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Premier of Tasmania, Lara Giddings, was the special guest at Crawford School of Public Policy, at roundtable discussions addressing the potentially profound implications the rise and transformation of Asia could have on the small southern state.
The Premier came to the school on 20 February, in the lead up to the release of a Tasmanian Government white paper Tasmania's Role in the Asian Century, written in partnership with Crawford School.
This discussion brought the Premier together with the team responsible for drafting the white paper and many leading scholars of Asia from Crawford School. The discussion was chaired by Crawford School Director, Professor Tom Kompas.
Asia's rise, the changes that are likely to unfold in Asian economies and societies, and the consequences for Tasmania, were all central to the roundtable discussion.
Particular attention was given to how Tasmania might engage with Asia, the challenges the State faces, and how it might make the most of the opportunities presented by the Asian century.
Topics covered in the discussion aimed to address the main question posed in the paper which is, how can Tasmania best position itself to capture current and emerging economic opportunities in Asia?
A full version of the issues paper can be accessed through the Tasmania Government website: http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/171448/Issues2012.pdf
A full gallery of images from the Premier's visit can be viewed on Crawford School of Public Policy's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CrawfordSchool