Speech by Graham Bradley, President of the Business Council of Australia, to the Australia–Israel Chamber of Commerce on 12 October 2011 titled ‘Productivity or Complacency: Which Path for Australia’s Future?’
It is a pleasure to be here today, and I thank the chamber for providing me a second occasion to speak as President of the Business Council of Australia. My first address was in February last year. Since then, I have had the privilege of leading the chamber’s mission to Israel last April.
That experience inspired me in many ways. It showed me what a nation can do if it makes the most of its strongest competitive advantages – in Israel’s case, its human capital.
My speech here 20 months ago was about Australia’s opportunities and the policies needed to fulfil our great national potential. Since then, the need for clear-sighted leadership on economic policy has become even more pressing.
Twenty months ago my principal concern about our economy was looming capacity constraints. Today we are grappling with a much more uncertain global environment and the realities of a multi-speed economy.
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