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Business Advisory Forum starts today | Taskforce on Manufacturing — second meeting | Prime Minister to attend ACTU Congress.

Business Advisory Forum starts today
 
Leading business figures will head to Canberra today to attend the inaugural Business Advisory Forum.

The government has released the list of 26 representatives who will join the Prime Minister and state and territory leaders at the Forum.

The Minister for Finance and Deregulation and the Minister Assisting for Deregulation will also attend.

Business figures attending the Business Advisory Forum will:
  • nominate new areas of reform to help lift productivity and drive investment
  • advise governments on how best to progress the remaining areas of competition and regulatory reform
  • discuss ways in which to lift regulatory performance and ensure the economic benefits from key reforms are sustained over time.
NSW Business Chamber CEO Stephen Cartwright says today’s inaugural meeting of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Forum in Canberra is an important first step for the business community across the country.

Cartwright will attend the ‘invitation only’ gathering as a representative of more than 9000 businesses throughout New South Wales.

‘The idea for the meeting came out of a discussion I had with the Finance Minister Penny Wong last year and I’m delighted that both Senator Wong and the Prime Minister have seen fit to bring the idea to life,’ Cartwright said.

‘The Prime Minister has shown strong leadership in bringing business and government together, and identifying that creating a strong, resilient and diverse national economy is an absolute priority.’
 

 
Taskforce on Manufacturing — second meeting
 
The Prime Minister's Taskforce on Manufacturing held its second meeting in Melbourne yesterday.

Leaders from manufacturing businesses, unions and the research sector joined the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for Industry and Innovation and the Minister for Defence Materiel to discuss opportunities and challenges for Australian manufacturing, as part of the work plan agreed at the last meeting on 30 November 2011.

The Minister for Industry and Innovation updated the taskforce on measures announced today to strengthen Australian Industry Participation Rules for major private sector and government-funded projects. These measures are aimed at improving opportunities for local suppliers and service providers to win contracts on large resources and infrastructure developments.


 
Prime Minister to attend ACTU Congress
 
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will address the first afternoon session of the ACTU Congress in Sydney next month.

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten, has also been confirmed as speaking on the final morning of the Congress on 17 May.

They join other high-profile guest speakers, including former Prime Minister and Treasurer Paul Keating and ex-ACTU Secretary Bill Kelty, who will both address the Congress Dinner on 16 May.

The president of the Washington DC-based Economic Policy Institute, Lawrence Mishel, is the keynote international speaker.

Almost 1000 delegates representing workers from every industry and sector in Australia will attend the ACTU Congress at the Sydney Convention Centre from 15 to 17 May.
 
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