Australia's Open Investment Future Symposium

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A symposium on how Australia can attract investment to drive economic growth.

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Session 1: Foreign investment and Australia

Julie Novak, Research Fellow, Institute of Public Affairs
Australia's attractiveness as a destination for foreign capital
 
Jeff Rae, Economic Consultant, ITS Global
Counting the cost of regulation
 
Martin Feil, Former Director of the Industries Assistance Commission
The need for oversight and the Foreign Investment Review Board

 

Session 2: Current regulatory environment

Mark Thirlwell, Program Director, International Economy, Lowy Institute for International Policy
Is the Foreign Investment Review Board acting fairly?
 
Kristen Bondietti, Australian APEC Study Centre, Monash University
Inconsistencies in treatment of foreign investment in trade agreements
 
Tom Switzer, former Opinion Page Editor, The Australian newspaper
Australian attitudes to foreign investment
 
Lunchtime session: Panel discussion with International perspectives


Walter Russell Mead, US Council on Foreign Relations

Edgard Kagan, Economic Counsellor, United States Embassy Canberra

Yongpu Wang, Economic Counsellor, Chinese Consulate Melbourne

Deepak Saxena, Managing Director, Riverina Oils & Bio Energy

 
Session 3: Foreign investment motivations

Sinclair Davidson, Professor of Institutional Economics, RMIT University
Do sovereign wealth funds make economic or political decisions
 
Tony Makin, Professor of Economics, Griffith University
Capital xenophobia and the national interest
 
Tim Wilson, Director, IP and Free Trade Unit, Institute of Public Affairs
Acquisitions as a mechanism for technology transfer
 
Session 4: Opportunity from reform

Panel discussion: Rod Kemp, Former Assistant Treasurer of Australia
 
Stephen Deady, Director, Industry, Economics & Taxation, Minerals Council
 
Peter Gallagher, Managing Director, Inquit Communications
 
Marc Moncrief, State Economics Editor, The Age
 
Martin Feil, Former Director of the Industries Assistance Commission
 
Concluding session

Tim Wilson, Director, IP and Free Trade Unit, Institute of Public Affairs

 

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Tony Makin is a Professor in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics at Griffith University