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 - Geelong
The seventh Strong Australia broadcast was live from The Pier, Geelong at 8pm on 8 November. Panellists included Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott, Tim Reed the chief executive of MYOB, Rohan Mead the group managing director of Australian Unity and Jodie Auster the regional general manager for Australia and New Zealand for Uber Eats, where they discussed the future of work.
Strong Australia - Toowoomba
The sixth Strong Australia broadcast was live from Picnic Point, Toowoomba at 8pm on 27 September. Panellists included Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott, EnergyAustralia managing director Catherine Tanna, WSP in Australia & New Zealand president & CEO Guy Templeton, Council of Small Business Organisations Australia CEO Peter Strong and Wagner Corporation director Denis Wagner, where they discussed investment in regional communities and big and small business working together.
Strong Australia – Busselton
The fifth Strong Australia broadcast was live from the Busselton Youth & Community Activity Building at 8pm on 23 August. Panellists included Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott, Rio Tinto managing director Joanne Farrell, Programmed managing director Chris Sutherland, City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley, and CinefestOZ chair Helen Shervington, where they discussed investment in regional communities.
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.
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