Dawkins key speaker at China investment forum

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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Former Australian Treasurer and Trade Minister the Hon. John Dawkins AO will join key experts from the University of Adelaide in a free public forum that explores the controversial issue of China's investment in the Australian resources industry.

The forum - being held at the National Wine Centre tonight (5.00pm Wednesday 8 April) - will feature experts in the fields of trade, economics, minerals and energy, government relations and Chinese studies.

Issues to be addressed at the forum include:

  • the Australia/China Free Trade Agreement and implications for investment;
  • what issues concern the public about Chinese investment in Australia;
  • comparisons with other countries investing in the resources industry;
  • the Chinese perspective; and
  • the current state of affairs of the Australian resources industry.

The speakers are:

The Hon. John Dawkins AO
Director, Government Relations Australia, Former Australian Treasurer, Former Minister for Trade

Professor Christopher Findlay AM
Professor of Economics and Head, School of Economics, University of Adelaide

Mr Andrew Stoler
Executive Director of the University of Adelaide's Institute for International Trade, Senior Advisor to the Shanghai and Shenzhen WTO Affairs Centres

Mr Fusheng Gao
Managing Director, Sinosteel Uranium SA Pty Ltd

Jointly presented by the University of Adelaide's Confucius Institute and the Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources, this forum is a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of one of the most topical and pressing issues facing Australia today.

WHAT: "Chinese Investment in the Australian Resources Industry" public forum - part of the Confucius Institute's China Briefing series for 2009
WHERE: The Vines Room, National Wine Centre, Adelaide
WHEN: 5.00pm to 7.00pm Wednesday 8 April
COST: Free and open to all, but registration is essential. To register, call 08 8303 4799 or email: confucius.institute@adelaide.edu.au


Contact Details

Professor Christopher Findlay
Email: christopher.findlay@adelaide.edu.au
Executive Dean
Faculty of the Professions
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 3986

Mr Andrew L. Stoler
Email: andrew.stoler@adelaide.edu.au
Website: http://www.iit.adelaide.edu.au/
Executive Director, Institute for International Trade
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 6944
Mobile: 0412 586 063

Professor Richard Hillis
Email: rhillis@asp.adelaide.edu.au
Website: http://www.asp.adelaide.edu.au/
PIRSA Professor of Petroleum Geology
Director, Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources; Head, Australian School of Petroleum; Interim Director, South Australian Centre of Excellence for Geothermal Research
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 3080
Mobile: 0418 110 737

Professor Mobo Gao
Email: mobo.gao@adelaide.edu.au
Website: http://www.confucius.adelaide.edu.au/
Professor of Chinese Studies
Director, Confucius Institute
University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5803
Mobile: 0404 178 417

Mr David Ellis
Email: david.ellis@adelaide.edu.au
Website: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/newsroom/
Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Relations
External Relations
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5414
Mobile: +61 (0)421 612 762