Media releases

Strong Australia Network media releases include announcements about events, campaigns and policy positions related to the Business Council’s agenda.
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5 July 2019
Tax changes good for workers, good for the economy
Australians will have more money in their pockets and the economy will receive a much-needed boost as a result of yesterday's successful passage of personal income tax reforms, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said. “I congratulate the Morrison government and the parliament on getting this done and reforming an incentive-sapping system of five tax brackets that stopped workers getting ahead. “This is also a critical first step to ensure the Australian economy can grow faster. We have to keep the focus on growing the economy. “Under the government’s three-stage tax package, Australians will have a simpler and fairer tax...
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17 June 2019
New investment helping build a stronger Broadmeadows
We are pleased our Strong Australia community event has made a real difference to Melbourne’s northern suburbs, bringing together business and community leaders and inspiring the Pelligra Group to redevelop the iconic Ford Australia site in Broadmeadows.
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11 April 2019
Business Council releases a plan for a stronger Australia
The Business Council is today releasing a plan aimed at creating a more resilient Australia, with better jobs, more jobs, higher wages, lower taxes, improved living standards, and lower energy prices, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.
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8 November 2018
Strong Australia - Geelong
Geelong will host the next Strong Australia community forum run by the Business Council of Australia in conjunction with Sky News. The forum will take place on Thursday 8 November and involve a community lunch from 12-2pm and a live TV program broadcast from 8-9pm – both hosted by award-winning Sky News Political Editor David Speers. The lunchtime forum will feature Jennifer Westacott, the chief executive of the Business Council of Australia, Tim Reed, chief executive of MYOB, Rohan Mead, chief executive of Australian Unity, and Jodie Auster, regional general manager Australia and NZ, Uber Eats. “We’re really looking forward...
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17 September 2018
Strong Australia - Toowoomba
Toowoomba will host the next Strong Australia community forum run by the Business Council of Australia in conjunction with Sky News. The forum will take place on Thursday 27 September and involve a community lunch from 12.30pm to 2.30pm and a live TV discussion program broadcast from 8.00pm to 9.00pm – both hosted by award-winning Sky News Political Editor David Speers. The lunchtime forum will feature Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott, EnergyAustralia managing director Catherine Tanna, WSP Australia & New Zealand president and chief executive Guy Templeton, Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) chief executive Peter Strong, and...
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10 August 2018
Strong Australia - Busselton
Busselton, one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, will host the next Strong Australia community forum run by the Business Council of Australia in conjunction with Sky News. The forum will take place on Thursday 23 August and involve a community lunch from 12-2pm (AWST) and a live TV discussion program broadcast from 6-7pm (AWST) – both hosted by award- winning Sky News Political Editor David Speers. The lunchtime forum will feature Jennifer Westacott, the chief executive of the Business Council of Australia, Joanne Farrell, the managing director Australia of Rio Tinto, Chris Sutherland, the managing director of Programmed, Cr...
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6 April 2018
Broadmeadows will host Strong Australia business forum
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,...
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5 March 2018
Business Council of Australia, Sky News and News Corp Australia launch ‘Strong Australia’
The Business Council of Australia, Sky News and News Corp Australia today announced the launch of Strong Australia, a new national platform for discussing the pressing issues facing Australians and the potential solutions. Strong Australia will invite Australians living and working outside the city centres of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, to discuss what they believe are the roadblocks to jobs growth, innovation and social cohesion in their communities. Strong Australia will visit ten locations around the country, connecting Australia’s industry and policy leaders with local business owners, employers and community leaders at a series of lunch events, to discuss practical...
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