Manufacturing Matters: National Manufacturing Summit 2017

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Australian Parliament House, Canberra

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Canberra, ACT 2600

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Speakers: Minister for Industry Senator Arthur Sinodinos, Shadow Minister for Industry Senator Kim Carr, Senator Nick Xenophon, Senator Lee Rhiannon, Roy Green (UTS Business School), Laura Tingle (Australian Financial Review), Richard Denniss (The Australia Institute), Grant Anderson (The ANCA Group), David Turvey (Dept. of Industry, Innovation & Science), Jill Sheppard (Australian National University), Tim Ayres (Australian Manufacturing Workers Union), Sean Wong (BlueScope Steel Ltd), Jens Goennemann (Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre)

For years, Australians have heard mostly “bad” news from manufacturing: losses, closures, and redundancies. They could be forgiven for assuming this sector has no future. But that pessimism is badly misplaced: in fact, this is a unique moment of opportunity for Australian manufacturing. The rebalancing of the national economy (in light of changing trade patterns, commodity prices, and exchange rates) creates important openings for advanced manufacturing. And Australia’s proven capacities for innovation and design are another crucial advantage. Already there are encouraging signs that manufacturers are taking advantage of these opportunities: employment in the sector increased significantly over the last year.

The Centre for Future Work has documented the structural and strategic importance of manufacturing to Australia: its unique innovation, its crucial contributions to national exports, its superior productivity and income-generating potential, its extensive supply chain linkages. (See our recent report for details).

Now we are assembling a diverse group of industry stakeholders to build on this opportunity – by elevating the prominence of manufacturing in policy debates and public awareness. In fact, average Australians already know that a strong manufacturing sector is essential: recent opinion research published in the Fairfax media suggested public support for manufacturing was stronger, and broader, than any other issue their pollsters tested. We believe that a cross-sectoral alliance of stakeholders can leverage this sentiment, and translate it into action.

Please join us in Canberra on June 21, 2017 for a day that will document and celebrate the positive potential of innovative, advanced, sustainable manufacturing to Australia’s future prosperity.

For more information about the conference, please visit our website, call The Australia Institute office (02 6130 0530) or email organiser Jim Stanford.

The Full Conference Pass includes the evening reception, which runs from 6pm to 8pm on the night of the conference, at Endeavour House in Manuka.

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