits acknowledgment of the community or conversation, while protecting the freedom of interaction that is necessary for the community to carry out its conversations.



2 Responses to “Lunch with Tony Abbott…what was on the menu?”
  1. Otto Waldmann says:

    Chatam House Rules do NOT apply to private lunches.
    Not wanting to disclose what was discusssed applies to the NSWJBD’s transparency policy.

    Anyways, certain pleople in the picture should refrain from having lunches or any other meals at all,, lest the suit HE is wearing will explode at the seams, it seems………….

  2. Lynne Newington says:

    I’m sure the dinner began and ended amicably, there would be lot’s to talk about with the federal election just five months away.
    Where will you hold the next one, with addressee Prime MinisterJulia Gillard.

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