For Canada and Australia, shared values are the greatest defence
21 February 2017
This opinion article by Jennifer Westacott and Norman Steinberg was published in The Globe and Mail on 20 February 2017 and The Australian Financial Review on 21 February 2017.
Business Council Statement on the US Presidential Election
9 November 2016
Market volatility in the wake of the US Presidential Election underscores the absolute imperative on our own political leaders to strengthen Australia’s competitiveness and repair the Budget, so that our economy remains prosperous amid global shifts
Senator Xenophon Urged to Back Lower Taxes For All Businesses
19 October 2016
Senator Xenophon urged not to miss a massive opportunity to revive South Australia's flagging economy.
Make Business Strong and We Are All Winners
30 June 2016
Business groups representing more than 360,000 businesses employing more than 6.2 million people explain why, in a global environment, a more competitive company tax rate is vital for a strong Australia.
Australia Has To Compete In The Race For Foreign Investment
28 June 2016
Global uncertainty in the wake of Brexit reinforces the imperative for consistent policies to ensure Australia is a competitive destination for foreign investments.
What Will Brexit Mean for Australian Business?
22 June 2016
Business Council of Australia Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott is interviewed on BBC World News.
Statement on the Australia–China CEO Roundtable
15 April 2016
Australian and Chinese business leaders agreed that continued deepening of their relationships and cooperation was essential to successfully navigate the economic transition underway in both countries.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Signals Arrival of a New Trade Bloc
4 February 2016
The BCA congratulates the Australian government for signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the first regional trade agreement spanning the Asia Pacific.
Statement on Investment in Australian Agriculture
24 November 2015
This Act will hinder foreign investment into sectors that need it to reach their full potential.
Australian Agriculture Needs Investment to Reach its Potential
6 November 2015
The Shadow Trade Minister’s commitment is welcome recognition of the important role foreign investment will play in the future of the agricultural sector.
Business Council Welcomes ChAFTA Bipartisanship
21 October 2015
The government and Opposition should be congratulated for negotiating in good faith to secure the ChAFTA.
Joint Senate Report Clears the Way for ChAFTA Ratification
20 October 2015
The JSCOT report on ChAFTA has cleared the way for a speedy ratification of the biggest bilateral trade deal in our history.
BCA Response to ALP's ChAFTA Conditions
13 October 2015
ChAFTA should be passed and our position remains that it should be passed without unnecessary amendments to the Migration Act.
Trans-Pacific Partnership to Unlock a New Wave of Growth
6 October 2015
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) puts Australia firmly in the front seat of the biggest global trade deal in 20 years.
A Business Case for ChAFTA
18 September 2015
The effective implementation of ChAFTA will be transformative for the Australian economy.
Trade Equals Opportunity from ChAFTA Enabling Legislation
16 September 2015
Failure to ratify the agreement is estimated to cost $4 billion and almost 10,000 jobs in financial services alone, by 2030.
BCA Launches Campaign In Support of ChAFTA
7 Septemer 2015
The BCA in support of the most important bilateral trade deal Australia has ever done - ChAFTA
China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Must be Passed
7 September 2015
Australians who stand for a stronger future should all demand this agreement be passed.
Australia + Trade = Opportunity
06 September 2015
Across our nation thousands of Australian exporters and their employees are poised to benefit from the new Free Trade Agreement with China.
Opposition Should Heed Growing Labor ChAFTA Support
2 September 2015
The Opposition should listen to the growing voices from within its own party and immediately agree to ratify ChAFTA.
China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Article by Jennifer Westacott
8 August 2015
ChAFTA will make our economy stronger and create more jobs for Australians long into the future.
Failure of TPP Reinforces Importance of ChAFTA
3 August 2015
The failure to conclude the TPP is disappointing, but it reinforces the importance of ratifying ChAFTA.
Response to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper
5 June 2015
The Business Council of Australia welcomes the commitments in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper released yesterday.
Statement on Australia Joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
24 June 2015
As a founding member, Australia can play a key role in setting the direction of this body and the decisions it will make to finance projects.
