Peter Beattie tells manufacturers to stop underselling themselves [VIDEO]

Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie talks to AIMEX 2011 delegates about the opportunities facing manufacturers supplying to the resources sector, and addresses standards, equity and funding.{^YouTubeVideo|(url)|(width)425|(height)264|(fs)1|(rel)1|(color1)#2B405B|(color2)#6B84B6^}

“Australia does have excellence when it comes to manufacturing and supply. And therefore we should be talking up in a very positive sense what skills we do have. We do have a lot of them. We are very globally-competitive,” said Beattie during his address to conference visitors at AIMEX 2011 in Homebush, Sydney this week.

“Too often we talk down the skills that we have. While the Australian dollar is a problem, there’s no doubt that we have quality and reliability at the forefront of what gives us an advantage both domestically and internationally.”

Beattie was addressing delegates in his new role as Resources Sector Supplier Envoy.

Beattie’s new role as Australia’s first Resources Sector Supplier Envoy will be to work with local manufacturers as part of the government’s Buy Australia at Home and Abroad initiative.

The new Buy Australian at Home and Abroad initiative is designed to help Australian suppliers benefit from the nation’s major resources projects.

Beattie was appointed to his new role by federal Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr and Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson on August 24.


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