May 2013

Bill Gates and Tony Jones listen as UNSW Vice-Chancellor Fred Hilmer speaks to the audience

Bill Gates and Q&A host Tony Jones listen as UNSW Vice-Chancellor Fred Hilmer speaks to the audience, Premier Barry O’Farrell waits to speak at the right.

 

Bill Gates, the world’s richest man was broadcast tonight on ABC’s Q&A. Filmed on location at UNSW’s Sir John Clancy Auditorium as part of his whirlwind trip, Gates attempted to try and convince Australia to honour foreign aid pledges.

The creator of Microsoft and co-founder of the  Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation, Bill Gates will be spending 14 hours in Australia in an attempt to compel the government to increase its foreign aid budget in the midst of its decision to delay meeting foreign aid targets until 2017-18.

Demand to see Gates speak was high,  with almost 3,500 students and alumni entering the UNSW competition for tickets, resulting in the university being inundated with requests to attend the talk.