China–Australia Free Trade Agreement Will Support Growth
17 June 2015
The significant opportunities for two-way trade unlocked by this agreement will deliver lasting benefits for the whole community.
BCA supports signing Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank MOU
30 March 2015
The Business Council of Australia supports the government’s decision to sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Process Lacking on Foreign Investment Change
13 February 2015
History shows the more open our economy is, the more successful we will be.
Korea–Australia FTA Hands Australian Business an Early Christmas Gift
11 December 2014
Business will be able to take advantage of opportunities with our fourth largest trading partner when the Korea-Australia FTA comes into force.
Free Trade Agreements Are an Opportunity for Australia
24 November 2014
The free trade agreement with China provides Australia with a global competitive advantage, and a historic opportunity to grow and diversify our economy.
Meeting with the Prime Minister of India: Remarks by Jennifer Westacott
18 November 2014
Opening remarks made by the BCA Chief Executive to a roundtable meeting of CEOs with the Honourable Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.
Jennifer Westacott Discusses the China–Australia FTA on Bloomberg
18 November 2014
Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott discusses the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement on the Bloomberg ‘On The Move Asia’ program.
China–Australia Free Trade Agreement a Historic Opportunity
17 November 2014
The conclusion of the free trade agreement with China provides Australia with a historic opportunity to grow and diversify its economy over the next decade.
Statement on the Australia–China CEO Roundtable
17 November 2014
The Australia–China CEO Roundtable will play a significant role in realising the opportunities created by the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement.
Statement on G20 Leaders Communique
16 November 2014
The G20 meeting has reset the international growth agenda with sensible policies that can be applied both collectively and within individual nations.
The G20 and B20 Explained
29 October 2014
This video outlines the important role of the G20 and B20 and how these forums help generate economic growth and jobs around the world.
Trans-Pacific Partnership an Economic Opportunity: Article in the AFR
23 October 2014
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will help make Australia more competitive, create jobs and improve our living standards.
Address to the ANU–BCA Forum on Chinese SOEs and Global Investment
29 August 2014
A call for a broad, open discussion about the benefits and risks of foreign state-owned enterprise investment in Australia.
Statement on Economic Diplomacy Policy
18 August 2014
The government’s Economic Diplomacy policy will help businesses gain a better foothold in emerging markets and expand trade with our major partners.
Actions Needed to Build Australia’s Comparative Advantages
28 July 2014
Policy needs to address the needs of each sector to maximise competitiveness, jobs and prosperity.
BCA Welcomes B20 Recommendations
18 July 2014
The B20’s recommendations provide clear and actionable measures to remove significant barriers and impediments to growth.
Joint Statement Calls for WTO Environmental Goods Agreement
8 July 2014
Joint statement urges the conclusion by the WTO of an international agreement to eliminate tariffs on a broad range of environmental goods.
BCA Welcomes Free Trade Agreement with Japan
8 July 2014
The Australian Government has been focused and pragmatic in concluding the highest-quality bilateral trade agreement Japan has ever signed.
Extending Higher Foreign Investment Screening Threshold to all Countries
3 July 2014
The BCA supports the Opposition’s proposal to unilaterally extend the $1.1 billion Foreign Investment Review Board screening threshold to all countries.
North Asia Trade Opportunities: Article by Catherine Livingstone
28 April 2014
The Prime Minister’s visit to Korea, Japan and China marks a turning point in Australia’s economic engagement with the region.
Conclusion of Free Trade Agreement Negotiations with Japan
8 April 2014
The conclusion of trade negotiations with Japan is a major milestone for one of Australia’s most important bilateral relationships.
FTA with Korea Important for Australia’s Trade Agenda
18 February 2014
Striking free trade agreements with our largest trading partners will be beneficial for all Australians, Jennifer Westacott writes in Business Spectator.
Statement on the Korea–Australia Free Trade Agreement
17 February 2014
The Korea–Australia Free Trade Agreement, the text of which has today been finalised, is unambiguously good news for Australian economy.
Conclusion of FTA with South Korea to Boost Bilateral Trade and Investment
6 December 2013
The conclusion of negotiations on a bilateral Free Trade Agreement with South Korea is a positive and welcome development for the Australian economy.
