12 January 2012

Can Australia cope with GFC challenge?

The Minister for Trade, Dr Craig Emerson, delivered the 2011 APEC Lecture at "Is Australian Managing?", a conference organised by the APEC Study Centre at RMIT University.


Dr Emerson had just returned from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the USA.

The lecture was the culmination of a full-day event at which speakers examined the connections between Global Financial Crisis and the global economy and Australia's trade and competitiveness.

Sessions canvassed topics including the impact of developments in China, and the nature of Australia's two-speed economy.

Dr Emerson was introduced by RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO.

Professor Gardner said: "This event places the Australian APEC Study Centre and RMIT well to the fore in public discourse and thinking on domestic, regional and global issues."

Other speakers included:

  • Dr John Edwards, Board member, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Dr Sallie James, Cato Institute, Washington DC
  • Paul Howes, National Secretary, Australian Workers Union
  • Melinda Moore, Principal Consultant, CleanUP Commodities, London
  • John Denton, Business Council of Australia
  • Richard Martin, Managing Director, IMA Asia

* Margaret Gardner speaking at the APEC conference

Professor Margaret Gardner introduces the 2011 APEC Lecture.

Panelists at the APEC conference

"Drivers of regional trade" panellists Peter Gallagher, John Denton, John Larum and Rowan Callick.

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