Postponed: Luncheon with the new Australian Minister for Industry, The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP

  • Thursday, December 19, 2013
  • 12:00 - 14:00
  • "Astor III", The St. Regis Bangkok, 159 Rajadamri Road, Bangkok


  • Open to any employee of an AustCham member company. To register for website access please go to the 'member info' tab on the AustCham home page and select 'apply for website access'.

    Members may register guests at the non-member price.
  • For those who do not belong to the Chamber or are not employed by an AustCham member company.

    You may register additional guests.

AustCham is pleased to invite members and friends to a special Luncheon Address by the Minister for Industry, The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP.  This is the first visit to Thailand by an Abbott Government Minister.  It will be a rare opportunity to hear a senior member of the Cabinet speak on the topic of "Revitalising the Australian Economy and Engaging with Asia".

Having served as Industry Minister under John Howard's Prime Ministership, Ian Macfarlane is exceptionally well placed to comment on the challenges and opportunities ahead for Australia and Australian-related businesses. The Industry portfolio is a broad one that encompasses Australia's industry, innovation, science, energy and resources policy - among other responsibilities.

Event details
Thursday 19 December 2013
12:00 - 14:00, registration from 11:45
Cost: Baht 1,000 for members
  Baht 1,300 for non-members
Location: "Astor III", The St. Regis Bangkok, 159 Rajadamri Road, Bangkok
Rajadamri (skywalk from BTS into hotel)

Guest speaker

The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP
Australian Minister for Industry

Ian Macfarlane was first elected to federal Parliament in 1998.

Ian brings a wealth of experience to the newly created Industry portfolio. He previously served as a Minister in the Howard Government holding the portfolio of Small Business (2001) before being promoted to the Cabinet role of Industry, Tourism and Resources (2001-2007). As Shadow Minister he was responsible for Energy and Resources.

He has also previously been the Coalition’s spokesperson for Trade and for Infrastructure and Water.

Before entering federal politics Ian farmed peanuts, sorghum and wheat and ran cattle in Queensland's Burnett region before becoming one of the country's most active agripoliticians.

He was President of the Queensland Graingrowers Association for seven years, President of the Grains Council of Australia for two years and simultaneously held executive positions on the Queensland and National Farmers Federations.

The practical farming tendencies still run deep. Ian takes a pragmatic and direct approach to policy, cutting through red tape, and getting things done for Australian business and industry on a political level.

Ian is married to Karen with two daughters. He lives in Toowoomba, Australia's largest provincial inland city.