Treasurer’s Decision to Reject ADM’s Proposed Acquisition of GrainCorp
29 November 2013
It is important that this decision does not increase uncertainty in the global community about Australia’s foreign investment credentials, BCA CEO says.
Foreign Investment: Article by Jennifer Westacott in Business Spectator
25 November 2013
The more open our economy is, the more successful we will be.
Prime Minister’s Pledge to Speed Conclusion of Australia–China FTA
8 October 2013
Statement by Jennifer Westacott on Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s pledge to speed the conclusion of the Australia–China Free Trade Agreement.
Indonesian Visit Shows Australia Open for Business
1 October 2013
Statement by Jennifer Westacott following her participation in a business delegation as part of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s first visit to Indonesia.
Article on Trade Liberalisation by John Denton in the AFR
19 September 2013
Trade liberalisation is a strong engine for job creation and higher wages, writes John Denton in The Australian Financial Review.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: First Column in The Australian
20 April 2013
First in a series of columns by Jennifer Westacott in The Australian discussing the Business Council of Australia’s Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
Australia–China CEO Roundtable Meeting
9 April 2013
The third meeting of the Australia–China CEO Roundtable in Beijing has been hailed as a success by its Chinese and Australian co-hosts.
Direct Trading of Australian and Chinese Currencies Welcome
8 April 2013
The announcement that Australian and Chinese currencies will be directly traded on the Chinese mainland for the first time is welcome, BCA President says.
Asian Strategy a Sound Platform for Enduring Prosperity
28 October 2012
The Australia in the Asian Century White Paper highlights how the rise and growth of Asia presents immense opportunities to shape Australia’s destiny.
Time to Put in Hard Yards for China
12 September 2012
In our relationship with China, we cannot expect what has worked in the past to work in the future, Tony Shepherd writes in The Australian Financial Review.
Asia Pacific Has to Be in Focus
19 June 2012
If Australian businesses are to create wealth and generate new jobs now and in the future, then they must be internationally competitive.
Investment in Asian Learning Will Strengthen Our Ability to Engage with Asia
4 June 2012
Additional federal government funding to encourage Asian learning in schools deserves strong support from business.
New Economic Opportunities from Australia-Malaysia Agreement
22 May 2012
The signing of a free trade agreement between Australia and Malaysia would help strengthen economic relations between the two nations.
Chasing the Fast Boat to Asia
20 December 2011
Lifting productivity and competitiveness will be the key to making the most of our opportunities within Asia.
A Competitive Australia Is Key to Effective Asian Engagement
16 December 2011
Improving the competitiveness of the Australian economy will be fundamental to making the most of opportunities for engagement with the world’s growth hub of Asia.
Supporting India’s Growth a Boost to Australia’s Resilience
15 November 2011
The BCA welcomes the plans by Prime Minister Julia Gillard to change Labor Party policy to open the way to sell uranium to India with important safeguards.
Australia Must Play a Constructive Role in the G20 Deliberations on Europe
3 November 2011
Australia must stand ready to play its part in the G20 deliberations on the European banking and sovereign debt crisis.
With Trade Barriers Reappearing, G20 Leaders Must Get Serious
1 November 2011
As the principal international body for economic policy, the G20 has a particular responsibility to set an example to removing or reducing barriers to trade and investment.
We Must Join the Asian Century
18 October 2011
The economic opportunities available from engagement with Asia won’t wait for those who are unprepared to grasp them.
Government-Business Collaboration Will Strengthen Asia Links
28 September 2011
The Prime Minister's announcement reinforces the value of having governments and business working together to develop Australia’s ties with the nations of Asia.
Strategic Focus on Emerging Markets Vital to Our Future
17 May 2011
The Business Council of Australia has strongly supported the reforms to Austrade announced today by the Minister for Trade, Craig Emerson.
Companies Need Better Information on Rules
30 April 2011
For Australia and China to keep reaping the benefits of our rapidly growing economic relationship, we must continue discussions on bilateral matters of importance, involving both government and business leaders.
