Former Federal Minister for Finance and Deregulation (2007-2010) Lindsay Tanner, widely regarded as a strong economic thinker and highly respected by industry leaders and economic analysts, is the keynote speaker at APPMA Members Dinner to be held at the MCG in Melbourne on 10 September.

A member of the “Gang of Four” at the centre of the Rudd Government and during the global financial crisis, Tanner was regarded as one of the government’s strongest economic minds. He has sectoral knowledge in areas including transport, communications, infrastructure, finance, manufacturing, health insurance, and government/bureaucracy.

He is also an industrial relations expert after six years as a union leader, and helped create Workcare (now Workcover) and the Transport Accident Commission. His other subject knowledge, on which he has published books, includes economics, environmental issues, social relationships, and media.

Tanner will share his insight on the Australian political and financial landscape and the impact local and global factors have on Australian businesses, such as interest rates, strength of the Australian dollar, Federal election results, and the influence of major global political leaders on important trade relationships.

The dinner, a members-only event, will follow the AGM where the 2019-2020 APPMA Board will be announced. Mark Dingley, APPMA chairman, says: "I encourage every member to attend – this is your association, and the AGM is the time to hear how the APPMA is performing, and about its plans.

"This is the first year the new constitution comes into effect, whereby all members have the opportunity to vote electronically one week before the AGM."

If you would like to find out more about the AGM and dinner, contact the APPMA office on

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