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Blewett launches new business advisory group

Federal Minister for Trade and Overseas Development, Neal Blewett, today launched the Government's new top-level business advisory group on Europe.

Dr Blewett also announced the membership of the Business Advisory Group on Europe, to be chaired by Sir Peter Abeles.

The Group is a consultative body comprising senior representatives of Australian companies doing business in Europe and Australian trade unions.

It is aimed at finding ways to increase Australian business activity in Europe.

Speaking at the first meeting of the Group in Sydney today, Dr Blewett said its main role would be to identify impediments to Australian business advancement in Europe and advise how they could be overcome.

"It will review and advise on ways to improve the performance of Australian business in the European Single Market and Central Europe, with a focus on the particular needs of small and medium-sized businesses.

"It will advise how Government and business should deploy their resources nore effectively, both in Australia and in Europe," he said.

Dr Blewett said he would be working closely with the group to make the best of the many challenges and opportunities presented by the changes taking place in Europe.

He said that to ensure that the work of the group was relevant and practical, its priorities would be based largely on the experience, concerns and views of the members themselves.

Some of the ideas already put forward for consideration were:

* the need to consider the ways in which Australia sells

coal to Europe, especially the way in which we present the environmental benefits of using low-sulphur coal;

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the possible advantages of setting up an Australia-Europe Institute, particularly as a link between top business figures in Australia and Europe;

the need to encourage greater European investment in Australia, and to think again about the manner in which we link the efforts of our best companies;

the advantage of a wider, regional or pan-European approach to the market and the need clearly and practically to define "export education";

the benefits of using Australians of European background in trade and investment initiatives;

the need to encourage small business into the European market;

the need to examine the structure of Australian representation in Europe; and

the future working of commissions, economic committees, working groups, industrial round tables and investment clubs already established with various European countries.

Dr Blewett paid tribute to the businesspeople appointed to the Group (see membership attached) for agreeing to devote their time and energy to the organisation.

Sydney: February 8 1991.

Business Advisory Group on Europe

Sir Peter Abeles (chairman)

Ron Crocker

Ken Dredge

Martin Ferguson

John Menzies

Reg Nicolson

David Rigg

Ian Salmon

Bill Scammell

Phil Scanlan

Jim Scully

Managing Director of TNT

Chief Operating Executive Pioneer International

Executive General Manager Mt Isa Mines

President, ACTU

Managing Director, Howe Leather

Group Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, ANZ Banking Group Ltd

Executive Vice President Johnson and Johnson Medical

Managing Director, AMP

Director F. H. Faulding & Co Ltd

Executive Director Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd

Director CSR/Wetspac

Bruce Vaughan Chairman

Dalgety Farmers Ltd