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Printers vs Pollies, big night in Canberra

Wednesday, 17 October 2018
By Wayne Robinson

Tonight will see a bevy of print leaders and federal politicians come face to face in the Print2Parliament event.

Organised and hosted by the PIAA, the event will take place at Parliament House in Canberra, and will see several government ministers with direct impact on the printing industry looking to hear from printers, and discuss important issues.

Minsters present will include Angus Taylor, Minster for Energy, Mitch Fyfield, Minister for Communication, which includes Australia Post, Michaelia Cash, Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Training, and Kelly O’Dwyer, Minister for Industrial Relations. Their shadow cabinet members, who may be in power in six months time, will also be present.

Energy: Angus Taylor

Josh Frydenberg, Federal Treasurer, has accepted an invitation to come, although he may or may not be able to attend. Tanya Plibersek, deputy leader of the Labor Party will be there, as will shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen.

In addition a plethora of local MPs will be turning up, and as well as talking to printers will be able to see the full range of winning print from the National Print Awards.

Those with more exotic tastes may be interested to note that Pauline Hanson has also accepted an invitation to attend.

The welcome will be given by Theo Pettaras, owner of DigitalPress in Sydney. Andrew Macaulay, CEO of the PIAA will welcome the speakers, who will include Michael Sukar from the Liberal party and Wayne Swan from the Labor party. Graham Russell, CEO of Media Super will speak, and PIAA President Walter Kuhn will give the formal thankyou.

Shadow Treasurer: Chris Bowen

Andrew Macaulay is urging printers to communicate the ‘Top Six’ issues facing the industry to the pollies, including the need for reliable and affordable energy, increased funding for skills training, less red tape for IR, recognition of the environmental accreditation programme, an Australia first print procurement plan for state and federal government, and AusPost to consult with the print industry before raising prices.

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