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Western Australia's Economy in 2016
What does 2016 have in store for Western Australia’s business community? The Premier and key panellists examine the key economic policy issues confronting the state at this important time.
Hon Colin Barnett MLA | Premier of Western Australia
Deidre Willmott | Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia
Mark Barnaba | Macquarie Group Limited
Moderator: Peter Kennedy | Business News
Hon Colin Barnett MLA
In his roles as Premier, Minister for State Development and Minister for Science, Colin Barnett is determined to ensure that economic growth supports all West Australians. He is committed to attracting investment to reflect WA's growing importance as a leading regional economy in the Asia Pacific Region and Indian Ocean Rim. As he enters his ninth year in office, and with a State election looming in 12 months' time, expect the Premier to lay out a vision for the State's future and his government's role in it.
Deidre Willmott has been Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia (CCI) since March 2014. Prior to this, she held a number of senior roles in industry and government, including Chief of Staff to two Western Australian Premiers Richard Court and Colin Barnett, General Manager of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and Director of External Relations at Fortescue Metals Group. She was also Director of Policy at CCI where she campaigned for reforms in areas including retail trading hours and liquor licensing laws. Deidre is leading CCI’s vision for Western Australia to be a world leading place to live and do business. She believes that a robust and vital business sector is essential for a strong and vibrant community.
Mark Barnaba AM
Mark Barnaba serves as both Chairman of Macquarie Group, Western Australia and as Chairman and Global Head, Resources Group, Macquarie Capital. He is also Chairman of The University of Western Australia’s Business School Board and an Adjunct Professor in Investment Banking & Finance at the UWA Business School. In 2015, Mark was named a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the investment banking and financial sectors, to business education, and to sporting and cultural organisations.
Join the conversation on Friday 19 February, 2016.