Australia: Nation or Commodity?

Past Event

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 - 5:30pm to 7pm

While few would argue that foreign investment has fuelled growth in Australia for the past 200 years, there is a difference between investment and ownership. If the “rest of the world's looking at Australia and it's got a massive for sale sign stuck on it at the moment" (HLB Mann Judd partner Simon James in 2015), are we at risk of falling victim to the lure of short term financial returns at the expense of our future?

Is Australia becoming a safe haven for cashed-up investors and will the ownership of the land itself pass into foreign hands? Have we consolidated our position in the world of commodities and trade or are we simply a source of raw materials? Is the Australian brand being protected? If Australia is a commodity and not a nation, what is the impact on the social, political and cultural life of the country? These and other important questions will be discussed by our two speakers.

  • General Admission: $20
  • ISAA Members / Friends Members / Concession: $15 


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