Trade Liberalisation a Strong Basis to Support Productivity
12 April 2011
The trade policy framework announced today will provide a solid basis for achieving effective trade and investment outcomes for Australia.
Clear Signals Needed as to What Is in the National Interest
6 April 2011
Treasurer Wayne Swan needs to be clear and open about why the merger between the ASX and the Singapore Stock Exchange is not in the national interest, should the government decide to reject the proposal.
Business Leaders Call for Continued Asia Focus in School Language and Cultural Studies
1 April 2011
Australia will risk its wealth, harmony and security unless significant government investment goes to equipping the next generation of Australians to compete in the ‘Asian Century’.
Ambitious China Need Not Be an Emerging Problem
28 December 2010
Australia has an important role to play in nurturing the relationship between the United States and China, writes John Denton in The Australian.
A Force for Good
12 November 2010
Australia is uniquely placed to help the effectiveness of the G20 for the betterment of the planet, writes John Denton in The Age.
Taking Care of Business
25 June 2010
If there is to be a sustained financial recovery, then G20 leaders must listen to the private sector, writes John Denton in The Age.
Statement by the Australian Co-Chairman of the First Australia–China CEO Roundtable
21 June 2010
Inaugural meeting of Australian and Chinese business leaders held in Canberra.
Don’t Spook the Punters
24 May 2010
At this challenging time in the global economy, we must be on our guard against complacency, writes John Denton in The Age.
Australian Second-Track Diplomacy
28 April 2010
In a speech to the University of Western Australia, John W.H. Denton explores how Australia’s private sector shape foreign policy priorities and opportunities.
Higher Foreign Investment a Key to Maintaining Our Edge
16 April 2010
Australia could boost its GDP by $16.5 billion by 2020 through a 10 per cent increase in foreign investment.
G20 Role Needs Greater Clarification
22 February 2010
The Group of 20 has the potential to provide the leadership needed for a new era of global co-operation and stability writes John Denton in The Australian Financial Review.
APEC Should Heed Signs of the Changing Times
13 November 2009
APEC is important to Australia’s interests and is an influential institution for economic dialogue and policy, writes John Denton in The Age.
Real Trade Reform Begins After Doha
6 October 2009
Trade liberalisation is the missing piece of the global policy response to the financial crisis and recession, writes John Denton in The Australian Financial Review.
G20 the Right Body for Economic Leadership
29 September 2009
The group has proven itself the best forum for its times, writes John Denton in The Age.
Second-Track Diplomacy Aids Foreign Policy
17 July 2009
The private sector can improve Australia’s relationships abroad, argues John Denton in The Australian.
Business Alliance for Asia Literacy
5 May 2009
The BCA is a member of the Business Alliance for Asia Literacy, which is made up of a number of Australian businesses and industry organisations who together represent who represent over 400,000 Australian businesses.
Industry Role Vital to Recovery
2 April 2009
If the G-20 is going to truly promote recovery, it must anticipate the responses of the global business community, writes John Denton in The Australian Financial Review.
Diplomatic Capabilities Vital to Australia’s Interests
17 March 2009
The BCA supports recommendations to reshape and invest in Australia’s international diplomatic services.
Australia and New Zealand Agreement With ASEAN
27 February 2009
The BCA has welcomed the signing of the free trade agreement between the Association of South East Asian Nations, Australia and New Zealand.
G-20 Statement by International Business Leaders
14 November 2008
Key business groups from around the world, including the BCA, have issued a joint statement of support addressed to the leaders of the G-20, who met in Washington on 15 November to find solutions to the global financial crisis.
Mortimer Review Underlines Need to Expand Australia's Productive Potential
23 September 2008
The BCA has welcomed key elements of the Mortimer review report, including its emphasis on expanding Australia’s productive potential.
It’s Time to Rethink Trade Talks
11 August 2008
As we pick over the bones of the failed Doha Round, it can be easy to forget the reason 153 countries gathered together in the first place, John W.H. Denton writes in The Australian Financial Review.
Region Holds Key to Our Prosperity
17 June 2008
A new framework to enable investment in the region is needed, writes John W. H. Denton in The Australian Financial Review.
