Leaders on Asia | Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham (Sydney)

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Confronting populism... why free trade and productive foreign direct investment advances Australia

Simon Birmingham in Indonesia

Australia and Indonesia conclude negotiations on the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). Picture: DFAT

Join Asia Society Australia at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney for a special Leaders on Asia address with Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham. 

Speaking at this critical juncture on confronting populism and why free trade and productive foreign direct investment advances Australia, the Minister’s address will be followed by an in-conversation interview and audience q&a. 

Date: Wednesday 6 March 2019
Time: 11:45am - 2:00 pm
Venue: Herbert Smith Freehills, Level 34, ANZ Tower 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

This event is open to members of Asia Society Australia, invited guests and media. For more information please contact programaustralia@asiasociety.org or 02 8199 9402.

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About our speaker:

Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham

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Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham has served as a Liberal Party Senator for South Australia since May 2007 and in August 2018 was appointed to position of Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment after serving as Minister for Education and Training, Assistant Minister in the education portfolio and before that as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Murray-Darling Basin and the Environment.

See the Minister's full bio here >>


In-conversation partner:

Lisa Murray, Australian Financial Review

Lisa Murray is a senior writer with the Australian Financial Review. She returned to Sydney in 2018 after almost six years in Shanghai, where she was the AFR’s China correspondent writing about trade, politics and the economy. Lisa has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, is a former media writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and economics reporter for Bloomberg News in Sydney. She also spent two years in Jakarta writing about Indonesia for Fairfax Media, the Financial Times and Asia Sentinel.

Lisa has won the Citi Journalism Award for Excellence and a Kennedy Award.


Our Leaders on Asia program presents high-profile events with visiting heads of state, ministers, senior officials, dignitaries and leading thinkers from the Indo-Pacific region and Australia. It provides members with unique direct access to leaders who shape the present and future of our region.


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Event Details

Wed 06 Mar 2019
11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Herbert Smith Freehills, Level 35, ANZ Tower 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

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