National Manufacturing Summit 2017

After years of downsizing and pessimism, there are encouraging signs that the manufacturing industry in Australia may be turning a corner. Employment and new orders have grown. Business optimism is improving. And Australians still firmly believe that a healthy manufacturing sector is crucial to national prosperity.

The Centre for Future Work and The Australia Institute are hosting the National Manufacturing Summit, a one-day gathering at Parliament House. The goal is to gather experts from industry, the policy community, higher education, and the media to discuss the renewed positive potential for Australian manufacturing, consider how the industry is presently perceived, identify barriers to its future expansion, and propose initiatives to accelerate the sector’s innovation and growth.

Speakers and panels will include industry leaders, policy experts, political leaders, and journalists.

Keynote speaker

Robert Kuttner – Heller School, Brandeis University; and Co-Editor of The American Prospect

Manufacturing Jobs and the Wellbeing of Our Communities: A View from the US

The loss of manufacturing jobs has caused widespread, lasting hardship in many industrial societies. And now, in the wake of Brexit and Trump, the political consequences of that ongoing hardship can no longer be ignored. Why is manufacturing work so important to the wellbeing of communities, and what can be done to start repairing the damage? 

Other speakers

  • Laura Tingle, Political Editor, Australian Financial Review
  • Richard Denniss, Chief Economist, The Australia Institute
  • Roy Green, Dean, UTS Business School
  • David Turvey, Dept. of Industry, Innovation & Science
  • Jill Sheppard, Australian National University
  • Sean Wong, Manager of Product Innovation & Technology, BlueScope Steel
  •  Grant Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, the ANCA Group
  • Jens Goennemann, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
  • Minister for Industry Senator Arthur Sinodinos
  • Senator Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Industry
  • Senator Nick Xenophon, Leader, Nick Xenophon Team
  • Senator Lee Rhiannon, Spokesperson for Industry, Australian Greens
  • Start : 21/06/2017 9:30 am
  • End : 21/06/2017 4:30 pm
  • Where :

    Australian Parliament House, Canberra