Strong Australia

Strong Australia, a partnership between Sky News and the Business Council, is a television program hosted by Sky Political Editor David Speers.

Business Council members are embarking on a roadshow across the nation to regional areas to discuss the issues facing local communities and to work on the solutions to the challenges people face.


Strong Australia – Gladstone

The fourth Strong Australia broadcast was live from Gladstone Yacht Club at 8pm on 26 July. Panellists included Business Council of Australia President Grant King, Shell Australia Chair and Executive Vice-President Zoe Yujnovich and Gladstone Ports Corporation Chairman Leo Zussino where they discussed energy and regional development.


Strong Australia - Penrith

The third Strong Australia broadcast was live from Panthers Penrith at 8pm on 17 May and generated a lively and informative discussion on the infrastructure boom in Western Sydney. Panellists included Grant King president Business Council of Australia, Graham Millett chief executive officer Western Sydney Airport Corporation, David Pring Western Sydney managing director KPMG and Jon Black managing director TAFE NSW.


Strong Australia - Broadmeadows

The second Strong Australia broadcast was live from Broadmeadows at 8pm on 12 April and generated a lively and informative discussion. Panellists included Jennifer Westacott, Graeme Whickman from Ford Australia, Harry Hickling from APV, and Jeff Connolly from Siemens.

Strong Australia - Adelaide

The first program was broadcast live from Adelaide at 8pm on 15 March and received a viewing audience of over 85,000 people. Panellists included Jennifer Westacott, Gabby Costigan from BAE Systems Australia, Mike Hirst from the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and Alister Haigh from Haigh’s Chocolates. 


We will run one program a month to November as follows:

Date Location
Thursday March 15 Adelaide SA
Thursday April 12 Broadmeadows VIC
Thursday May 17 Penrith NSW
Thursday July 26 Gladstone QLD
Thursday August 23 Busselton WA
Thursday September 27 Toowoomba QLD
Thursday October 18 Townsville QLD
Thursday November 8 Geelong VIC
Thursday November 29 TBC

The twitter hashtag for the program is #StrongAustralia

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