Craig Emerson is well known as a former Federal Trade Minister. But Craig’s background was a small country town in a family that was in continual crisis. Craig’s mother had severe depression and his father was a war veteran who was exhausted by his own experiences and the constant fights. Craig was traumatised yet he benefitted from a good education and became a trusted adviser in the highest office in the land. Craig opens up in telling his deeply human tale which is inspirational for our young.
Plenary session 3 The future of trade negotiations: Bilateral, plurilateral or multilateral? As globalisation is facing challenges this session will examine some important questions about trade policy and examine opportunities for Australian initiatives. The questions include: Are preferential trade agreements part of the solution or part of the problem? What is the possibility of genuine progress through the WTO? What is the significance of the US withdrawal from the TransPacific Partnership? Panelists: • Charlene Barshefsky Chair, International Trade, Invertment and Market Access Practice Group, Wilmerhale and former US Trade Representative • Craig Emerson Managing Director, Craig Emerson Economics and former Australian Trade Minister • Mari Pangestu Former Indonesian Trade Minister • Shiro Armstrong Co-Director, Australia-Japan Research Centre, ANU College of Asia & the Pacificr Chair: • Peter Grey Senior Adviser, International Business Engagement, Corrs Chambers Westgarth