AADA 2020 Moving Forward will include a series of feature sessions, delivering high quality content on subjects of importance to the retail automotive industry.

In “The Automotive Code – Lessons From Holden”, AADA CEO, James Voortman, and Labor Senator, Deborah O’Neill, will discuss what the industry and the government have learned from General Motors’ departure from Australia, and how that can help shape a better, fairer Code of Conduct legislation, designed specifically for the franchised Dealer industry.

Mr Voortman recently testified at the Senate Inquiry into Holden, a committee of which Senator O’Neill was a member, showing great interest in and support for the need for a stand-alone code. This session will update Dealers on the latest progress on the issue.

Balancing the political ledger, Liberal Senator David Van will deliver a session on “The Franchise Relationship”. A former managing director of PR firm the De Wintern Group, Senator Van was also a board director of the Australian Association of Franchisees.

These interrelated subjects are vitally important for Dealers in the current economic climate, and will shape the retail automotive model for years to come.

AADA has a long history of engagement with both sides of politics. Our annual Convention regularly features talks and sessions from sitting Ministers and Members of Parliament, as well as former Prime Ministers, Treasurers and other high-ranking politicians.

AADA does an incredible amount of advocacy for members with politicians on a federal and state level, and their ongoing support for our events is indicative of the impression we are making in the halls of parliament.

It promises to be a highly informative and entertaining program with many valuable takeaways for Dealers and key personnel.

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