Ministerial Advisory Council on FTA Negotiations
The Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) is an important part of the Australian Government's commitment to enhance transparency around the negotiation of free trade agreements (FTAs).
The Council will provide a forum through which members can exchange views and engage in frank and robust discussion with the Government and senior trade experts on FTAs and the policies that underpin them. The views from the MAC will help inform the Government's trade negotiating agenda.
MAC membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of Australian society, including business and community-based organisations. Individual members are leaders in their fields with an interest in international trade policy.
The MAC will be chaired by the Minister Birmingham as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. Minister Gee, as Assistant Minister to the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment is also a Member of the MAC and will Chair if Minister Birmingham is unavailable. The MAC will have an Industry Co-Chair and this will be rotated on an annual basis. Ms Christine Holgate, Group CEO and Managing Director of Australia Post has accepted Minister Birmingham's invitation to be the inaugural Industry Co-Chair.
Summaries of MAC meeting discussions will be available on this site after each meeting.
|Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham||Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate|
|The Hon Andrew Gee MP||Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment, Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education|
|Mr Tony Battaglene||Chief Executive, Australian Grape and Wine|
|Ms Laura Berry||Chief Executive Officer, Supply Nation|
|Mr James Bond||President, Australian Services Roundtable|
|Mr Gerard Brody||Chair, Consumers' Federation of Australia|
|Ms Kate Carnell, AO||Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman|
|Ms Tania Constable, PSM||Chief Executive Officer, Minerals Council of Australia|
|Prof. Andrew Conway FIPA FFA||Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Public Accountants|
|Ms Bridget Fair, GAICD||Chief Executive Officer, Free TV Australia|
|Mr Scott Farrell||Partner, King & Wood Mallesons|
|Mr Kevin Gallagher||Chair, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association|
|Ms Christine Holgate||Group CEO and Managing Director, Australia Post|
|Ms Veronica Papacosta||Acting Chief Executive Officer, Seafood Industry Australia|
|Mrs Fiona Simson||President, National Farmers Federation|
|Mr Andrew Stoler||International Trade Consultant|
|Mr Jason Strong||Managing Director, Meat and Livestock Australia|
|Ms Jacqui Walshe BBS, MBA, GAICD||Deputy Chair, Australian Tourism Export Council|
|Mr Dan Walton||National Secretary, The Australian Workers' Union|
|Professor Paul Wellings, CBE||Vice Chancellor, University of Wollongong|
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