Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann, two of the most respected political journalists in Australia, will entertain and enlighten Australia’s vegetable growers over breakfast at the 2013 AUSVEG National Convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence, as they share tales amassed from over 20 years at the coalface of Australian politics.

The pair will regale attendees at the Saturday Morning Breakfast on 1 June, as part of the AUSVEG National Convention, the largest event of its type in Australian horticulture.

“The stories, scandals and characters of Australian politics will be exposed as Lewis and Uhlmann highlight some of the most interesting tales from our nation’s halls of power,” said AUSVEG Communications and Public Affairs Manager, William Churchill.

AUSVEG is the national Peak Industry Body representing Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers.

The shared experiences of Uhlmann and Lewis have been pooled to inspire the recently released political satirical thriller The Marmalade Files, which features a highly popular Prime Minister who is fluent in Chinese and gets stabbed in the back, replaced through the political machinations of their own party.

“If Lewis and Uhlmann’s fiction sounds eerily close to the truth, it is because these two have an intimate knowledge of the workings of the Australian political system, and they bring this experience to their writing,” said Mr Churchill.

“The vegetable industry is full of larger than life characters, so I am sure that Australian growers will be able to laugh and relate to Lewis and Uhlmann’s stories about our nation’s decision makers,” said Mr Churchill.

The experienced journalists will not only be part of the Saturday Morning Entertainment, they will also serve as moderators for two of the events that make up the speaker program at the AUSVEG National Convention.

“Chris will be the moderator for the Great Debate at this year’s convention, while Steve will moderate the Food Industry Security Panel, discussing the ramifications of the loss of local food producers in Australia,” said Mr Churchill.

“With an incredibly diverse range of speakers and topics to be discussed at this year’s convention, attendees are sure to find the experience exciting, enlightening and entertaining” said Mr Churchill.

Images of speakers are available from the media contact listed below.


MEDIA CONTACT: William Churchill, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, AUSVEG
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