Shadow Minister for Trade and Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Member for Fisher Peter Slipper will get a personal tour of the ‘Africa’ exhibit from Terri Irwin, during a visit to Australia Zoo next Wednesday (September 28).
“Ms Bishop is a key leader in Australian politics and is very committed to addressing the challenges facing our nation, in particular those issues relating to trade and foreign affairs,” Mr Slipper said.
“It’s great that she has the chance to visit Australia Zoo and inspect the amazing displays, while also discussing trade and tourism issues directly with Terri.”
Ms Bishop, who is also Deputy Opposition Leader, was invited to the Sunshine Coast by Mr Slipper, and will attend a number of events, including meeting with local exporters and with the executive of the University of the Sunshine Coast.
“Education is a considerable export for the area, as is tourism, but we have a number of other firms who are doing great things on the international export scene,” Mr Slipper said.
“Ms Bishop is keen to meet with local exporters to discuss issues impacting on their ability to trade internationally, as well as any other topics of concern.”
While in the area, Ms Bishop will attend a breakfast at Alexandra Headland, Australia Zoo, lunch at Beerwah, a meeting with exporters at Mr Slipper’s office at Buddina, a meeting with the executive of the University of the Sunshine Coast and an evening cocktail function.
“I am particularly keen to invite locally-based exporters to attend the function with Ms Bishop at my office, so they can raise any issues of concern with her directly. It’s an informal event, there is no cost, and it is a great opportunity to ensure the voice of local exporters is heard by Ms Bishop.”