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Media Release: ACBC Canberra Networking Day 15 June at Parliament House

13 June 2017

Canberra Networking Day at Parliament House 15 June 2017
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten, Chinese Ambassador Cheng Jingye and other Ministers and Parliamentarians will join 200 members of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) at Parliament House on Thursday, 15 June for ACBC Canberra Networking Day 2017.
Canberra Networking Day is an annual, member-only event hosted each year by ACBC with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  ACBC National President John Brumby said ‘the Australia-China relationship grows in importance every year.  China is our largest trading partner by far, set to become our largest source of tourists as well as international students, and is an increasingly important source of the foreign investment we need to secure the next phase of Australia’s prosperity.  Canberra Networking Day is a unique opportunity for Australian businesses engaged in China to exchange ideas on the future of the Australia-China relationship with government representatives at the highest level.’
This year’s Canberra Networking Day will feature the launch by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of an important new report by Deloitte Access Economics, Partners in Prosperity: The Benefits of Chinese Investment in Australia, which was commissioned by ACBC in partnership with ANZ.
John Brumby said ‘Australia’s quarter century of unbroken economic growth is a great achievement.  If we are to enjoy a further long period of strong growth and rising standards of living we will need to unlock the potential new sources of growth in our economy, push deeper into growing export markets and lift our productivity.  Foreign direct investment into Australia can help to achieve all of these goals—and the greatest potential source of new FDI lies in China.’
Canberra Networking Day will also feature four panel discussions on topics ranging from Chinese FDI, Chinese tourism, health & aged care, as well as the commercial opportunities involved in ‘sports diplomacy’.  Panellists will include senior representatives of organisations such as ANZ, Qantas, Austrade, Huawei, and more.
Canberra Networking Day 2017 is sponsored by CPA Australia, MinterEllison, Swisse Wellness, Telstra, PowerfulPoints and PwC.
Canberra Networking Day sessions are open to the media.  More details can be found at
A copy of the report Partners in Prosperity: The Benefits of Chinese Investment in Australia will be available at
Key Details:
Date: 15 June 2017
Time: 9:15am – 5:00pm 
Address: Main Committee Room, Australian Parliament House, Canberra
For further information: 
- Helen Sawczak, National CEO, ACBC, +61(0)407 362 228