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Australian exporters honoured at Parliament House.



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The Hon Simon Crean MP Minister for Trade

M E D I A R E L E A S E

Media contact: Mr Crean’s Office (Joseph Kerr, Media Adviser) 02 6277 7420

or 0438654 318 Departmental (02) 6261 1555

SC049 23 June 2008

AUSTRALIAN EXPORTERS HONOURED AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

The Minister for Trade, the Hon Simon Crean MP, will showcase the 2007 Australian Export Awards winners and Hall of Fame alumni to Members and Senators at the Mural Hall in Parliament House today.

The Parliamentary Reception from 6pm - 7.30pm will include guest speaker Dr Chris Roberts, CEO of Cochlear Limited and overall winner of the 2007 Australian Export Awards.

This event honours the winning businesses in the 2007 Australian Export Awards and the national finalists from the ACT. Multiple award-winning Hall of Fame alumni of Ausenco, Clough Engineering, Constellation Wines, Rio Tinto Iron Ore and the University of New South Wales will be represented as well as the latest Hall of Fame inductees in 2008, Cochlear and BridgeClimb.

Mr Crean said “the Australian Export Awards celebrate the importance of Australia’s exporters to the economic prosperity of Australia and help to build Australia’s export culture”.

“Through the Australian Export Awards the nation applauds exporters’ determination, ideas, boldness and enthusiasm,” he said.

Mr Crean said the Australian Export Awards highlighted the important contribution Australian exporters make to the economy, creating higher paying and higher skilled jobs.

Reflecting the importance of investment flows, the Government’s assistance programs, Invest Australia and Global Opportunities, have been brought back in to Austrade.

“By incorporating investment into Austrade and creating one integrated trade and investment development agency, the Government has ensured that Austrade is better able to respond to the needs of the business community in the 21st century,” he said.

Many of the recipients of these Export Awards have benefited from the assistance of the Export Market Development Scheme and they are now reaping the benefits of getting into the export market. This shows the important role that EMDG plays in Australia’s trade policy program.

In 2007 there were 48 EMDG grants to Australian Export Award winners, totalling over $4 million. There were 348 grants to last year’s finalists and winners, totalling just under $23 million.

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