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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

BUSINESS LEADERS FOCUS ON THE ENVIRONMENT


27 May 1999

Federal Environment Minister Senator Robert Hill will welcome some of Australia's most respected environmental managers for the first Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development, to take place at Parliament House tomorrow.

Senator Hill said the forum, organised by the Environment Management Industries Association of Australia, would help open up new business opportunities for Australian companies.

"Environmental management one of the world's most dynamic emerging industries and the forum will bring together leaders in the field, helping them forge ongoing networks to share innovative ideas and technologies," Senator Hill said.

"The forum will focus on the business opportunities presented by ecologically sustainable development practices, exploring the risks and the rewards," Senator Hill said.

"The environment management industry has an important role in Australian business. By strengthening the markets for its goods and services the spin off is not only a profitable Australian industry sector, but also a cleaner environment and also opportunities to build exports based on our expertise."

Recognising that export potential, Senator Hill will tonight launch a Federal Government guide aimed at helping Australian firms tap into the Chinese market with environmental-related business initiatives.

"Australia's domestic market is still too small to sustain the continued development of a viable environment management industry. For the industry to prosper, it needs to target dynamic regional markets such as China," Senator Hill said.

"Sharing knowledge and expertise with China increases our ability to address the environmental priorities facing both countries and the region as a whole."

Media Alert: Senator Hill will deliver the opening address to the Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development, in the Mural Hall at Parliament at 8.30am tomorrow, Friday May 28th.

Copies of the book Doing Environment Business with China: A Guide, are available on request. For more information: Rod Bruem (02) 6277 7640

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