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Melbourne: Report Launch - The Benefits of Chinese Investment in Victoria

04 April 2019

Victory Offices, Level 14, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne



ACBC Victoria is pleased to invite you to a report launch - The Benefits of Chinese Investment in Victoria with The Hon John Brumby AO, National President, ACBC

If there is one neglected aspect of the Australia-China economic relationship, it is investment.

Australia is a nation built on foreign investment, and we need it more than ever today. China is a nation of savers, and a promising source of the capital we need to meet the challenges we face: an infrastructure deficit and an urgent need to boost productivity and add value through innovation.

At this event we will launch the report ‘The Benefits of Chinese Investment in Victoria, which examines five Victorian companies which have benefited from Chinese Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and looks at some of the economic, social and cultural benefits of that investment.

The presentation by Hon John Brumby AO will be followed by a panel discussion with companies outlined in the report.

Panellists include

  • Mr Damian Toohey, Director, Qenos
  • Mr Scott Ni, Senior Director of Strategy and Operations for Alibaba Group Australia & New Zealand
  • Simon Woolmer, Government Relations Manager, Swisse Wellness, Australia & New Zealand 

Speaker Bio

The Hon John Brumby AO was the former Premier of Victoria (2007 – 2010) and has immense experience in public life serving for more than 10 years as Treasurer and then Premier of Victoria, 6 years as Leader of the Victorian Opposition and 7 years as Federal MHR for Bendigo during the period of the Hawke Government.

During his time as Treasurer and then Premier, Mr Brumby forged closer links with China and Hong Kong, releasing Victoria’s first ever China Strategy, visiting China on numerous occasions, opening new trade and investment offices in Nanjing and Shanghai and officially welcoming then Vice President Xi Jinping to Melbourne in 2010.

Mr Brumby is an Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne and has been appointed Chancellor of La Trobe University from 29 March 2019. He is widely published on a range of issues including Federation, tax reform and China and in October 2015 released his book titled ‘The Long Haul – Lessons from Public Life’.

Since retiring from politics, Mr Brumby has accepted a number of appointments in both the business and not-for-profit sectors, including:

  • National President of the Australia China Business Council;
  • Chairman of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) Superannuation Fund;
  • Chairman of Citywide Service Solutions Pty Ltd;
  • Chair of BioCurate Pty Ltd;
  • Chair of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust;
  • Chair of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute; and
  • Chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation.

We thank ACBC Vic Members, Victory Offices, for generously hosting this event

Date: Thursday 4 April 2019

Time: 2.00pm for 2.15pm to 3.45pm 

Venue: Victory Offices, Level 14, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne

Cost: $35 ACBC Members $55 General Admission (+GST and online booking fee)

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