Political Roundtables

Political Roundtables

Canberra Business Chamber facilitates access to key political decision-makers, such as the ACT Chief Minister, Opposition Leader, MLAs, Federal Politicians and senior bureaucrats.

Political Roundtables are a unique opportunity for our Principal and Corporate Members to engage and build relationships with ACT and Commonwealth government leaders, and exchange ideas on the issues affecting businesses and economic growth in Canberra.

Roundtables held in 2021

Attorney-General, Minister for Water, Energy & Emissions Reduction, Gaming, Consumer Affairs

  • What will a net zero emissions economy look like – the economy-wide vision and implications, impacts and opportunities for business? 

Minister for Government Business, Industrial Relations & Workplace Safety, Planning & Land Management, Police & Emergency Services, corrections

  • Review of the ACT planning system, fostering the space industry 

Minister for Health, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Children, Youth and Families 

  • Impacts of Covid-19 on business, triggers for lockdown or border closure for the ACT and how can businesses know what the triggers would be so they can use this for continuity planning?  

Discussion points: 

  • The members discussed with the MLAs the industries of the future for the ACT.  
  • Which industries would an incoming Liberal govt provide special support for, and why?  
  • What is their alternative vision for the ACT economy? 

Minister for the Arts, Business & Better Regulation, Human Rights and Multicultural Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Economic Development 

  • Plans for small business support programs as ACT Budget approaches.  
  • Potential ACT lockdown and business support measures if one eventuates.  

Senator for ACT, Shadow Minister for Finance and Shadow Minister for the Public Service 

  • How have the current payments during lockdown have been received? 
  • What are business’ views about what is required in a post-COVID (lockdown) world that the federal government could assist with. 

Senator for ACT, Minister for International Development and the Pacific

  • What are business’ views about what is required in a post-COVID (lockdown) world that the federal government could assist with. 
  • Feedback from business on the impact of the current lockdown