Chile Free Trade Agreement Warms Business Opportunities
27 May 2008
The BCA has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Trade, Simon Crean, that the Australian Government has concluded negotiations on a free trade agreement with Chile.
We Can Make a Difference in East Asia
9 April 2008
There’s a new role for Australia in regional engagement, writes John W. H. Denton in The Australian Financial Review.
Trade Review an Important Chance to Assess Australia’s Global Priorities
21 February 2008
The BCA welcomes the whole-of-government review of trade policies and programs announced by Trade Minister Simon Crean.
BCA Response to ALP Trade Policy
21 November 2007
The BCA welcomes the ALP’s commitment to undertake a broad-based review of Australia’s trade policies and programs. It is important and timely that such a review is undertaken in close consultation with business.
Australia–China CEO Roundtable to Be Mutually Valuable
6 September 2007
The Business Council of Australia has welcomed the establishment today of an Australia–China CEO Roundtable.
Opportunity Too Good to Waste
4 September 2007
Enabling investment and trade among its members should be APEC’s top priority, writes John W.H. Denton.
Real Progress Must Be the Priority for Doha
29 January 2007
The Business Council of Australia has called for real concessions by all parties to break the impasse in the Doha round of trade negotiations.
Doha Round Needs Strong Leadership
18 January 2007
International trade reform needs to be given a much higher priority or a vital opportunity to lift economic growth may be lost.
Australia–Japan Free Trade Agreement Negotiations
13 December 2006
The BCA welcomed the decision to commence negotiations on an Australia–Japan free trade agreement.
Services the Key to China FTA
20 November 2006
Bringing down barriers to exporting know-how is vital for our future, writes John Denton.
Time Runs Out on Doha Trade Round
17 November 2006
Business Outlines Its Priorities for an Australia–China FTA
1 November 2006
Australia’s leading companies have listed looser capital controls, eliminating restrictions on particular services and greater tax and decision-making transparency among priorities to be addressed in any free-trade agreement (FTA) with China
Doha Negotiations: Reforms Are Needed
25 July 2006
The collapse of the Doha Round of world trade negotiations is a severe blow for economic development and growth, not only for Australia but for the world.
Doha Deal Crucial to World Economies
21 July 2006
Breaking the Doha Round impasse is the key to reducing poverty and improving the financial health of the world.
Letter from the BCA to the WTO regarding the Doha Round Negotiations
6 July 2006
The BCA has written to Pascal Lamy of the World Trade Organization expressing concerns about the progress of the Doha Round of trade negotiations.
Doha Failure a Disservice to All Parties
28 June 2006
Europe remains at the heart of blockages within the Doha round of trade negotiations centred on agriculture. At risk is the expansion of international trade in services and industrials.
Doha Round: Time for Tough Decisions
24 April 2006
Unless a breakthrough is achieved in the days ahead, the deadline will lapse and the window of opportunity to conclude the Doha round will close. Business and community interests the world over will suffer.
Needed: One Push-Start to Doha Round
2 February 2006
Multilateral trade liberalisation is at this moment in danger of grinding to a halt, writes John Denton in The Age.
Resolute Actions Needed from WTO Nations to Recover Lost Ground With Doha
18 December 2005
The meeting of the world’s trade ministers in Hong Kong has fallen well short of achieving the modest aim of agreeing a basic platform from which the Doha Round could have been concluded in 2006.
Business Leaders Challenge WTO Trade Ministers
17 December 2005
World Business Leaders for Growth today expressed growing concern that trade ministers appear to be falling short of setting the stage to complete the Doha Development Agenda by the end of 2006.
World Business Leaders Urge Trade Ministers to Seize the Opportunity to Save the Doha Round
15 December 2005
Trade ministers from around the world need to focus their efforts in Hong Kong on resurrecting the Doha Round by providing the basis for a substantial trade liberalisation agreement to be achieved before the end of 2006.
BCA Submission to the Japan Free Trade Agreement Feasibility Study
9 September 2005
The Business Council of Australia today made a submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issues relevant to the feasibility of a free trade agreement between Australia and Japan.
