The Business Council of Australia, Sky News and News Corp Australia have teamed up to hear directly from the community about how we should tackle the challenges facing Australia.

The Strong Australia community forum will take place on Thursday 12 April in the Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows which is working to adapt to Australia’s new manufacturing environment and plan for the future.

“If we don’t get the big reform questions right now, in a decade we will have to explain why we have missed out on new markets for Australian products and opportunities for workers,” Ms Westacott said.

“Future generations, especially outside the inner cities, won’t forgive any of us if we kick the can down the road. Our joint Strong Australia campaign will help identify the practical, pragmatic solutions we need.”

The community business forum will then be followed by a LIVE televised one hour discussion program Strong Australia anchored by David Speers at 8:00pm AEST on Sky News Live.

Angelos Frangopoulos, CEO Australian News Channel said: “We’re proud to provide a national broadcast platform that will highlight the issues affecting communities across Australia.”

Damon Johnston, editor of the Herald Sun said: “We are committed to championing our readers’ concerns and aspirations, to keep a check on government and authorities and to fight for progress.

The Strong Australia community forums are key to giving a voice to Victorians.” Strong Australia is a new national platform for people who live and work outside the city centres of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra to discuss the pressing issues facing their communities and the potential solutions.

The Broadmeadows forum, the second in a series of ten forums taking place across the country, will bring together the expertise of some of the area’s largest employers, business leaders, employers, small business owners and community leaders that help make Australia tick.

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