Former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and John Howard visited the US Studies Centre on 24 September 2009 to participate in the Centre's inaugural Council of Advisors meeting. They were joined at the meeting by Council Co-Chair Mark Johnson who is also Chairman of Macquarie Infrastructure Group, CEO of Citigroup Australia Stephen Roberts, University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Michael Spence, former Australian parliamentarian Michael Baume, Chairman of the US Studies Centre Malcolm Binks and Centre CEO Geoffrey Garrett.

The Council met with the Centre's new class of Post Doctoral Fellows and discussed the Centre's strategic plan that will be presented to its Board of Directors in December.

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