World Business Leaders Call For Urgent Action to Save Doha Trade Round
6 September 2005
Six of the world’s leading business organisations today called on member nations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to intensify their efforts to achieve a successful conclusion to the Doha Development Agenda (DDA).
Business Council of Australia: Trade Principles
24 August 2005
The Business Council of Australia has compiled a set of formal principles to guide its policy agenda on trade.
China is Poised at the Materials-Intensive Phase
Edited summary of comments made by BCA President Hugh Morgan to the Monash University Riding China’s Boom conference in August 2005.
Business Supports Japan–Australia Free Trade Feasibility Study
19 April 2005
Business today underlined the importance of a feasibility study to explore the potential scope and benefits of a potential free trade agreement between Japan and Australia.
Effective Market Access the Key to China FTA
19 April 2005
A free trade agreement with China had the potential to achieve significant long-term gains for the Australian economy, provided the agreement delivered effective market access and competition for Australian business, the BCA said today.
US FTA Approval a Major Advance for Australia's Economy
13 August 2004
The Business Council of Australia applauded federal Parliament’s approval of the free trade agreement with the United States today.
Key Issues for a Free Trade Agreement: Speech to the Australia–China Free Trade Agreement Conference
12 August 2004
Speech by Business Council of Australia President Hugh Morgan to the Australia–China Free Trade Agreement Conference.
Labor’s Support of US FTA Welcomed by Business
3 August 2004
Labor’s decision today to back the United States Free Trade Agreement was welcomed by the Business Council of Australia, which urged federal Parliament to pass the necessary legislation as soon as possible.
Campaign to Scuttle US FTA a Re-run of Tariff Debate
26 July 2004
The Business Council of Australia today called on the ALP to uphold the national interest and ignore last-ditch attempts by union leaders and the Greens to scuttle the US Free Trade Agreement.
Offshoring No Threat to Australia
14 July 2004
The Business Council of Australia today released a position paper on offshoring, predicting the trend to outsource information, IT and other services to offshore companies would have largely positive implications for Australia’s economy and jobs.
Democrats Condemned for Free Trade Opposition
6 May 2004
The Business Council of Australia was appalled by the Australian Democrat’s opposition to the FTA with the United States, saying it would undermine Australia’s standing in the Asian region to achieve similar trade deals.
Business Should Plan Now for US Free Trade Markets
30 April 2004
BCA said the release of modeling today underlined the importance of a free trade agreement with the world’s biggest economy to Australia’s economic and job growth, but business needed to ready itself if it wanted to take full advantage of the benefits.
Scenarios for Australia’s Next 20 Years
15 March 2004
The Business Council of Australia has launched the results of a major scenario project, drawing upon the expertise and views of leading thinkers as well as young people to examine key challenges and opportunities for Australia over the next 20 years.
BCA Welcomes Details of US Trade Agreement
4 March 2004
Details of the free trade agreement with the United States released today underlined the potential for the agreement to provide long-term growth opportunities for Australia’s export economy.
Free Trade Agreement with the United States
10 February 2004
Hugh Morgan writes in The Australian Financial Review that the bilateral trade deal can still pave the way for multilateral liberalisation.
Business Council Hails US Free Trade Agreement
9 February 2004
Business Council of Australia President, Mr Hugh Morgan, today described the signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States as an historic moment for Australia.
ChAFTA Case Study: Andrew Forrest
11 September 2015
ChAFTA Case Study: Andrew Forrest Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group Limited.
ChAFTA Case Study: Paul Waddy
11 September 2015
ChAFTA Case Study: Paul Waddy CEO and Founder of Antoine & Stanley
ChAFTA Case Study: Rod Jones
11 September 2015
ChAFTA Case Study: Rod Jones CEO of Navitas
ChAFTA Case Study: Brendan Gibson
11 September 2015
ChAFTA Case Study: Brendan Gibson General Marketing Manager of Intermodel, Aurizon
Message from the CEO: Why ChAFTA must be ratified
6 September 2015
The Business Council of Australia launch a communications and advertising campaign in support of the most important bilateral trade deal Australia has ever done - the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).