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Manufacturing leaders to provide strategic advice::

A high-level group of business, union and research leaders, chaired by Boeing Australia and South Pacific President, Ian Thomas, will help Australian manufacturing seize the opportunities of the Asian Century.

The Minister for Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet, today announced the membership of a new Manufacturing Leaders Group.

The Gillard Government decided to establish the Leaders Group in response to recommendations from the Prime Minister's Manufacturing Taskforce earlier this year.

The Taskforce saw business, unions, researchers and Government working together to set out a strategy for the future of Australian manufacturing. The Government wants to see this collaborative and strategic approach continue.

The Manufacturing Leaders Group will provide strategic advice to the Government; build better links between industry, the research sector and government; and promote improved capabilities to build more competitive firms and workplaces.

It will also assist the Government to implement its response to the Taskforce's recommendations.

The Leaders Group will focus on major productivity challenges such as building high-performance workplaces and engage with other parts of the economy such as capital markets and the mining, resources, construction and research sectors.

Mr Thomas will bring his considerable experience in the Asia-Pacific region to his role as chair of the Leaders Group. ACTU secretary Dave Oliver as deputy chair will continue the work he undertook on the Manufacturing Taskforce.

The Leaders Group has 22 members who will bring together a range of the expertise to advise the Government on policy settings to ensure Australian manufacturing takes advantage of opportunities in Asia and other markets.

Information on the role and membership of the Manufacturing Leaders Group is available

http://minister.innovation.gov.au/gregcombet/MediaReleases/Documents/Man...

Media contacts: Minister's office 02 6277 7920

08 December 2012