Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott has been appointed by the Australian Political Exchange Council to join the 21st Australian Delegation to Japan.
Since 1981, the Council has assisted in the professional development of young Australian political leaders by sponsoring visits to key Australian trading and strategic partners. In return, the Council receives delegations from participating countries to learn about our own political system and build enduring networks between young political leaders.
Mr Elliott said he was honoured to be chosen by the Council and looked forward to the one week visit.
“As a graduate of Asian Studies I have always maintained a strong interest in our contemporary relationship with Japan,” Mr Elliott said.
Mr Elliott said he hoped to familiarise himself with the Japanese taxation and industrial relations systems.
“The Japanese have a remarkable work ethic and commitment to excellence in so many industries. Their ability to maintain a manufacturing sector, despite being adjacent to labour rich economies like China and Vietnam, is worthy of investigation,” Mr Elliott said.
This is Mr Elliott’s first visit to Japan although his wife, Nicole, has previously been a member of an academic delegation to Tokyo supporting the NSW oyster industry.
The delegation leaves on 1 March.