Sydney, 27 January 2017. The German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce welcomes the new Premier for New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, and wishes her great success in this crucial role.
The German-Australian Chamber is committed to New South Wales and is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2017, having been established in Sydney and continually engaging with the German-Australian business community through its offices in Sydney and Melbourne, and since 2015, also through its Chapter in Brisbane.
However, Premier Berejiklian also faces significant challenges in areas such as addressing the infrastructure need of the growing State. We encourage her to continue the massive infrastructure investments that are necessary to keep the State’s economy growing and the quality of life for its citizens. It is also important for the Premier to continue the infrastructure investment with global best practice involvement and this includes keeping tender processes fair to international competitors.
New South Wales needs to stay open for international trade and investments and the State Government needs to work in collaboration with the Commonwealth Government to address existing barriers, including non-tariff trade barriers and to support the establishment of a comprehensive Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement.
At the same time, the New South Wales State Government can directly address and remove some barriers to trade and investment affecting companies in the bilateral business community. One example is the high fees payable by parents on 457-visas when their children attend New South Wales schools.
The German-Australian Chamber fosters trade, investment and R&D linkages between Australia and Germany. The Chamber represents more than 400 German and Australian companies and provides a wide range of services for members and non-members alike, particularly for small and medium-sized companies.
Media Contact: Dr Michael Zettinig, Director of Policy, German-Australian Chamber, michael.zettinig(at)germany.org.au, 02 8296 0448