Fiona Berkin, AMMA Board Member and CEO, Morris Corporation (front). Back (L-R), AMMA chief executive Steve Knott; Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack; Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matthew Canavan; ExxonMobil Australia Chairman Richard Owen, Woodside Energy Chief Operating Officer Mike Utsler, and Broadspectrum CEO Graeme Hunt (all also AMMA Board Members).

LAST Wednesday AMMA hosted its 2016 ‘Dinner with the Coalition’ evening, providing for another successful annual event in which senior executives in Australia’s resource industry could engage directly with senior policy makers in the Australian Government.

Co-hosted by National Party member and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Matthew Canavan, a number of executives from AMMA’s membership were also joined by Minister for Employment Michaela Cash; Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Greg Hunt; and the Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack.

“As Australia’s national resource industry employer group, AMMA prides itself on being the conduit between our nation’s policy makers in Canberra and the leaders of our mining, oil and gas and allied sectors, all of which are so critical to employment in this country and our broader economic prosperity,” said AMMA chief executive Steve Knott.

“Last week’s event was the fourth annual occasion where instead of hearing from AMMA, a number of Australian Government ministers could learn directly from senior executives of our members about the issues impacting their businesses and our wider industry.

“We met with members of the Coalition leadership team following a very successful fortnight for the government and for our nation in which breakthroughs on key policy issues for resource employers had been achieved (see related communication here).

“I am pleased that all of the resource industry executives present got a chance to engage with all our political guests in what was an informal and enjoyable evening for all in the final days of Parliament for 2016.”